Here's the latest on Pinellas principal changes
The Pinellas County School Board approved two more principal appointments at their Tuesday board meeting.
Tzeporaw Sahadeo will become the new principal of Sandy Lane Elementary effective July 11. Sahadeo, an educational consultant and staff developer for the Learning Sciences Marzano Center, was one of eight applicants who applied for the position. She has previously served as a classroom teacher and assistant principal in Hillsborough County Public Schools and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, a master’s of public health degree in health policy and programs and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida.
Her appointment follows the July 8 resignation of Sandy Lane's principal, Nicole Clifton. The school is one of seven elementary schools in Pinellas with an F grade from the state and is currently under a district-led transformation effort.
Jennifer H. Mekler, an assistant principal at Sutherland Elementary, has been promoted to principal of Brooker Creek Elementary. She will replace Donna Gehringer, who transferred to become principal of Seventy-Fourth Street Elementary. Mekler, who was a classroom teacher at Lake St. George Elementary school for 12 years, competed against a dozen applicants for the position. She holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education from Central Missouri State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of South Florida.