Ken Savage, the Principal at James Stephens International Academy in Fort Myers, is Florida’s Principal of the Year. Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart made the announcemnent at the Commissioner’s Summit for Principals in Orlando earlier today.

Savage was appointed as a turnaround principal for James Stephens International Academy in June of 2016. In one year, he helped improve the school grade from an F to a B. He is commended for being a self-starter and critical thinker, and he is known as a diligent data user who always focuses on the ultimate goal – student achievement. He is a member of Principal Leads in Lee County and mentors other administrators.

Savage says hearing his name called came as a total surprise. “This award is actually a recognition of our wonderful students and incredibly talented staff. I am just privileged to advocate on their behalf and for our deserving families.”

“I am so thrilled for Ken,” said Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins. “The Florida Department of Education could not have made a better choice. Ken’s passion and commitment to our students is second to none and we are blessed and honored to have him as part of this amazing district.”

Dr. Adkins nominated Savage for the award and he was named one of three finalists in January. As the 2018 Principal of the Year Savage receives a $5,000 cash prize.

Commissioner Stewart says, “Strong leadership in our schools is essential to ensure teachers and students have the support and resources necessary to succeed. Kenneth Savage and Jackie Ramsey have made a tremendous impact on their students, colleagues and community.”

Ramsey, from Carver Middle School in Orange County, was honored today as Assistant Principal of the year.

Just one year ago, it was the Assistant Principal at James Stephens International Academy, Kelly Stedman, being honored as Florida’s Assistant Principal of the year.