Growing Community Engagement with Nathaniel Provencio | Tanya Sheckley | 2 Min Read

March 21, 2024

On this Rebel Educator® podcast, Tanya Sheckley has a conversation with Nathaniel Provencio who has worked in the public education field since 2001 as a classroom teacher, building administrator and associate superintendent. In 2010, he became the principal of Minnieville Elementary in Prince William County, Virginia. Under his leadership, Minnieville Elementary was recognized as a Virginia Distinguished Title 1 School, became a National Model Professional Learning Community and was the winner of the 2019 Richard DuFour PLC Award.

Provencio has been honored as the 2017 Prince William County principal of the year, the 2017 Washington Post Principal of the Year and the 2019 Virginia National Distinguished Principal of the Year.

He is the author of Community Connections and Your PLC at Work, which focuses on how schools can utilize the professional learning community framework to enhance family and community engagement.

Provencio graduated from the University of North Alabama in 2001 with a degree in education and has a master’s degree in education administration from George Mason University in which he was recognized as one of 50 all-time George Mason University Alumni.

Join us for this insightful conversation about improving schools by implementing Professional Learning Communities, focusing on customer service in education, and investing in people over products.


  • Nathaniel’s journey from substitute teacher to superintendent, and now education consultant.
  • What a professional learning community is and Nathaniel’s two-pronged approach to build an award winning one.
  • Core ideas to help administrators use the the professional learning community framework to do this in their own schools.
  • Increasing community and family engagement.
  • The benefits of shifting to a customer service approach as a school leader.
  • Positive and negative trends Nathaniel has seen working with schools across the country.


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Tanya Sheckley

Tanya Sheckley is Founder and President of UP Academy, an elementary lab school which values innovation, empathy and strength and incorporates a unique neuro-development program for children with physical disabilities. Tanya’s vision and mission show it’s possible to celebrate differences, change what’s broken in the American education system, and that all children can receive a rigorous, well-rounded education. She is an Edpreneur, Author of Rebel Educator: Create Classrooms of Imagination and Impact and host of the Rebel Educator podcast. She speaks frequently on the future of education and entrepreneurship. She is a rebel educator who works with new and existing schools to question the status quo and develop innovative student experiences through inclusion and project-based learning.

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