Principal and Assistant Principal Achievement Awards

Steve McCormick, principal of Fruit Cove Middle School (FCMS), has been selected as the St. Johns County School District’s (SJCSD) nominee for the 2012 Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership.

Jewel Johnson, assistant principal at Ponte Vedra High School (PVHS), was chosen as the district’s nominee for the Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award.

These programs honor principals and assistant principals who utilize teamwork and leadership skills to increase student performance, establish partnerships with parents and community members, and promote safe learning environments.

Awardees are also recognized for ethical leadership and their use of innovative technology, as well as their commitment to forging personal, social, economic, and cultural relationships in the classroom, the school and the community to build and support a learning organization focused on student success.

McCormick has been employed with the St. Johns County School District since 1995 and is entering his sixth year as principal of FCMS. He worked as dean of students at Bartram Trail and Nease high schools and served as assistant principal at Alice B. Landrum Middle School and Bartram Trail High School before assuming his current role in 2007.

FCMS has been an “A” school every year throughout McCormick’s tenure. In 2011 it received recognition as the fifth-highest ranked middle school in the state of Florida. FCMS has received the Golden School Award each year since 2007 for exemplary volunteer programs, as well as the Five Star School designation for community involvement.

School initiatives under McCormick’s leadership include the development of a Professional Learning Community, a bullying prevention program and the middle school transition program. He has also increased student participation in the district science fair; involvement with Capturing Kids Hearts, a teen leadership class; and supports the district’s Character Counts! initiative.

“Steve is very deserving of this honor,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. “His work at Fruit Cove Middle has been stellar and he serves as a fine example of outstanding leadership. We are very fortunate in St. Johns County to have high performing principals and no one exemplifies that more than Steve McCormick.”

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.

Outstanding Assistant Principal Nominee Jewel Johnson has been employed in her present position at PVHS since the fall of 2008. While at PVHS, Johnson has been instrumental in developing a new teacher orientation for the school. She is also an ambassador and liaison among parents, students, school administration and the community. She holds certificates in Florida Professional Certification English (6-12) and Educational Leadership, Florida Online Reading Professional Development, Clinical Educator Training, Florida Performance Measurement System, Gallup Urban Teacher Perceiver and Principal Perceiver, and Tregoe Decision Analysis.

Johnson has over 17 years of educational experience in Duval and St. Johns counties serving as a classroom teacher, administrator, and registrar. She began as a teacher at Stanton College Preparatory School for Duval County Public Schools and went on to serve as assistant principal at Fort Caroline Middle School, William M. Raines and Robert E. Lee senior high schools, as well as various positions at Florida State College at Jacksonville prior to joining the SJCSD.

“Jewell is one of the most energetic and positive assistant principals I have ever worked with,” said Joyner. “She faces any challenge with a high degree of professionalism and competence. The demands on our assistant principals seem to increase every year, but Jewell Johnson consistently provides an example of superior leadership.”

Johnson holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of North Florida.

These two St. Johns County nominations will be forwarded to the state where the nominees will compete at the regional level. The statewide winner in each category will be announced this fall.