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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 2018-19 POY Finalists

Photo of Lukeshia MillerLukeshia Miller, Apopka Elementary

As a principal and instructional leader for nearly 20 years, Lukeisha finds nothing more motivating than shaping the lives of young people. When asked what inspires her as a principal, she shared, “To know that I am responsible for positively impacting, not only the lives within the [school walls], but also the lives of others connected to our school is what is most inspiring to me.”



Photo of Anne LynaughAnne Lynaugh, Millennia Elementary & Millennia Gardens Elementary

Being the principal of two schools is no easy feat. Yet, Anne Lynaugh has served in this capacity with a “masterful” combination of grace and grit. When asked what inspires her as a master principal, she shared, “I am asked over and over, how can you run two schools, and I answer my inspiration comes from the good people who work hard every day to provide the best for our students. If you think my hands are full running two schools, you should see my heart.” 


Photo of Wendy IvoryWendy Ivory, OCPS Academic Center for Excellence

Wendy Ivory has an open-door policy, but it might be difficult to find her on any given day, as she is regularly engaged with her staff, students and the community. When asked what inspires her as a principal, she shared, “I am inspired by the student that despite his/her circumstances, dares to dream, relentlessly pursues, and achieves the American Dream. Their perseverance and determination to succeed not only inspires me to be a better principal, it inspires me to be a better person.”