New principal named for Pasco's San Antonio Elementary School
Pasco County superintendent Heather Fiorentino usually looks to district insiders -- current principals or assistant principals with experience at more than one school -- to lead county schools.
Only rarely does an outsider capture her attention.
Kay Coe is one of those exceptions.
Coe, principal at Nixon Elementary in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for the past 10 years, is Fiorentino's selection to run San Antonio Elementary, which has been without a leader since April. Coe, who has relatives in Pasco County, has been in the principal pool for a couple of years.
Assistant superintendent David Scanga said Coe's outstanding experiences in Iowa make her a great fit for San Antonio. "She is very impressive," Scanga said. "She comes with great qualifications."
She was her district's 2010 elementary administrator of the year, and its 1996 reading teacher of the year. Her school won a 2009 national Blue Ribbon for high achievement. Coe also is well versed in some key projects San Antonio has undertaken, including Response to Intervention and professional learning communities.
"I have had a very successful career, love being a building principal and seek new opportunities for personal and professional growth," she wrote in an application letter. "I believe my leadership skills, passion for making a difference, and my ability to create school-wide systems that ensure success for all would be an asset to any school system."