Several 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 look forward to working with the following group of talented leaders,” said Superintendent Mr. Tim Forson. “Their varied skill sets will serve them extremely well in these new positions. They all possess great character and the experience to take on these new opportunities, and I could not be more pleased.”
Edie Jarrell, principal at Wards Creek Elementary (WCE), has been named the new principal of Cunningham Creek Elementary (CCE). She will replace Principal Jud Strickland who was named the principal of Picolata Crossing Elementary School.
Jarrell has nine years of experience in St. Johns County, serving as the assistant principal of CCE and principal of WCE. Previously, she has served as a teacher of all elementary grade levels as well as a Media Specialist and Assistant Principal in Duval County. She is certified in Exceptional Education, Information Studies and Library Science, Educational Leadership, and School Principalship.
Jarrell holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Florida and master’s degrees from UNF and Florida State University.
Kelly Jacobson, assistant principal at Bartram Trail High School (BTHS), has been named the principal of Fruit Cove Middle School (FCMS). She will replace Lynn O’ Connor who is retiring from the SJCSD at the conclusion of this school year.
Jacobson started her career in 1997 in Pinellas County Schools first as a teacher and then acting assistant principal before she joined the SJCSD in 2005 as a dean at Switzerland Point Middle School. She has also served as an assistant principal at Pacetti Bay and Alice B. Landrum (LMS) middle schools before joining BTHS in this capacity in 2014.
Jacobson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree from National Louis University.
Traci Hemingway, principal at Timberlin Creek Elementary (TCE), has been named the new principal of Liberty Pines Academy. She will replace Principal Judith Thayer who is retiring from the SJCSD at the conclusion of this school year.
Hemingway has been with the SJCSD for over four years serving as the assistant principal at Pacetti Bay Middle School and the principal of TCE. She also has more than 15 years of experience spent in Fairfax County, VA; Pasco County, FL; Fulton County, GA and St. Tammany Parish, LA. She began her career as a teacher and served as a literacy coach, reading specialist, curriculum coordinator and an assistant principal.
Hemingway holds a bachelor’s degree from Kennesaw State University in GA, and a master’s degree and certificate in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida.
Steve McCormick, principal of Ponte Vedra High School (PVHS), has been named the new principal of Creekside High School. He will replace Principal Randy Johnson who is retiring from the SJCSD at the conclusion of this school year.
McCormick has been employed with the SJCSD since 1995 and spent seven years as the principal of FCMS before becoming principal at PVHS. He also served as dean of students at BTHS and Allen D. Nease High School and as assistant principal at LMS and BTHS.
McCormick holds a bachelor’s degree from The State University of New York at Cortland, a master’s degree from Indiana State University and a certificate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida.
Forson will gather input from staff and the community for the new principal of WCE, TCE and PVHS.