Principal is proof that caring teachers can alter a student’s path in life

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Once a “troubled” child, Panther Ridge’s Janjay Gehndyu leads Visible Men Academy in Bradenton.

Dr. Janjay Gehndyu

Panther Ridge’s Janjay Gehndyu is in demand.

He is one of the region’s top academic tutors and in July became a board member for the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, quickly setting up the Junior Humanitarian of the Year award that debuts this year.

His value as a school administrator has risen quickly, and it is likely he could have his pick of jobs.

But his current one was a somewhat odd decision.

He became the principal at the Visible Men Academy for K-5 students in Bradenton.

Those who know the School District of Manatee County charter school know that it takes kids who have struggled elsewhere. It wouldn’t be too harsh to say other schools didn’t want them.

The overall school rating, when Gehndyu arrived in September 2021, was an F.

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