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Media Releases: May 19, 2009

New Principal Appointments

Kyle Dresback, principal of Switzerland Point Middle School (SPMS), has been named by Superintendent Joseph Joyner to serve as the new principal of Nease High School (NHS). Lisa Kunze, assistant principal at Ponte Vedra High School, will replace him as principal at SPMS.

Dr. Linda Thomson will come to the district office to fill the vacant position of Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

Mr. Dresback has been employed by the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) since 1996 and has served as principal of SPMS for the past two and one-half years. Prior to that, he spent two and one-half years as assistant principal at St. Augustine High School and two and one-half years as the district Director of Purchasing. He also has more than five years experience at NHS, serving as the registrar and as a math and computer science teacher.

“Mr. Dresback is an outstanding principal,” said Superintendent Joyner.  “He is the perfect leader for Nease at this time, and his passion and love for the school are very evident.  Kyle is focused on excellence through outstanding teaching, and this emphasis has resulted in high student achievement.”

Mr. Dresback holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Florida (UNF) and is working on his doctorate at the University of Florida.

Lisa Kunze started her educational career in Duval County as a science teacher at Mandarin High School. She taught for seven years before becoming an assistant principal for curriculum at Stanton College Preparatory School. Four years later she was promoted to vice principal at Sandalwood High School. In 2005 she came to the SJCSD as an assistant principal at NHS and two years later moved to PVHS to help open the school.

“Ms. Kunze is an incredibly talented educational leader,” said Dr. Joyner.  “She has been highly respected at every school, and the principals she has worked with have all lauded her considerable skills.  Lisa is familiar with the Switzerland Point community and will be an outstanding principal.”

Ms. Kunze has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University and a master’s degree from UNF.

Dr. Thomson has served as principal of NHS for the past four years. During her tenure the school moved up from #473 to #78 on the Newsweek list of the best American high schools. The school earned 13 state championships or runner-up titles, and the band tripled in size and won numerous awards. The Stellar Academy of Engineering, Nease’s first career academy, won national recognition under her administration.

In her new position Dr. Thomson will work on curriculum scope and sequence for grades K-12 and end of the year core subject tests for high school students, areas in which she has prior experience. She came to the SCJSD as the principal of Fairfax High School with almost 26 years of background in education. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville University, a master’s degree from Keane College of New Jersey and a doctorate from the University of Houston.

“I have a great deal of admiration and respect for the work of Dr. Thomson at Nease over these past four years,” said Dr. Joyner.  “Her considerable talents in the area of curriculum will now benefit all children in St. Johns County, and I look forward to her joining the district team.”

These appointments will all take effect on July 1.

Last Modified: May 20, 2009