New principal assignments in Pinellas County schools

AZALEA ELEMENTARY, ST. PETERSBURG

Debby Caven

Grade: A

Students: 643; 57.08 percent on free/reduced lunch

From: Azalea Elementary, St. Petersburg (assistant principal)

Caven: I have the advantage of having been at Azalea for the past 12 years ... I know our strengths and areas where we need to make changes. We work as a team to make decisions and always keep in mind that we want to do what is best for kids. So to put it simply, my top priority is to keep the shiny penny shiny!”

AZALEA MIDDLE, ST. PETERSBURG

Connie Kolosey

Grade: D

Students: 1,065; 80.75 percent on free/reduced lunch

From: supervisor, secondary reading

Kolosey: “The top priority in my new job is to strengthen instructional capacity at Azalea Middle School. I plan to coordinate the many resources that have been provided to the school to target the instructional needs of the individual students so that every student will grow academically, emotionally and socially. My goal is to make Azalea Middle a place where teachers love to teach and students love to learn.”

BEAR CREEK ELEMENTARY, ST. PETERSBURG

Delores Wesley

Grade: C

Students: 404; 80.94 percent on free/reduced lunch

From: Maximo Elementary, St. Petersburg

Grade: F

Students: 754; 85.54 percent on free/reduced lunch

GULFPORT ELEMENTARY

James Pribble

Grade: C

Students: 630; 81.59 percent on free/reduced lunch

From: 74th Street Elementary, St. Petersburg

Grade: C

Students: 448; 81.25 percent on free/reduced lunch

Pribble: “My top priority will be to continue the academic progress our Gulfport families and staff began last year. To ensure this upward momentum continues, my main focus will be high levels of student and teacher engagement with appropriate curriculum. I also encourage our families to continue their support of our school and their child’s education. Working together will bring us to 100 percent success for ALL students!”

HIGHLAND LAKES ELEMENTARY, PALM HARBOR

Tijuana Baker

Grade: A

Students: 625; 29.28 percent on free/reduced lunch

From: Campbell Park Elementary, St. Petersburg

Grade: C

Students: 608; 88.32 percent on free/reduced lunch

Baker: “My priority ... is to facilitate and monitor school improvement goals that maintain high academic performance and excellence that Highland Lakes Elementary is known for, along with continuing the development of an accelerating environment for students in need of academic improvement.”

LAKE ST. GEORGE ELEMENTARY, PALM HARBOR

Paula Texel

Grade: B

Students: 655; 32.82 percent on free/reduced lunch

From: Bear Creek Elementary, St. Petersburg

Grade: C

Students: 404; 80.94 percent on free/reduced lunch

Texel: “As the educational leader at Lake St. George my top priority is to establish relationships with my staff, my students, and my families so an environment exists where all students are successful.”

MAXIMO ELEMENTARY, ST. PETERSBURG

Randi Latzke

Grade: F

Students: 754; 85.54 percent on free/reduced lunch

From: Pinellas Central Elementary, Pinellas Park

Grade: B

Students: 641; 72.54 percent on free/reduced lunch

Latzke: “My top priority at my new school is capitalizing on the many strengths that exist among the students and staff at Maximo in order to develop a culture of success and student achievement that will instill confidence in our educational program within our families and the community.”

MELROSE ELEMENTARY, ST. PETERSBURG

Christine Porter

Grade: F

Students: 360; 92.78 percent on free/reduced lunch

From: Magnet coordinator at Bay Point elementary and middle schools

Bay Point Elementary,

St. Petersburg

Grade: A

Students: 667; 48.43 percent on free/reduced lunch

Bay Point Middle, St.

Petersburg

Grade: C

Students: 1,222; 63.99 percent on free/reduced lunch

MORGAN FITZGERALD MIDDLE, LARGO

Teresa Anderson

Grade: C

Students: 1,416; 60.73 percent on free/reduced lunch

From: Azalea Middle, St. Petersburg

Grade: D

Students: 1,065; 80.75 percent on free/reduced lunch

NEW HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY, ST. PETERSBURG

Robert Ovalle

Grade: C

Students: 752; 81.38 percent on free/reduced lunch

From: director of elementary education

OAKHURST ELEMENTARY, LARGO

Kelly Kennedy

Grade: A

Students: 783; 32.57 percent on free/reduced lunch

From: Oakhurst Elementary, Largo (assistant principal)

Kennedy: “This school is very well run and I want to keep up the things that are going so well.”

PINELLAS CENTRAL ELEMENTARY, PINELLAS PARK

Cara Walsh

Grade: B

Students: 641; 72.54 percent on free/reduced lunch

From: Westgate Elementary, St. Petersburg

Grade: C

Students: 655; 66.72 percent on free/reduced lunch)

SEMINOLE ELEMENTARY

Diane Cato

Grade: A

Students: 635; 53.54 percent on free/reduced lunch

From: Lake St. George Elementary, Palm Harbor

Grade: B

Students: 655; 32.82 percent on free/reduced lunch

Cato: “My top priority is getting to know the staff, students and families of Seminole Elementary and building on the strong foundation already in place.”

DUNEDIN HIGHLAND MIDDLE

Chris Bates

From: Countryside High

SUTHERLAND ELEMENTARY, PALM HARBOR

Kristy Cantu

From: Ozona Elementary

TARPON SPRINGS ELEMENTARY

Lakisha Falana

From: Ridgecrest Elementary

PENDING SCHOOL BOARD APPROVAL:

CAMPBELL PARK ELEMENTARY, ST. PETERSBURG

Godfrey Watson

From: Meadowlawn Middle School, St. Petersburg

WESTGATE ELEMENTARY, ST. PETERSBURG

Donita Moody

From: Shore Acres Elementary, St. Petersburg

Compiled by Sylvia Lim, Times Correspondent

Source: Pinellas County School District, Florida Department of Education. Figures from 2010-11

New principal assignments in Pinellas County schools

08/19/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 1:38pm]

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