During the Celebration of School Leaders, Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart named Kelly Stedman, Assistant Principal of James Stephens International Academy, the 2017 Assistant Principal of the Year. She was honored for contributing to increased student performance; safe learning environments; and successful partnerships with parents and community members.

“School leaders set the tone for educators, students, parents, and community members, and they are integral to student success,” said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “Dr. Rachel Shelley and Kelly Stedman have demonstrated unwavering dedication to Florida’s students, and I am honored to recognize them with this prestigious award. The exceptional leadership that they and their colleagues throughout Florida offer is essential to ensuring students receive a world-class education.”

Kelly Stedman has been the assistant principal at James Stephens International Academy for the last year. Her colleagues expressed an appreciation for her passionate support of students and the way in which she helps teachers grow. She stands out among her peers for her ability to make parents, staff and students feel valued and cared for. No matter the situation, Stedman is described as always having a positive attitude and tackling every challenge she faces.

The 2017 Assistant Principal of the Year was awarded a cash prize of $2,500 and $500 for her school.

For more information about Florida’s educator recognition and recruitment programs, visit http://www.fldoe.org/teaching/recognition-recruitment