Sedlack, Renee

Title: Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership

Department: Graduate Studies in Education

Phone: 352-588-5793



  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Queens College of the City University of New York
  • Master of Science in Early Childhood Education, Queens College of the City University of New York
  • Doctor of Education, University of South Florida


Dr. Sedlack has 42 years of experience in public education as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and human resources director.

Her focus as a school leader was to close the achievement gap for underserved populations and increase parent involvement in communities at the poverty level. Her doctoral dissertation: Principals and Families: Creating Partnerships for Student Achievement (2003) focused on the relationships between principals and families in communities with differing demographics.

Dr. Sedlack is a volunteer for Take Stock in Children, is on the School Advisory Council for a local alternative school, and has mentored new principals for the District School Board of Pasco County since 2011.

She has been at Saint Leo University since 2008 as a University Supervisor and adjunct professor in graduate and undergraduate education. In 2016, she became a full time assistant professor.

Dr. Sedlack’s favorite movie is The Wizard of Oz.

Teaching & Professional Interests:

Dr. Sedlack’s focus as a professor is to prepare future school leaders to understand the complex role of the principal as a servant leader in respect to building culture, fostering a positive climate, using data to make instructional decisions, developing and maintaining partnerships with families and the community, and understanding the foundation of ethical leadership.

Honors & Awards:

  • Outstanding Pasco County Elementary Administrator (1988-89, 1989-90)
  • Florida State Commissioner’s Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership (1993-94)
  • Council for Exceptional Children Pasco County Administrator of the Year (1994-95);
  • Pasco County Elementary Principal of the Year (1995-96)
  • Pasco County District Administrator of the Year (1996-97)
  • Florida School Counselor Association State School Based Administrator of the Year (1997-98)
  • District School Board of Pasco County Director of the Year (2010-11).

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