09-24-2013 Special School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #8


Title
2013 Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership and Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award

Discussion

The Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership and the Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award were established in 1988 to recognize exemplary principals and assistant principals for their contributions to their schools and communities. The programs honor principals and assistant principals that have spearheaded initiatives to increase student performance, promote safe learning environments, and establish partnerships with parents and community members.  This year’s nominees were nominated by their peers and selected through a process involving community stakeholders and district leadership.

 



Recommendation

Recognize Brevard Public Schools' winner of the Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership:

Joseph Loffek, Principal at Gemini Elementary School is in his 15th year as school principal and is currently beginning his fifth year serving the boys and girls in the community of Melbourne Beach as principal of Gemini Elementary School.  Prior to his present assignment, he was principal for 10 and a half years at Port Malabar Elementary School in Palm Bay.  Before assuming a principal role, he served as assistant principal at Riviera Elementary School.  In 1988, he coached baseball to 14-16 year olds in the Cape Canaveral area, and it was this experience of working with kids that resulted in his returning to school to seek his teaching degree.  In 1990, he received his bachelor's degree in education from the University of Central Florida.  With this he entered Brevard Public Schools as a sixth grade teacher at Holland Elementary School, later obtaining his master's degree in educational leadership from NOVA Southeastern University.  During his tenure as a district administrator, both Gemini and Port Malabar Elementary received national recognition as a Title I school with the  prestigious Blue Ribbon award.  "Mr. Loffek's remarkable leadership guides teams that develop systematic processes for every teacher to use through regular and consistent dialog to increase student achievement," states Karen Kise, Meadowlane Primary Elementary principal.

Recognize Brevard Public Schools' Winner of the Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award:

Kimberly Stockton, Assistant Principal at Cocoa High School has been an educator with Brevard Public Schools for 28 years serving in the capacity of physical education teacher and in various leadership roles throughout the district and currently serves as the assistant principal for facilities at Cocoa High School.  Ms. Stockton earned her Associate of Arts degree from Brevard Community College; a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Florida A & M University and master's degree in educational leadership from NOVA Southeastern University.  As an ordained minister, Ms. Stockton is currently attending St. Thomas University working towards the completion of her Master of Divinity degree.    "I recommended Ms. Stockton due to her ability to develop strong relationships with community leaders, businesses, and non-profit organizations.   I have been impressed with her hard work ethic and the passion she demonstrates for curriculum and instruction in addition to her current duties as the assistant principal responsible for facilities," says Cocoa High School principal, Dr. Stephanie Soliven.   "Ms. Stockton provides leadership as the administrator for the AVID program and also works diligently with teachers to enhance their performance.  She has coordinated various athletic and community events and served as the lead administrator for the transition of Clearlake Middle School students to Cocoa High School."

"Both of these individuals are excellent examples of true educational leaders and will represent the Brevard community well at the state level," concludes Dr. Binggeli.

The Brevard Association of Administrators (BASA), led by Marjorie Ebersbach, and the Community Credit Union, under Mr. David Brock join the district in celebrating these two school leaders and will present checks to both individuals.



Meeting Date(s)
Resolution / Presentation - 9/24/2013

Authority for Action
F.S. 1001.42

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Agenda Item will not Require the Expenditure of Funds

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Contact
Debra P. Pace, Associate Superintendent, Human Resources Services, extension 200