Dr. Paul Goricki, principal of Hickory Creek Elementary (HCE), has been selected by Superintendent Joseph Joyner to be the principal of John A. Crookshank Elementary School. His nomination will be presented to the St. Johns County School Board at their June 10 meeting.
Goricki will replace Jay Willets, who was selected as the new principal of Pacetti Bay Middle School.
“After reviewing the skills and attributes identified by the Crookshank staff, community and students, it was very clear to me that they were describing Paul Goricki,” said Joyner. “Dr. Goricki is one of the finest principals I have ever worked with and exemplifies all of the leadership traits necessary to be successful at Crookshank. He has an uncompromising love for children and will be an excellent principal.”
Goricki has more than 30 years of experience in education. He began his career as a first-grade teacher in Kalamazoo, Mich. and went on to teach second and sixth grades before his first principalship, also in Kalamazoo. He also 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 in the Alstead Attendance Area, simultaneously. In 1997, he joined the St. Johns County School District as the principal of Julington Creek Elementary and most recently he opened HCE as principal where he has been since 2005.
“I am excited to meet Crookshank’s children and families,” said Goricki. “My goal is to expand the good progress that is occurring. I believe that we are called, first to love the children and then to teach them. In elementary school we introduce students to the world of possibility with genuine caring relationships, strong teaching and interactive child-centered learning.”
“A successful education opens the doors of opportunity in our country and I will continue to do everything possible to help children reach their full potential and achieve their life goals,” he added. “Great schools are the result of great teachers and I look forward to working with the Crookshank faculty and staff.”
Goricki holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in educational leadership both from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. He also holds a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale.