Omar Monteagudo has been an educator for 18 years and holds degrees in Political Science, Latin American Studies and Law. He is a graduate from Florida International University and the University of Florida.
Dr. Monteagudo served in an administrative capacity prior to assuming the role of Principal first at Miami Lakes Educational Center, where he served as an Assistant Principal for Curriculum, and then at School for Advanced Studies. Prior to working in administration, Dr. Monteagudo was an Advanced Placement American Government and U.S. History teacher at Design and Architecture Senior High, where he also served as Social Studies Department and Grade-Level Chairperson.
Dr. Monteagudo is a past fellow of the Florida Supreme Court Justice Teaching Institute, Chairs the Schools Program Committee of the Dade Bar Association, and is a member of the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association. He has been recognized by Miami Dade County Public Schools as Region Principal of the Year, Region Assistant Principal of the Year Finalist, Region Teacher of the Year Finalist, District Social Studies Teacher of the Year, District Rookie Teacher of the Year, and District United Teachers of Dade (UTD) Rookie Steward of the Year. He has also been recognized by the University of Chicago as an Outstanding Educator, is listed as a Who's Who of American Educators, is a recipient of the Presidential Recognition Award at the University of Florida and is a member of the University of Florida Blue Key.
During his tenure as Principal at School for Advanced Studies, the number of students completing the Associate in Arts degree from Miami Dade College has increased from 25% to 95%; scholarships awarded have increased from $5.8 million to $24.2 million; student enrollment has increased from 477 to 600 students; student Advanced Placements scores have increased by nine percentage points; ACT composite scores were the 2nd highest in the State of Florida in 2014; SAT averages surpassed district, state and national mean average in critical reading, mathematics and writing; the number of Advanced Placement Scholars has increased by 48%; and the school has been recognized by Newsweek Magazine as the 6th Best High School in America, 11th Best in the U.S. by the Daily Beast, #1 Public High School in Florida by Niche and named by the Washington Post as one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. In addition, the school has won various accolades at the district and state level including We the People Competition, Moot Court, Mock Trial, FBLA, African American Brain Bowl, and Science Olympiad. Under his leadership, two additional sites, the Academy for Advanced Academics – South and North Campuses at Florida International University, were opened to ensure that a larger segment of the population were afforded access to high-quality educational services.
The number of National Merit, National Achievement and National Hispanic Scholars, as well as scholars graduating with a Bright Future Scholarship (95%) and the Superintendent’s Diploma of Distinction (73%), has been the highest in the school's history under his leadership.
The increased focus on academic rigor and college exploration during his tenure has resulted in students being admitted to the most prestigious colleges and universities, including Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, Yale, MIT, Brown, Cal Tech, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Duke, Johns Hopkins, University of Chicago, Dartmouth College, Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Emory, Georgetown, Carnegie Mellon, UCLA, Rice, University of Southern California, University of California at Berkeley and Washington University in St. Louis.