Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year

Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year
Posted on 11/02/2018
Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year

The School District of Lee County proudly congratulates Clayton Simmons, Principal at Estero High School, for being selected Lee County Principal of the year. The District also proudly congratulates Katie Scoville, Assistant Principal at East Lee County High School, for being named Lee County Assistant Principal of the year. Both Simmons and Scoville will now be nominated for the Florida Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year award.

“Clayton and Katie are both incredible educators and administrators that have transformed their schools,” says Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins. “Clayton led Estero to a two grade jump from a “C” to an “A” this year and Katie is a big part of the reason East Lee is turning around its academic performance.”

Simmons was named Principal of Estero High School in July of 2014. His staff says he leads by example, visits almost every class weekly and meets regularly with teachers for their input. “He has created an Academic Leadership Team that includes our strongest teachers representing all our departments,” writes Assistant Principal Mike Amabile in his recommendation letter. “Those teachers will move mountains for Estero High School because they feel valued and that their ideas and opinions are used in the decision making process.”

“I am honored to have been selected ‘Principal of the Year for the School District of Lee County,’” Simmons says. “It is a privilege to be the principal of Estero High School and I’m grateful to work with our amazing students and staff. I would like to thank the School Board, Dr. Adkins, district staff, and the Village of Estero for their continued support of Estero High School and remember, ‘It’s always great to be an Estero High School Wildcat!’”

Katie Scoville moved to East Lee High School as Assistant Principal in January of 2018 after working at all three grade levels and the District Offices. Principal Melissa Robery says Scoville was the first person she asked to join her at East Lee. “Her most powerful contribution is in helping students who have felt years of frustration meeting the standard on comprehensive achievement tests, regain their confidence and show significant improvement,” Robery explained in her recommendation letter. “She has a drive to make sure our students and staff never, never, never give up.”

“I am surprised and humbled to receive this recognition,” Scoville says. “It’s very gratifying when our long hours and hard work are acknowledged!”

Nominations for Simmons as Florida Principal of the Year and Scoville as Florida Assistant Principal of the Year will be sent to the Florida Department of Education by Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins. The DOE will announce the finalists in January and the winners by early March. Each award comes with a $5,000 cash prize.

The School District of Lee County has claimed one of the two top honors the last two years. Ken Savage was named 2018 Florida Principal of the year in January after leading James Stephens International Academy from an “F” grade to a “B” in just one year. In 2017, James Stephens Assistant Principal Kelly Stedman was named Florida’s Assistant Principal of the Year. Savage now works for the Florida Department of Education while Stedman is Principal at James Stephens.