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Sometimes schools need stability and longevity, other times the situation calls for a fresh start.
Every year, school districts assess whether their campuses have the right leaders in the right places. Sometimes, a principal’s retirement requires a replacement. Whatever the reasons, changes at the top are a regular occurrence in area schools.
As the 2021-22 school year approaches, here is a look at Tampa Bay’s newly appointed principals:
Alonso High: James P. Harris, 45. Last job: Assistant principal, Alonso. Joined the school district in 1999.
Bing Elementary: Kimberly Cook, 51. Last job: Assistant principal, Essrig Elementary. Joined the district in 2007.
Brooker Elementary: Heidi Koplin, 46. Last job: Assistant principal, Mintz Elementary. Joined the district in 2019.
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Buckhorn Elementary: Tara Horn, 45. Last job: Assistant principal, Buckhorn Elementary. Joined the district in 2003.
Burney Elementary: Brooke Quinlan, 40. Last job: Assistant principal, Foster Elementary. Joined the district in 2004.
Greco Middle: Wendy Rauld, 39. Last job: Assistant principal, Greco Middle. Joined the district in 2008.
Hunter’s Green Elementary: Nicole Libby, 38. Last job: Assistant principal, Clark Elementary. Joined the district in 2007.
Jackson Elementary: Melody Murphy, 57. Last job: Principal, Riverview Elementary. Joined the district in 1990.
Kingswood Elementary: Carmen Sheffield, 42. Last job: Assistant principal, Kenly Elementary. Joined the district in 2004.
Lamb Elementary: Kenya Griffin. Last job: Principal, Duval County Public Schools. Joined the district in 2021.
Lockhart Elementary: Natalie Corsanico, 42. Last job: Assistant principal, DeSoto Elementary. Joined the district in 2007.
Lomax Elementary: Sarah Jacobsen Capps, 51. Last job: Principal, Woodbridge Elementary. Joined the district in 1993.
Lopez Elementary: Zemenaye Harris, 38. Last job: Assistant principal. B.T. Washington Elementary. Joined the district in 2008.
Lutz K-8: Joshua Phillips, 35. Last job: Assistant principal, Maniscalco K-8. Joined the district in 2009.
Madison Middle: David Parker, 36. Last job: Assistant principal, Buchanan Middle. Joined the district in 2011.
Mulrennan Middle: Tamara Brooks, 49. Last job: Principal, Buckhorn Elementary. Joined the district in 1997.
Riverview Elementary: Theresa Madill, 51. Last job: Assistant principal, Riverview Elementary. Joined the district in 1995.
Riverview High: Brian Spiro, 35. Last job: Supervisor. Assessment and Accountability. Joined the district in 2011.
Robles Elementary: Wallace Selph, formerly of Polk County.
Roosevelt Elementary: Denise Wheatley, 57. Last job: Interim principal, Roosevelt Elementary. Joined the district in 2002.
Shields Middle: Deanna Fisher, 42. Last job: Assistant principal, Sumner High. Joined the district in 2003.
Tampa Heights Elementary: Melanie Hill Anderson. Last job: Principal, Bing Elementary. Joined the district in 1999.
West Shore Elementary: Skylaar Guyer, 51. Last job: Assistant principal, Lanier Elmentary. Joined the district in 2012.
Woodbridge Elementary: Ana “Victoria” Morse, 50. Last job: Assistant principal, Bryant Elementary. Joined the district in 2001.
Bayside High: Konrad McCree, 36, formerly assistant principal at Lealman Innovation Academy. McCree began his career in Pinellas County Schools in 2014. He replaces Dawn Coffin, who retired.
Boca Ciega High: Jennifer Gil, 40, formerly assistant principal at Hollins High. In her 16th year with the Pinellas school district. Gil replaces Michael Vigue, who was promoted to area superintendent.
Clearwater High: Eric Krause, 42, formerly Clearwater High assistant principal, was promoted to run the campus. He replaces Keith Mastorides, who was named director of district technology information services. Krause joined the district in 2007.
Richard O. Jacobson Technical High: Joshua Wolfenden, 46, an assistant principal at the school, was promoted to principal. Wolfenden, who has worked in the district since 2000, replaces Martha Giancola, who was reassigned.
Frontier Elementary: Gina Owens, 40, formerly assistant principal at Belcher Elementary, was named principal of Frontier Elementary. She replaces Heather Peters.
Douglas B. Jamerson Elementary: Heather Peters, 46, formerly principal at Frontier Elementary, transferred to become principal at Jamerson. She replaces Brandie Williams-Macon, who transferred to Lynch Elementary.
Gulfport Elementary: Ashlea Zeller, formerly principal at Terwilliger Elementary in Gainesville, was named principal at Gulfport. She replaces Wendy Bryan, who retired.
Garrison-Jones Elementary: Jennifer Tapia, formerly director of teaching and learning in West Chicago School District 33, was named principal at Garrison-Jones Elementary. She replaces Karen Buckles, who retired.
North Shore Elementary: Heidi Bockover-Goldstein, 54, formerly assistant principal at Lakeview Fundamental, was named principal at North Shore Elementary. She replaces Wilhemina Dawson, who retired.
Trinity Oaks Elementary: Melissa Jarvis, 46, formerly assistant principal of Mary Giella Elementary, was named principal at Trinity Oaks. She replaces Allison Hoskins, who transferred to lead Odessa Elementary.
Seven Springs Elementary: Jimmy Rodriguez, 36, previously principal of the Schwettman Education Center, was appointed principal at Seven Springs Elementary. He replaces Todd Cluff, who retired.
Starkey Ranch K-8: Cortney Gantt, 45, was appointed to lead Pasco County’s newest school, which opens in August. Gantt was principal at Seven Springs Middle School.
D.S. Parrott Middle: Chris Clifford, formerly assistant principal at Central High, was named to head Parrott Middle. In his 17th year with the district, Clifford replaces Ed LaRose.
Weeki Wachee High: Ed LaRose, formerly principal of D. S. Parrott Middle, was named to lead Weeki Wachee High. In his 17th year with the district, LaRose replaces Troy LaBarbara, who was named district director of exceptional student education.
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