Additional Principal Appointments

Additional principal appointments have been made by Superintendent Tim Forson. These appointments are effective pending School Board approval on June 13.

“I am extremely proud of this group of leaders and their ability to take on new challenges,” said Superintendent Mr. Tim Forson. “Their dedication to children is unparalleled and I look forward to working with them as principals of their respective schools. I am also honored to welcome Linda Edel to the St. Johns County School District family and know that she will be a great asset to this exemplary team of leaders.”

Dr. Fred Oberkehr, assistant principal at Ponte Vedra High School (PVHS), has been named the new principal of PVHS replacing Steve McCormick who was named as the new principal of Creekside High School.

Oberkehr has served in public education since 1989 and joined the St. Johns County School District as assistant principal at PVHS in 2015. He began his career as a mathematics teacher at the middle and high school levels. He served as a supervisor, elementary and middle school principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent of schools while in New Jersey.

Oberkehr holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, a master’s degree from New Jersey City University and a doctor of education from Seton Hall University.

Linda Edel has been named as the new principal of Timberlin Creek Elementary (TCE). She will replace Traci Hemingway who was named the new principal of Liberty Pines Academy (LPA).

Edel has almost 20 years in education and most recently served as the principal at Central Elementary School in Beaver Falls, Pa. Prior to this position, she was an elementary teacher in Beaver Falls and New Brighton, Pa.

Edel holds a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University of Pa. and a master’s degree from Slippery Rock University. She also holds a K-12 principal certification from Slippery Rock University.

Marquez Jackson, assistant principal of Fruit Cove Middle School (FCMS), has been named the new principal of John A. Crookshank Elementary. He will replace Dr. Paul Goricki who will join district administration as a principal on assignment.

Jackson has more than 18 years in education and began his career as a math teacher for 10 years before becoming an assistant principal for Beaufort County Schools, NC. In 2011 he was named principal of Northeast Elementary School a PK-8, where he served two years. He joined the SJCSD in 2013 as the coordinator for School Services/Facilities Planning and went on to serve as assistant principal at PVHS and FCMS, respectively.

Jackson has a bachelor’s degree from Florida A & M University and a master’s degree from East Carolina University. He also holds an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Supervision from East Carolina University.

Dr. Joy Reichenberg, assistant principal at Osceola Elementary School (OES), has been named the new principal of Hickory Creek Elementary. She will replace Bethany Groves who was named the new principal of The Webster School recently.

Reichenberg has 20 years of experience in education. She began her career as a music teacher at Seacoast Christian Academy and the Providence School and was an elementary teacher at San Mateo Elementary, all in Jacksonville. She joined the SJCSD in 2006 and taught at TCE and LPA before becoming the assistant principal at OES.

Reichenberg holds a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville University, a master’s degree from the University of West Florida and a doctoral degree from Liberty University.

Allison Olson, principal at Julington Creek Elementary (JCE), has been named the new principal of Patriot Oaks Academy (POA). She will replace Emily Harrison who joins district administration as the director of Career and Technical Education.

Olson joined the SJCSD in 2015 as the principal of JCE. Prior to this, she was the principal of Bear Canyon Elementary in Highlands Ranch, Co. and had more than 27 years in education spent in Salt Lake City, Utah; Spring Valley, Ca. Stafford, Va.; and several areas in Co. She began as a teacher and taught at both the elementary and middle school levels before serving as an assistant principal and a principal.

Olson holds a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix.

Jeanette Murphy, assistant principal of Cunningham Creek Elementary (CCE), has been named the new principal of JCE. She will replace Olson who will be the new principal of POA.

Murphy has over 20 years of educational experience. Before joining St. Johns County in 2004 as a middle school math teacher, she was an elementary school teacher and reading specialist in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. In 2008, she became the assistant principal at John A. Crookshank Elementary and went on to serve in this capacity at FCMS before joining CCES in 2015.

Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and a master’s degree from Barry University. She also has a certificate in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University.

This concludes Superintendent Forson’s principal recommendations for the 2017-2018 school year.

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Summer Food Service

The St. Johns County School District will be participating in the Summer Food Service Program for Children June 5—July 28 as outlined below. There will be a break in service on July 4 as the school district will be closed for Independence Day.

Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided to all children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin during summer vacation when school breakfast and lunch are not available. All children 18-years-old and younger are eligible for meals on a first-come, first-serve basis at no charge, and there will be no discrimination in the course of meal service. The programs are approved for geographical areas of need where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free and reduced-price meals during the school year.

Summer feeding sites that are located at schools provide meals to all children in the immediate vicinity in addition to those enrolled in summer school; however, meals are only served during the identified meal service times. Please note that meal service times are subject to change. For any questions and verification of meal service times, please call 1(800) 622-5985 or (904) 547-8932.

Production sites include John A. Crookshank, Osceola and South Woods elementary schools, as well as Pedro Menendez, St. Augustine and St. Johns Technical high schools. Pre-packaged meals will be transported to other sites and will be refrigerated at each site until served. Site personnel will ensure all food items remain at an acceptable temperature before serving to children.

The sites listed below will be in operation as follows:

Site Service Days Beg/End Dates Breakfast Times Lunch Times Break in Service
St. Augustine High School
3205 Varella Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 5—July 27 8:15—8:45 a.m. 10:30 a.m. —12:30 p.m. July 4
John A. Crookshank Elementary
1455 N. Whitney Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 12—July 14 7:45—8:15 a.m. 12—12:20 p.m. July 4
South Woods Elementary
4750 SR 206 West
Elkton, FL 32145
M-F June 5-July 14 7:45—8:15 a.m. 11:30 a.m. —12 p.m. July 4
Pedro Menendez High
600 SR 206 West
St. Augustine, FL 32086
Monday- Thursday June 5—July 21 NA 10:15 a.m. —12 p.m. July 4
Pedro Menendez High
600 SR 206 West
St. Augustine, FL 32086
M-F June 28—July 21 7:30—8:15 a.m. 10:15 a.m. —12:30 p.m. July 4
Osceola Elementary
1605 Osceola Elem. Rd.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F May 30—July 21 7:45—8:15 a.m. 11:30 a.m.—12 p.m. July 4
Armstrong Outreach Center
6408 Armstrong Rd.
Elkton, FL 32033
M-F June 5—July 14 NA 11:30 a.m.—12 p.m. July 4
The Players Championship Boys & Girls Club
555 W. King Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 12—July 21 8:15—8:45 a.m. 11:30 a.m. —12:30 p.m. July 4
The Evelyn Hamblen Center
1 Christopher St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 12-July 14 7:45—8:30 a.m. 11:15—11:45 a.m. July 4
ESHC Family Program
62 Chapin Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 5—July 28 N/A 12—12:30 p.m. July 4
W.E. Harris Community Center
400 East Harris Street
Hastings, FL 32145
M-F June 5—July 21 8:30—9:15 a.m. 11 a.m.—1 p.m. July 4
Solomon Calhoun Center
1400 Duval St.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 5—July 21 8—9 a.m. 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m. July 4
Hastings Teen Center
6150 Main Street
Hastings, FL 32145
M-F June 5—July 21 8—8:30 a.m. 11 a.m.—12 p.m. July 4
St. Paul AME Church
85 M.L. King Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F July 10-July 21 9—9:30 a.m. 11:15—11:45 a.m. N/A
St. Johns Technical High School
2980 Collins Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-TH June 5—June 15 8—9 a.m. 11:15 a.m.—1 p.m. N/A
St. Johns Technical High School
2980 Collins Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F May 30—July 28 N/A 11:30—11:50 a.m. July 4
Woodlawn Terrace Apts.
200 S. Woodlawn Street
St Augustine, FL 32084
T-TH-F June 6—July 25 N/A 11 a.m. -1 p.m. July 4
Collier Blocker Puryear Rec.
10 N. Holmes Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 5-July 21 7:30—9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. —1:30 p.m. July 4
Ketterlinus Gym
60 Orange Street
St Augustine, FL 32084
M-F June 12—July 21 7:30—9 a.m. 11:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m. July 4
Valley Ridge Academy
105 Greanleaf Dr.
Ponte Vedra, FL 32081
M-F June 12-June 16 7:45—8:15 p.m. 12­—12:30 p.m. N/A
Valley Ridge Academy
105 Greanleaf Dr.
Ponte Vedra, FL 32081
M-F July 10-July 14 7:45—8:15 p.m. 12—12:30 p.m. N/A

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Principal and Personnel Appointments

Additional personnel and principal appointments have taken place recently within the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD). Superintendent Tim Forson has named these appointments which are effective pending School Board approval.

“I am excited about the breadth of experience and knowledge these individuals bring to their new positions,” said Superintendent Mr. Tim Forson. “I am extremely proud of the work and care they devote to students and I know this will serve them well in their new roles. I am also pleased to have Antonio Scott join us as he will be a great addition to our team of high-quality leaders in St. Johns County.”

Bethany Mitidieri, principal at The Webster School, has been named the new principal of Wards Creek Elementary (WCE) replacing Edie Jarrell who was named as the new principal of Cunningham Creek Elementary (CCE) last week.

Mitidieri joined the SJCSD as principal of The Webster School in 2012. Prior to this she served as principal of Suwannee Intermediate School in Live Oak. Mitidieri has worked with Exceptional Student Education (ESE) programs as a teacher and administrator since 1995 in school districts within New York and Florida.

Mitidieri holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, NY, and a master’s degree from State University College at New Paltz.

Emily Harrison, principal at Patriot Oaks Academy (POA), will join district administration as the director of Career and Technical Education. She replaces Chris Force who was appointed as principal of First Coast Technical College earlier this year.

Harrison opened Patriot Oaks Academy (POA) as principal in 2013. Previously she was the principal at Landrum Middle School and the assistant principal at Fruit Cove Middle School.  She also worked as a gifted teacher at CCE for one year and has six years of elementary school teaching experience in Florida and Georgia prior to joining the SJCSD in 2005.

Harrison has a bachelor’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and a master’s degree from the University of North Florida.

Dr. Paul Goricki, principal at John A. Crookshank Elementary (CES), will join the district administration as a principal on assignment. His new role will include working with the student support services and curriculum and instruction departments.

Goricki has more than 30 years of experience in education. He began his career as an elementary teacher in Kalamazoo, Michigan and earned his first principalship also in Kalamazoo. He served as a principal in Salisbury, Md.; Easton, Md.; Charlestown, N.H.; and Newark, Del. While in N.H., Goricki was the principal of four schools simultaneously in the Alstead Attendance Area. In 1997, he joined the SJCSD as the principal at Julington Creek Elementary and in 2005 opened Hickory Creek Elementary (HCE) as principal before joining CES as its leader in 2014.

Goricki holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. He also holds a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale.

Antonio Scott, principal of Cashell Elementary in Rockville, Md, has been named the new principal of W.D. Hartley Elementary. Scott will replace Joy Taylor who is retiring at the conclusion of this school year.

Scott began his career in education in 2001 as a teacher in Brooklyn, NY. He then became a dance specialist for grades K-5 also in Brooklyn. His elementary teaching career also included opportunities in Fairfax, Va and Germantown, Md. Scott then became the assistant principal at Whetstone Elementary in Gaithersburg, Md where he spent five years. He also spent two years as a principal intern before being named the principal of Cashell Elementary in 2015. Prior to teaching he spent 11 years as a principal dancer, composer, rehearsal director and the lead dancer and company teacher at Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Alvin Ailey Dance Theater both in New York, NY.

Scott holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pa; a master’s degree from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, Ny and a master’s degree from Shenandoah University, Winchester, Va.

Bethany Groves, principal of HCES, has been named the new principal of The Webster School. She will replace Mitidieri who will become the principal of WCE.

Groves began her career in 1994 as an elementary teacher in Kentucky, and then continued as a teacher for eight years at Southwest Elementary in Indiana. In 2006, Groves moved to St. Johns County where she taught at Julington Creek Elementary School before serving as an administrator for seven years at CES, HCES and R.J. Murray Middle School, respectively. In 2014 she joined HCE as principal.

Groves holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, a master’s degree from Northern Kentucky University and Educational Leadership Certification from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Forson will make more appointments in the coming week.

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Naming of Elementary “M”

The St. Johns County School Board approved the name Picolata Crossing Elementary School for the school previously known as Elementary “M” at its School Board meeting held today. During community meetings held recently, Principal Jud Strickland collected input from the public and provided the suggested names to school board members during its workshop on April 25.

Picolata Crossing Elementary will open for the 2017-2018 school year and is being constructed at 2675 Pacetti Road. With 871 student stations, the school will contain approximately 110,000 square feet and 43 classrooms. Movable walls will open to create flexible-sized classroom spaces and extend learning areas for collaboration opportunities. This school will also feature state-of-the-art technology and core facilities that include a media center, cafetorium, playgrounds and physical education fields. It is two stories and being built to Green Building Standards on an 18.5-acre site.

New Principal Appointments

Randall “Jud” Strickland, principal of Cunningham Creek Elementary (CCE), has been selected by Superintendent Tim Forson to be the principal of elementary “M” currently being constructed at 2675 Pacetti Road, St. Augustine, 32092. His nomination will be presented to the School Board at its February 14 meeting.

Kirstie Gabaldon, assistant principal of Sebastian Middle School, has been selected by Superintendent Tim Forson to be the principal of Switzerland Point Middle School replacing Lisa Kunze who was recently chosen selected to be the principal of Allen D. Nease High School (NHS). Her nomination will also be presented to the School Board at its February 14 meeting.

Strickland has served as the principal of CCE since 2013. Prior to this, he served more than 20 years in the Duval County Public School System where he spent 10 years as a principal and was responsible for opening Bartram Springs Elementary School. He also held the position of executive director for elementary turnaround schools and as chief of elementary schools where he was responsible for leading and managing 53 elementary and two k-8 schools with more than 30,000 students.

“Mr. Strickland is a proven leader with a breadth of experience,” said Superintendent Forson. “His knowledge on opening a school will serve him well for Elementary “M” and I know he will easily connect with the students and community to prepare for the 2017-2018 school year.”

Strickland has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of North Florida (UNF).

With more than 17 years of experience, Gabaldon has spent her entire career serving the students in St. Johns County. She started as a teacher at NHS and then went on to be the registrar at Bartram Trail High School before joining Creekside High School as an assistant principal. She also served at Murray Middle School when it was in need of an assistant principal for an extended period. She joined Sebastian Middle School prior to the start of this school year.

“Ms. Gabaldon has been an exceptional assistant principal and I am extremely confident in her leadership abilities,” said Forson. “She brings an enthusiasm and a can-do attitude that will continue the excellence at SPMS.”

Gabaldon has a bachelor’s degree from the University of East Anglia, England and a master’s degree from UNF.

Forson will begin gathering input from staff and the community for the new principal of CCE in the coming weeks.

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Early Registration

The St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) will hold early registration for children entering kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year.

Wednesday, February 15 1 – 5 p.m. Friday, March 24 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 4 1 – 5 p.m. Monday, May 15 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

To be eligible for public kindergarten in the SJCSD, children must be 5 years old on or before September 1 and must reside in St. Johns County.

Parents must register children at the school where they are zoned for the 2017-2018 school year. To find your school, enter your street address on the Attendance Zone Locator at www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/zoning/. Students zoned for new Elementary School “M” will need to register at Pacetti Bay Middle School, located at 245 Meadowlark Lane, St. Augustine. Contact the Student Services Department at 547-7598 for additional information on registration and zoning.

Requirements for registration:

  • Birth certificate
  • Documentation of a health examination performed on or after August 11, 2016
  • Proof of completed required immunizations on Form DH680
  • Proof of residence per the Residency and Guardianship Policy located at stjohns.k12.fl.us/student/residency/

Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK) early registration will also take place at select schools on the above dates and times. Children entering the VPK program must be 4 years old on or before September 1. The St. Johns County School District VPK offers a high-quality early childhood education program with small class sizes and degreed teachers with certification in disabilities.

VPK is available at John A. Crookshank, Cunningham Creek, Durbin Creek, Ketterlinus, Otis Mason, Mill Creek, Ocean Palms, Osceola, PVPV/Rawlings, South Woods, Timberlin Creek and Wards Creek elementary schools as well as The Webster School and Valley Ridge Academy.

The SJCSD Head Start Program is currently taking applications for the 2017-2018 school year at the Head Start Office located at 102 Martin Luther King Ave. in St. Augustine.

For additional information on VPK or Head Start, please contact Early Childhood Services at 547-4897.

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Principal Announced for Allen D. Nease High School

Lisa Kunze, principal of Switzerland Point Middle School (SPMS), has been selected by Superintendent Tim Forson to be the principal of Allen D. Nease High School (NHS). Her nomination will be presented to the St. Johns County School Board at their February 14 meeting.

Kunze will replace Kyle Dresback, who was recently selected as Associate Superintendent of Student Support Services.

Employed with the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) since 2005, Kunze previously served as the assistant principal at NHS before joining Ponte Vedra High School as an assistant principal to help open the school. She began her career in education in Duval County as a science teacher at Mandarin High School. She taught for seven years before becoming the assistant principal at Stanton College Preparatory School. She was later promoted to vice principal at Sandalwood High School before joining St. Johns County.

“Mrs. Kunze is an outstanding leader as demonstrated by the success of SPMS for more than seven years,” said Forson. “Her focus on the academic success as well as the emotional and social development of her students will serve her well at NHS and complement existing programs offered there.”

Kunze holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University and a master’s degree from the University of North Florida.

“I am very excited to return to Nease and the high school environment,” said Kunze. “By joining the team this school year, I will have the unique opportunity to observe and listen to the faculty, students and parents about the culture of the school and their goals for the future.”

The transition of Kunze and Dresback will not take place until a new principal has been appointed for SPMS. Forson will begin the process of gathering input from staff and the community within the next two weeks.

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SJCSD Spelling Bee Winner 2017

Sreeniketh Vogoti, an eighth-grade student at Fruit Cove Middle School, won the 2017 St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) Spelling Bee held January 18 at First Coast Technical College. He won by spelling the word “fatuous” correctly. Sreeniketh is the son of Padamja and Balasubramanyam Vogoti.

Thirty-three elementary and middle school students from 28 public and five private schools competed for the honor of representing St. Johns County in The Florida Times-Union Regional Spelling Bee Saturday, March 4 at the Jacksonville Main Public Library. If for any reason the winner is not able to attend, runner-up Jackson Willis of Liberty Pines Academy will represent the county.

It took 37 rounds for the winner to be determined. The participants were congratulated by School Board Vice Chair Bill Mignon, School Board Member Kelly Barrera, Deputy Superintendent for Academic and Student Services Brennan Asplen and Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dawn Sapp.

Laurie Hays, SJCSD program specialist for Elementary Language Arts, served as the spelling bee coordinator and the pronouncer was Linda Villadoniga, retired SJCSD teacher. Judges for the event were Jay DiMartino, SJCSD Language Arts and World Languages program specialist; Cheryl Freeman, SJCSD volunteer coordinator; and Sandy Waldeis, community representative.

WFOY 102.1 FM broadcasted the spelling bee live and Murphy Alexander, SJCSD instructional television specialist taped the event. The Spelling Bee will be broadcast on SEA TV channels 99 or 262 and available for viewing at www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/video.

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Administrative Appointments

Kyle Dresback, principal of Allen D. Nease High School (NHS) has been selected to be the Associate Superintendent of Student Support Services. His nomination will be presented to the St. Johns County School Board at their January 10 meeting by incoming Superintendent Tim Forson who will assume his position on January 1.

Dresback will replace current Associate Superintendent of Student Support Services Cathy Mittelstadt who has been selected to serve as the Deputy Superintendent for Operations. This nomination will also be presented to the School Board on January 10.

Employed with the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) since 1996, Dresback has served as the principal of NHS since 2009. Prior to this, he served as principal of Switzerland Point Middle School for more than two years. He was also an assistant principal at St. Augustine High School, the district’s director of Purchasing, the registrar at NHS and a math and computer science teacher at NHS.

“I am honored by the opportunity to take on this new position,” said Dresback. “I am excited to work with the Student Support Services team to expand and grow our assistance to students.”

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.

Mittelstadt has been the Associate Superintendent for Student Support Services since 2015 and has also served as interim-principal of First Coast Technical College. She began her career in Apopka High School in 1993 and joined the SJCSD in 2003. She served as the assistant principal at Pedro Menendez High School, principal of R.J. Murray Middle School and principal of St. Augustine High School.

Mittelstadt holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, a master’s degree from the University of Central Florida and an Educational Specialist degree from Nova Southeastern University.

“I am humbled and honored to serve in this capacity,” said Mittelstadt. “I look forward to expanding my knowledge and building relationships to support student success and growth throughout the district.”

The transition of Mittelstadt and Dresback will not take place until a new principal has been appointed for NHS. Forson will begin the process of gathering input from staff and the community in mid-January.

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2016-2017 Teachers and Rookie Teachers of the Year

The 2016-2017 Teachers of the Year have been selected from each of the district’s 36 schools as well as St. Johns Virtual School, First Coast Technical College and The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind.

These nominees represent the very best among St. Johns County School District teachers. Their colleagues have selected them for this prestigious honor, and they will advance to compete for the countywide title.

Nominations for the 2016-2017 Rookie Teacher of the Year have been submitted by 36 of the district’s schools. Eligible teachers must have taught less than three years.

This is the 10th year that the Rookie Teacher of the Year competition has been held. These nominees represent the top of their profession among new teachers, and will go on to compete for the countywide title.

The overall winners will be announced at the annual Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year Celebration Monday, January 23 at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village. The St. Johns County Teacher of the Year will then be included for consideration as the Florida Department of Education Macy’s Teacher of the Year to serve for 2018.

The awards banquet is produced by Investing in Kids (INK) to recognize excellence in the teaching profession. For additional information and tickets to the event, contact INK at (904) 547-7124 or www.ink-stjohns.org.

Below are the lists of nominees.

Rookie Teachers of the Year

Elementary Schools
John A. Crookshank Elementary  Ms. Jenny Moore-Jones
Cunningham Creek Elementary  Ms. London Marlar
Durbin Creek Elementary  Ms. Victoria Cobb
W. D. Hartley Elementary  Ms. Kimberly R. Sikes
Hickory Creek Elementary  Ms. Aishla Acevedo Rodriguez
R.B. Hunt Elementary  Ms. Cagney Carbone
Julington Creek Elementary  Mr. Trey Lewek
Ketterlinus Elementary  Ms. Pamela P. Jett
Otis A. Mason Elementary  Ms. Virginia Jones
Mill Creek Elementary  Ms. Danielle Johnson
Ocean Palms Elementary  Mr. Christopher Arcuri
Osceola Elementary  Ms. Alexandria L. Pappas
Palencia Elementary  Ms. Angela Erney
PVPV/Rawlings Elementary  Ms. Susan Luce
South Woods Elementary  Ms. Sydney Newton
Timberlin Creek Elementary  Ms. Whitney Fischer
Wards Creek Elementary  Ms. Lauren Seckinger
The Webster School  Ms. Stephanie Colsant

K-8
Liberty Pines Academy  Ms. Jenna Josephson
Patriot Oaks Academy  Ms. Megan Doxzon
Valley Ridge Academy  Ms. Sarah Lively

Secondary Schools
Bartram Trail High  Ms. Kathryn Gouch
Creekside High  Ms. Kaley Still
Fruit Cove Middle School  Ms. Kristen Alford
Gaines Alternative and Transition  Mr. Raymond K. Howe III
Alice B. Landrum Middle  Ms. Martha Wray
Pedro Menendez High  Ms. Kathleen Wolfe
R.J. Murray Middle  Mr. Jackson Brown
Allen D. Nease High  Ms. Amy Gruhn
Pacetti Bay Middle  Ms. Anna L. Armitage
Ponte Vedra High  Mr. Philip Sabado
Gamble Rogers Middle  Ms. Morgane Van Waeyenberghe
Sebastian Middle  Ms. Kate E. Ducote
St. Augustine High  Ms. Lynne Tiner
St. Johns Technical High  Mr. Jarrod Branco
Switzerland Point Middle  Mr. Michael Shine
First Coast Technical College  Mr. Matthew Provost

 

Teachers of the Year

Elementary Schools
John A. Crookshank Elementary  Ms. Renee Hobbs
Cunningham Creek Elementary  Ms. Dana Kelly
Durbin Creek Elementary  Ms. Kara Bird
W.D. Hartley Elementary  Ms. Kathleen Schooley
Hickory Creek Elementary  Ms. Wendy Teaman
R. B. Hunt Elementary  Ms. Agatha Christine
Julington Creek Elementary  Ms. Wendy Gilbert
Ketterlinus Elementary  Ms. Mary Ballinger
Otis A. Mason Elementary  Ms. Laura “Anje” Newbold
Mill Creek Elementary  Ms. Carolyn Ramsay
Ocean Palms Elementary  Ms. Lauren Tate Wade
Osceola Elementary  Mr. Ryan “Kirby” Quam
Palencia Elementary  Ms. Laura Simpson
PVPV/Rawlings Elementary  Ms. Leslie Cabo Dal Molin
South Woods Elementary  Ms. Sally Cunningham
Timberlin Creek Elementary  Ms. Lisa Barnett
Wards Creek Elementary  Ms. Kristin Fanning
The Webster School  Mr. Richard R. Thomas Jr.

K-8
Liberty Pines Academy  Ms. Kristin Latshaw
Patriot Oaks Academy  Ms. Allyson Jordan
Valley Ridge Academy  Ms. Megan Leighty

Secondary Schools
Bartram Trail High  Ms. Claire Bynum
Creekside High  Ms. Mallory Padgett
Fruit Cove Middle  Mr. Steven Whitmer
Gaines Alternative and Transition  Ms. Heather May
Alice B. Landrum Middle  Ms. Sandra Pagliughi
Pedro Menendez High  Ms. Celeste Bowker
R.J. Murray Middle  Ms. Jodi O. Lanford
Allen D. Nease High  Ms. Susan Lycke
Pacetti Bay Middle  Ms. Jennifer Cooper
Ponte Vedra High  Mr. Charles Cerrato
Gamble Rogers Middle  Ms. Robin Rucker
Sebastian Middle  Ms. Kristina Harvey
St. Augustine High  Ms. Nancy Snell
St. Johns Technical High  Mr. Ryan Sirak
Switzerland Point Middle School  Mrs. Rachel Farris
First Coast Technical College  Mr. Ronald Story
St. Johns Virtual School  Ms. Ginger Baker-Sanhueza
Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind  Ms. April Wallace

 

Principal Selected for First Coast Technical College

Chris Force, St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) director of Career and Technical Education and First Coast Technical College (FCTC) assistant principal, has been selected to be the principal of FCTC. Her nomination will be presented to the St. Johns County School Board at their January 10 meeting.

Force will replace FCTC interim Principal Cathy Mittelstadt who also serves as associate superintendent for Student Support Services at the district. Mittelstadt will assist Force with the transition and continue to be a resource for the school and its students.

Force joined the SJCSD in 2015 as the director of Career and Technical Education. Prior to this she served 24 years in Duval County Public Schools as a Building, Entrepreneurship and Manufacturing (BEAM) Academy lead teacher at Englewood High School, the district’s director of career and technical education, and a teacher of business and marketing and director of the Academy of Finance at Samuel W. Wolfson High School. She also served at Florida Community College at Jacksonville from 1994-2008 as an adjunct professor.

“FCTC is so valued in the school district and community, it is my honor to serve in this capacity,” said Force.  “I am committed to taking a strategic approach to ensure that we are meeting the needs of students as well as workforce and economic development in the region.”

Force has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Florida State University and has pursued doctoral work at the University of North Florida with an emphasis in career academies and technology.

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