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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 our three 2020-21 Principal of the Year finalists!

Jennifer Bellinger

Jennifer Bellinger | Oak Ridge High

Ms. Bellinger uses a winner’s attitude to implement change throughout her school. She decreased teacher attrition, increased student achievement and moved the school from a D to B in two years. The implementation of progress monitoring systems, teacher development and leadership development helped the school achieve success in the classroom, athletics and parent engagement. 

Seth Daub

Seth Daub | Catalina Elementary


Mr. Daub’s focus on data-driven instruction moved Catalina’s school grade from a D to a C. He strives to consistently and authentically engage with those he serves, including students, teachers, staff members, families and the community. Mr. Daub is the Florida Association of School Administrators’ president for the 2020-21 school year, further proving he has a servant’s mindset.

Aleli Vazquez Santiago

Aleli Vazquez | Meadow Woods Elementary

Ms. Vazquez focuses on building teacher capacity. She models and inspires teachers to try new things, take risks, and be creative and dynamic. She’s provided strategic professional development and equipped staff with strategies to design calm, inviting classrooms. Ms. Vazquez’s investment in human capital and trauma-informed learning increased staff morale and academic performance.