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Pasco County’s Gulf Middle School gets a new principal

Amy Riddle started her teaching career at the school.

Gulf Middle School, whose principal recently accepted a transfer to run nearby Fivay High, has a new campus leader.

Amy Riddle, most recently an assistant principal at Gulf High, has been named to take over Gulf Middle as it begins its transition to the International Baccalaureate Middle Years program. The Pasco County School Board approved the appointment on Tuesday, and Riddle was expected to make the move on Wednesday.

Her nomination did not originally appear on the board’s agenda. Superintendent Kurt Browning introduced it as a late item, saying the district should not waste three weeks until its next meeting to get someone at the helm of Gulf Middle.

In recommending Riddle for the post, assistant superintendent Marcy Hetzler-Nettles said Riddle would be a strong fit.

“Mrs. Riddle has a wealth of experience in both middle and high school, including administrative positions in both of our IB high schools,” Hetzler-Nettles wrote in a memo to the board.

She also has connections to the school, having begun her career as a music teacher there in 1993. She taught chorus at both Gulf Middle and Gulf High in 1996, before transferring to the high school a year later.

In 2010, Riddle left Gulf High to become an assistant principal at Land O’Lakes High. She held similar roles at River Ridge Middle and then Gulf High before this new appointment.

Riddle could not be reached for comment. Staff and supporters cheered her selection in social media, and said they looked forward to working with her.