Published: Sep 14, 2010 2:30 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 13, 2010 11:31 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Dr. Shirley Chapman is not your average principal.

Dressed in fatigues she monitors classes at the Lee Charter School in the Dunbar community. Staff members are dressed in military garb as well.

The theme, "Waging war against ignorance". A concept Dr. Chapman says, is helping to push students and staff to a level of excellence.

Seven years ago the school was graded an "F" by state officials. Dr. Chapman says it was a disappoint, but not discouraging.

She continued her path to make kids and staff believe that they could succeed. The positive vibes have paid off. The school has maintained an "A" grade from state education officials for the last 3 years.

The principal's efforts have even been recognized by Governor Charlie Christ.