This time of the year tends to bring a feeling of celebration to our homes. The holidays bring us all together, whether we’re in the same city or separated by oceans. So I hope you have some sense of thanksgiving as we prepare to move into 2021.

A lot has happened in the world of Flagler Schools. First, I was honored to be hired as Superintendent and officially began the job June 1st. This is an amazing opportunity for me and I was excited to get the school year started. Of course, we began the 2020-21 school year a little later than we anticipated, but our campuses were clean and ready to welcome our teachers, staff, and students. I’m sure you all are aware of learning models we’ve offered our families. Our in-person, traditional setting has been the most popular. Our iFlagler virtual school saw record growth, and the Remote-Live option, which allows a student to attend a live class remotely has been something new for everyone.

If you have the opportunity to do so, thank a Flagler Schools teacher or employee. The successful return to our school year is a direct result of the incredibly dedicated and talented team assembled on each of our campuses and in every department. They all have been asked to learn new protocols to keep our school buildings open and safe.

As an organization, we have embraced the challenges and found new ways to reach the same mission, which is to empower our students to reach their full potential.  We have reimagined and designed innovative classroom spaces and technology support resources.  Teachers have adapted their instructional deliveries to provide Remote-Live lessons.  Schools have found new ways to connect with their families through virtual open houses and information sessions.  Through it all, our families have responded with patience and an understanding, showing that we truly are all in this together.

As we flip the calendar to 2021, there is still so much ahead of us. We will celebrate our District Teacher and Employee of the year, as well as our Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year. Normally, this would be done during a gala at our Flagler Auditorium, with an open invitation to all of you in our community. Obviously, we cannot do that this year. Please keep an eye out for updates on how you can be a part of our January celebration.

In closing, I ask of everyone in our community to do the same thing I ask of our teachers, staff, and students: listen to the advice given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering when you can’t keep a proper distance from someone else, and stay home if you are not feeling well.

Working Together,




Superintendent, Flagler Schools