Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Update: Scientology cancels planned mock FBI raid on downtown building

    Special Topics

    CLEARWATER — The Church of Scientology planned to film a mock FBI raid on a downtown building Monday afternoon, but the actors and cameras never showed up.

    According to Clearwater Police, the Church of Scientology plans to hold a mock FBI raid at 3 p.m. Monday at this vacant building at 305 N Fort Harrison Ave. Police announced the raid in advance to alert the public. They said they did not know the reason for the event. [Google Earch image]
  2. Support for gay marriage surges, even among groups once wary

    Human Interest

    NEW YORK — In the two years since same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide, support for it has surged even among groups that recently were broadly opposed, according to a new national survey.

    People gather in Washington's Lafayette Park to see the White House lit up in rainbow colors on June 26, 2015, the day the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage legal. In the two years since same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide, support for it has surged even among groups that recently were broadly opposed, according to a new national survey released on Monday, June 26, 2017. [Associated Press]
  3. Florida inspired new group focused on improving how elections are run


    A new group run by two lawyers and veteran Democratic operatives specializing in voter protection efforts is launching a pilot program in Florida, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania to work with local elections officials to improve the voting process. Access Democracy, run by …

    Access Democracy wants to improve voter participation and how elections are run
  4. Super Nintendo is coming back to stores, and there's even a new (old) game


    If the overwhelming success of last year's NES Classic is any indication, you may want to get your hands on Nintendo's newly-announced Super NES Classic as soon as it becomes available this fall.

    Super Nintendo plans to release the Super NES Classic Edition.
  5. Dave Andreychuk going into Hall of Fame (w/photo gallery)


    Dave Andreychuk said Monday began "business as usual."

    Dave Andreychuk battles Calgary's Andrew Ference during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final.