Kelly Stedman, Assistant Principal at James Stephens International Academy, has been named one of three finalists for Florida’s 2017 Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award (Assistant Principal of the Year) by Florida Commissioner of Education, Pam Stewart. 

“Ms. Stedman is one of the most talented administrators I have ever met, anywhere,” said Ken Savage, Principal of James Stephens International Academy.  “She is the perfect blend of humility, service, extraordinary work ethic, superb problem-solving ability, exceptional intelligence, and student-centeredness.  Ms. Stedman will be an exemplary leader for years to come and this award is just the beginning of her legacy of service to others.”

Stedman has served as Assistant Principal at JSIA for the last year.  She started her career in the Lee County School District in 2004 as a teacher.  In 2014 she was hired as the Assistant Principal at Veterans Park Academy for the Arts and worked there for two years before coming to James Stephens International Academy. 

She was nominated for the award by Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins.

“I am thrilled the Florida Department of Education has recognized Ms. Stedman for her passionate support of students. She fully embodies the mission and vision of our district, making sure each of her students reaches their highest personal potential,” shared Adkins.


The Assistant Principal of the Year will be named in a ceremony at the Dr. Brian Dassler Leadership Academy on June 21, 2017.

The recipient will receive a cash prize of $2,500 and $500 for their school.