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List of new Pasco County school principals

Students at nearly a dozen Pasco schools will find a new person in the principal's office this year. Here's a snapshot of the new faces on campus:

Kay Coe, San Antonio Elementary

Vanessa Hilton

Last school: Nixon Elementary, Cedar Rapids, Iowa (principal)

Plans for change? "I have only been at (San Antonio Elementary) for a little over a month, and do not see a major need to change anything, just listen, learn and let teacher and student need drive change."

Free time fun: "I love to kayak (how I broke my hand), bike, bowl, play cards, entertain family and friends in my home."

George Papaemanuel, Mary Giella Elementary

Katie Lail

Last school: Cypress Elementary (assistant principal)

Favorite part of school day: "My favorite part of the day is greeting staff, students and families to school in the morning. I love seeing how everyone is doing, if they had a nice night, if they are ready to give the day their best."

On my iPod: "My favorite everyday music is from the Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, Billy Joel, Black Eyed Peas and when I want to go 'old school,' Van Halen, and Run DMC."

Judy Cosh, Pine View Elementary

Cortney Gantt

Last school: Chasco Elementary (assistant principal)

Recommended reading: "I just finished reading The Art and Science of Teaching, which will guide our understanding of the new teacher evaluation system, for both administrators and teachers. It is a powerful guide and resource to the keys of great teaching and learning."

Dream super power: "The super power I would like to possess is flying — it would be such an amazing gift to go on 'mini' vacations where I could soar above our landscape and appreciate the beauty below."

David Huyck, Chasco Middle

Christine Wolff

Last school: Crews Lake Middle (assistant principal)

My hero: "Geoffrey Canada; for demonstrating that meeting the needs of our most disadvantaged and struggling student(s) requires that we do whatever it takes."

On my iPod: "Miles Davis, Husker Du, Beatles, Pearl Jam."

Christine Wolff, John Long Middle

Beth Brown

Last school: Chasco Middle (principal)

Plans for change? "Adding a seventh period for students to have more educational opportunities."

Recommended reading: "Anything by Jodi Picoult."

Jason Petry, Lake Myrtle Elementary

Replaces: Kara Smucker

Last school: Veterans Elementary (assistant principal)

Favorite part of the school day: "When the kids come to school in the morning. This is a time that sets the tone for the day. I get and give lots of high fives."

Dream super power: Mind reading.

Nicole Reynolds, Shady Hills Elementary

Tom Barker

Last school: Shady Hills Elementary (assistant principal)

Recommended reading: The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch.

Free time fun: "Anything outside. I love to sit by the pool, swim, or garden."

Kara Smucker, Gulf Highlands Elementary

Jill Middleton

Last school: Lake Myrtle Elementary (principal)

Dream super power: "Flight, so I can arrive from one place to another quicker."

Recommended reading: The Energy Bus, by Jon Gordon.

Katie Lail, Pasco Elementary

Barbara Munz

Last school: Mary Giella Elementary (principal)

Plans for change? "Currently, I have no plans to change anything at Pasco Elementary. My first priority is building relationships with the staff, students, parents and community. Barb Munz (former principal) was a phenomenal leader who created a climate of trust and professional empowerment among her staff. I believe in the power of professional learning communities and know that relationship building is key to their success."

Free time fun: "I love to travel when I have time. When time is limited, I enjoy reading a good novel while relaxing on the beach."

Dolly Gauvey, Cypress Elementary

Deanna Decubellis

Last school: Chasco Elementary (principal, 2009-10)

Favorite part of the school day: "I love when I walk into a classroom and have a child grab my hand to pull me over to his/her desk to show me the wonderful things he/she is doing. When I see children who are proud of what they are doing, I know we are on the right track."

Dream super power: "I know that some children consider school their only safe haven, so I would love to be able to change their circumstances and have the ability to take away all the hurt in this world."

List of new Pasco County school principals 08/20/11 [Last modified: Saturday, August 20, 2011 3:21pm]
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