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.