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.
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.
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.