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© 2019 Duval County Public Schools

2018 Principal/Assistant Principal of the Year selected


Pictured (from left to right): Principal of the Year, Crystal Lewis, and Assistant Principal of the Year, Rhonda Motley.

Dec. 4, 2018 - Congratulations to this year's Duval County Public Schools’ District-wide Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year, Crystal Lewis and Rhonda Motley.

Lewis and Motley were recognized and presented with trophies at November’s principal meeting. The two will move on to compete for the Florida Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year titles, which will be announced in February 2019.


"I am deeply honored to receive the title of Principal of the Year," said Lewis. "Children want to feel welcomed, valued and loved. My goal is to make sure these experiences happen daily by being an example and setting high expectations for everyone who interacts with our babies."

In addition to the two district-wide winners, one principal and one assistant principal from each academic level – turnaround, elementary, middle, and high – were recognized for going above and beyond in their dedication to improving schools, and creating a safe and positive learning environment.

Principals who were nominated for their region were asked to write an essay about their school's story and the role they've played in the progress their school has made over the years. A selection committee carefully reviewed their essays and supporting data.

Team Duval is proud to announce the following winners as Principals and Assistant Principals of the Year for their academic level:


Turnaround Principal of the Year

Shirley Winfrey

Hyde Park Elementary


Turnaround Assistant Principal of the Year

Natalya Richie

Brentwood Elementary


Elementary Principal of the Year

Crystal Lewis

New Berlin Elementary


Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year

N’deeo Hicks

Don Brewer Elementary


Middle School Principal of the Year

Tina Bennett

John E. Ford K-8


Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year

Vondeira Scott

Alfred I. duPont Middle


High School Principal of the Year

Gregory Bostic

Jean Ribault High


High School Assistant Principal of the Year

Rhonda Motley  

Sandalwood High


Duval County Public Schools Principal of the Year

Crystal Lewis

New Berlin Elementary


Duval County Public Schools Assistant Principal of the Year

Rhonda Motley

Sandalwood High