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New Principals and Assistant Principals to Take the Lead at Local Schools

May 02, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
813-272-4060

Tampa, Fla. – (May 2, 2017) – During a deliberate and strategic process that included input from many key stakeholders, Superintendent Jeff Eakins announced principal changes at eight schools for the 2017-18 school year, which was approved by the School Board on May 2.

Each year principals retire, move or earn promotions, leaving a vacancy that is to be filled with transfers or new appointments. 

The selection process for new principals involves understanding the particular needs of a school and then seeking to find the right match to meet those needs. Principals are focused on achievement and results, have instructional expertise, have the ability to manage and develop people’s talents, are able to build a safe and positive culture, develop collaborative relationships and take a proactive approach to problem solving.

New principal assignments begin on June 5.

Principal Appointments
Lisa Varnum, Principal of Thonotosassa Elementary School
Currently serves at Yates Elementary School as Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction

Mary Hewett, Principal of Nelson Elementary School
Currently serves at Nelson Elementary School as the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction

Renel Mathurin, Principal of MOSI Partnership Elementary School
Currently serves at Shaw Elementary School as the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction

Larissa McCoy, Principal of Leto High School
Currently serves at Leto High School as the Assistant Principal for Curriculum

Principal Transfers
Mary Freitas, Principal of Sickles High School
Currently serves as Principal of Lennard High School

Joanne Griffiths, Principal of Cimino Elementary School
Currently serves as Principal of Cahoon Elementary Magnet School

Brent McBrien, Principal of Martinez Middle School
Currently serves as Principal of Davidsen Middle School

Scott Weaver, Principal of Roland Park K-8 Magnet School
Currently serves as Principal of Martinez Middle School

On May 2, the School Board also approved the appointments of nine veteran assistant principals who answered the call to transfer to a high needs school.

These leaders have joined the District’s Turnaround Leadership Pathways Initiative because they are committed to equity and know that leadership is a critical factor in improving outcomes for ALL students. Because of the investment in leadership at our high needs schools, Hillsborough County Public Schools seeks to change the trajectory for students and lead them to the path of success.

The newly transferred administrators to high-need schools bring a desire to support our students, families and community.

Assistant Principal Transfers
Sharon Ambrose, Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Broward Elementary School
Currently serves as Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Rampello K-8

Renee Best, Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Shaw Elementary School
Currently serves as Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Claywell Elementary School

Brad Brooks, Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Shields Middle School
Currently serves as Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Webb Middle School

Willie Hughes, Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Robles Elementary School
Currently serves as Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Clair Mel Elementary School

Toby Johnson, Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Memorial Middle School
Currently serves as Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Coleman Middle School

Jeanine Sadler, Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Clair Mel Elementary School
Currently serves as Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Stowers Elementary School

Robert Stingone, Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Shields Middle School
Currently serves as Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Dowdell Middle School

Melvin Williams, Assistant Principal for Administration at Armwood High School
Currently serves as Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Brandon EPIC 3 Center

Jody Woods, Assistant Principal for Administration at Chamberlain High School
Currently serves as Assistant Principal for Administration at Gaither High School

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