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PRESS RELEASE

November 1, 2002

Contact: Pam Bryant
Florida Board of Education
(850) 201-7130

Education Secretary Jim Horne announces 2002 Assistant Principals of the Year

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Education Secretary Jim Horne today announced the three recipients of the 2002 Outstanding Assistant Principal Award. Each winner represents a school at the elementary, middle or high school level.

The honorees were selected for outstanding leadership and exemplary service and commitment to their students and schools.

"These educators have demonstrated their dedication to promoting student achievement," said Horne. "We are fortunate to have recipients of this caliber who are dedicated to improving student performance through Governor Jeb Bush's A+ Plan for Education. I congratulate each of them on their extraordinary accomplishments in providing safe learning environments and forging partnerships with parents and communities to ensure a high-quality education for every student."

The recipients are:

  • Dodie Graham of the J.D. Parker School of Math, Science and Technology in Martin County, a "B" school during the 2001-2002 school year. Graham has served as assistant principal of her elementary school since 1998, and has introduced numerous programs to raise student achievement in all academic areas. As a result of student performance initiatives, her school has experienced significant increases in Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores; the percentage of students scoring three and above on the FCAT Writes exam rose from 51 percent to 92 percent over the past three years.

  • Eric Seymour of Lincoln Park Academy in St. Lucie County, an "A" school during the 2001-2002 school year. He has served as assistant principal at his middle school for three years. Seymour has implemented various programs to foster student development such as a before-school FCAT tutorial and a Citizen of the Year program. Seymour has also been instrumental in obtaining grant funding to improve migrant students' computer skills, and to increase the retention of pre-engineering students. Lincoln Park Academy is the only school in Florida to feature this engineering program.

  • Wayne Jenkins of Bartram High School in St. Johns County, an "A" school during the 2001-2002 school year. Jenkins has been assistant principal since 2000. He serves on the School Advisory Council and PTO and has organized quarterly Parent Information Nights, awards programs, scholarship programs and other activities. Jenkins has developed an Advanced College Prep Academy at his school that will offer a high-level curriculum to more than 150 students next year.

Each Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year will be recognized for their achievements at the Florida Association of School Administrators Conference, Nov. 17-19, at the Marriott at Heron Bay in Coral Springs.