Principal Appointments

Emily Harrison, principal at Alice B. Landrum Middle School (LMS), has been selected by Superintendent Joseph Joyner to be the principal of K-8 School HH, currently being constructed at 475 Long Leaf Parkway, St. Johns, FL 32259. Her nomination will be presented to the St. Johns County School Board at its December 10 meeting.

Wayne King, principal at St. Johns Technical High School (SJTHS), has been selected by Superintendent Joseph Joyner to be the principal of K-8 School II, currently being constructed at 105 Greenleaf Drive, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081. His nomination will be presented to the St. Johns County School Board at its December 10 meeting.

Harrison has served as the principal at LMS since 2011 and was the assistant principal at Fruit Cove Middle School from 2006 to 2011. She also worked as a gifted teacher at Cunningham Creek Elementary School for one year and has six years of elementary school teaching experience in Florida and Georgia. Harrison was named Florida’s 2010-2011 Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year.

“I am excited about having the opportunity to work with both elementary and middle school students, creating a successful connected campus model and preparing students for the lives they will lead beyond their formative and transitional years,” said Harrison. “The K-8 model presents families within a community a unique chance to watch growth develop over the course of many years.”

Harrison has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida.

King has served as principal at SJTHS since 2011 and as the principal at LMS from 2007-2011. He has 17 years of experience in the school district as a teacher and administrator at the Gaines Alternative Center, the Evelyn Hamblen Center, SJTHS and Switzerland Point Middle School. King was named the St. Johns County School District’s (SJCSD) Outstanding Principal of the Year in 2010. Prior to his experience in the SJCSD, King spent three years at Flagler College as the assistant dean of students.

“I feel honored and privileged to have the opportunity to open a new school and believe my vast experience in middle and high school settings will help me prepare elementary students for a smooth transition to their secondary grade levels,” said King.

King has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Flagler College and a Master of Arts in Education Administration from Jacksonville University.

Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner also selected the principals who will succeed Harrison and King. Jewel Johnson, assistant principal at Ponte Vedra High School (PVHS), has been named the new principal of LMS and Cynthia Williams, assistant principal of SJTHS, has been named the new principal of SJTHS. These nominations will be presented to the St. Johns County School Board at its December 10 meeting.

Johnson has 19 years of blended experience in education. Her career started in Duval County Public Schools where she served as an English teacher, central office administrator and school-based leader. For the last six years, Johnson has served the students and families of St. Johns County; hired originally as the registrar at Creekside High School, she currently works at PVHS where she’s been since October 2008. Johnson was chosen as the SJCSD 2012 Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year.

“I am honored to have been selected to lead such a strong community of learners,” said Johnson. “As I’ve seen from my tenure at Ponte Vedra High School, Landrum Middle School sets a strong foundation in preparing talented achievers for their high school career. Where I usually see students at the last portion of their schooling, it’s thrilling to now be a part of the work on the front side of the secondary academic spectrum. I look forward to serving alongside the faculty, staff and community!”

A Jacksonville native, Johnson received all of her training from local schools and the University of North Florida where she earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Education.

Williams is a native of Hastings with more than 25 years in education-related positions throughout Florida. She has been with the SJSCD since 1995 where she started as a guidance counselor at Hastings Elementary School. In 1998, she was named the SJCSD’s Teacher of the Year. She went on to become the assistant principal at Pedro Menendez High School for six years, before joining SJTHS as assistant principal in 2012. She is also a recipient of the prestigious Learning Legacy Lifetime Achievement Award which is presented to two individuals each year by the superintendent. This award is bestowed upon those who graduated from a St. Johns County high school and were active in sports during their high school years. These individuals have also made significant contributions to their community and the SJCSD. Williams received this honor in 2005.

“As a product of the St. Johns County School System, I am excited and humbled to continue the vision of offering high quality academics, career and technical opportunities for our students. SJTHS is on the forefront in providing blended learning experiences, increased use of technology, career internships and meeting students where they are to prepare them for school to work/careers or post- secondary education.”

Williams has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism/Public Relations and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and a Master’s of Education in Guidance, all three from Florida A & M University.

“I have the highest confidence in these four educational leaders and know they will continue the tradition of excellence in their community and schools,” said Superintendent Joyner. “All are servant leaders with outstanding skills, superior character and a strong commitment to our community.”

Pending School Board approval, these nominees will begin their new positions on January 6, 2014.