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The Principal of the Year award recognizes outstanding principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrating exemplary contributions to their schools and communities.

Congratulations to the 2021-22 Principal of the Year Finalists!

Martha ChangMartha C. Chang
Lake Nona High

As a long time, public school educator, Martha Chang continuously works toward increasing academic achievement, student safety and school pride. She emphasizes a rigorous curriculum that challenges the students she serves at Lake Nona High School. In only her second year as principal at Lake Nona High School, the school earned an “A” with the largest point increase of all secondary schools in the county.

She also increased career and technical education opportunities by adding horticulture, photography and law enforcement to course offerings.

Julie HeltonJulie Helton
Castleview Elementary

With experience working as an administrator at the district-level and as a principal at the school-level, Julie Helton has demonstrated academic success with elementary and secondary students for nearly 20 years. Not only has she shown great leadership with students and parents, but with her peers as well. Dr. Helton has led a variety of trainings for principals and assistant principals, while also mentoring three principals this school year. In every school she has worked in, she has been highly regarded in her handling of difficult and high-pressure situations.

Lukeshia MillerLukeshia J. Miller
Phillis Wheatley Elementary

From a very young age Lukeshia Miller knew teaching others was her purpose. She has a proven track record of increasing student achievement in Title I schools by creating a positive culture and climate conducive to learning for all students. Ms. Miller has graciously and humbly served the students of OCPS for 21 years. As a principal, she has led two schools to high performing status as determined by the FLDOE. On a daily basis, Ms. Miller exhibits not only leadership and commitment, but works hard to build strong families and engaged communities.

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