Principal Appointments

The St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) announced two new principal appointments today. Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner has named these appointments which will become effective July 1, pending School Board approval.

Bethany E. Nelson-Mitidieri, principal of Suwannee Intermediate School in Live Oak, FL, has been named the new principal of The Webster School. Nelson-Mitidieri has worked with Exceptional Student Education (ESE) programs as a teacher and administrator since 1995 in school districts within New York and Florida. She has been responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing all areas of a Title 1 school servicing approximately 700 fourth- and fifth-grade students. Under her leadership, student achievement realized significant academic gains during the 2010-2011 school year. Nelson-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.

“Ms. Nelson-Mitidieri has an enormous amount of knowledge and experience in working with ESE students,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. “She has shown her ability to motivate staff and students to improve performance and raise expectations. She is the perfect individual for this position and will continue to build on the success of The Webster School that took place under Mr. Leidigh’s leadership.”

Nelson-Mitidieri replaces George Leidigh, principal of The Webster School, who will become the Supervisor of Federal Projects at the SJCSD office. In his new role, Leidigh will be responsible for supervising Title I, Title II, Title III, Language Acquisition and other state and federal programs as well as Race to the Top reporting.

Christine Stephan, principal of Northpoint Elementary School (NES) in Granger, IN, has been named the new principal of Timberlin Creek Elementary School. Stephan has worked in education for more than 25 years as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. She has served as the principal at NES since 2005 where the school has achieved Indiana Four Star Status for six consecutive years, and was designated as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2010. NES was also recognized as the number one school in Indiana on schooldigger.com in 2010. Stephan holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University, and a master’s degree from Ball State University.

“Ms. Stephan has proven her exceptional ability to lead a school,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. “We welcome her and know that this will be a smooth transition for the faculty, students, support staff and parents at Timberlin Creek as Ms. Hutchins moves on to be the new principal at South Woods Elementary School.”