Clay schools to see new leadership in the fall

Clay Today
Posted 6/13/18

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County School Superintendent Addison Davis announced four administrative changes within the school district involving three principal positions at different …

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Clay schools to see new leadership in the fall

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Clay County School Superintendent Addison Davis announced four administrative changes within the school district involving three principal positions at different schools.

Stephanie Jackson has been named the new principal of Grove Park Elementary School replacing Scott Voytko who had served the previous four years as principal. Jackson comes to Clay after having served for four years as principal of Pine Forest School of the Arts in Duval County Public Schools where she began her educational career 13 years ago as an eighth-grade teacher.

Jackson taught for three years before accepting her first instructional coaching position. She served as an Instructional Coach at Andrew Jackson High for one year before becoming a Regional Reading Coordinator for Florida’s Office of Differentiated Accountability, where she served lower performing middle and high schools in Duval County. Jackson has been an assistant principal at both the middle and elementary school levels. Jackson has two sons and a husband who also serves in the field of education.

Justin Faulkner is the new principal of Orange Park Junior High replacing Al De Jesus who had been at the school for four years. Faulkner is in his 12th year with the Clay County School District and moves over to OPJH from Orange Park High where he served as an assistant principal since 2014. He holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Saint Leo University. As a classroom teacher prior, he led the district in Advanced Placement English passing rates and represented Clay High as Teacher of the Year. With his strong background and passion in English Language Arts, Mr. Faulkner worked alongside the English and reading departments at Orange Park High in an effort to raise literacy achievement across grade levels, and was selected as Clay County’s Assistant Principal of the Year for 2018.

Whether he is mentoring new teachers, transforming the practice of veteran teachers or simply providing ideas in curriculum and instruction, he works endlessly to ensure that each student achieves their full potential. Through the facilitation of professional development, classroom observations, and the provision of teacher feedback, Faulkner strives to impact instruction, so that it is rooted in academic rigor that leads to a successful future for all students.

Jennifer Roach is the new supervisor of Instructional Personnel. Roach has been with Clay County District Schools for 15 years, serving as a teacher at Clay Hill Elementary and Swimming Pen Creek Elementary, Reading Coach at Bannerman Learning Center, assistant principal of RideOut Elementary, vice principal of Lakeside Junior High, coordinator of Information Services and, most recently, principal of Plantation Oaks Elementary.

Chastity Lee, once board approved on June 28, will replace Roach as principal of Plantation Oaks Elementary.

Lee joined Clay County in the 4th grade as a student at Doctors Inlet Elementary, graduated from Middleburg High in 1992 and went on to pursue an undergraduate degree in elementary education at the University of North Florida.

Lee has 16 years of teaching experience in Clay County and in 2011, she graduated from the University of North Florida with a master’s degree in educational leadership. Lee has served as an assistant principal at Shadowlawn Elementary for the last three years and has recently completed the Emerging Leaders Program.

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