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The Assistant Principal of the Year award recognizes outstanding assistant 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 2023-24 Assistant Principal of the Year Finalists!

Adriene AndersonAdriene Anderson, Assistant Principal
Pineloch Elementary
Since starting out as a substitute teacher 20 years ago, Adriene Anderson has been drawn to leading and encouraging students. She has focused on making effective academic improvements, especially in the areas of math and science. At Ivey Lane Elementary, she helped launch the Mini Black Nurses Program, the first of its kind in the district. She also helped the school increase ELA proficiency. In a previous role, she helped Pine Hills Elementary increase math learning gains from 36% to 62%. One of Anderson’s strengths has been in engaging families and community partners to create incentives and share resources to supercharge learning.

Charisse HurdleCharisse N. Hurdle, M.Ed., Assistant Principal
Rolling Hills Elementary
Both at Rolling Hills ES and in her previous role as assistant principal at Riverside ES, Charisse Hurdle has helped improve pedagogical practices. She has demonstrated leadership skills and an ability to help transform low-performing, fragile schools. At Riverside, she had a key role in the school’s increase from a low D to a high C. She helped re-establish a PTA after a 16-year absence, and started a schoolwide student recognition program to increase motivation. In addition to being hands-on with students, she is a fantastic mentor to fellow assistant principals and teacher leaders, guiding them, sharing knowledge, and offering unwavering support. Hurdle, a former juvenile probation officer, also volunteers her time developing future leaders in an after-school mentoring program for girls.

Bridget BreskBridget Bresk, Assistant Principal
Windermere High
For nearly 20 years, Bridget Bresk, assistant principal of school climate at Windermere High, has been committed to academic excellence.
Throughout her tenure with OCPS, she has gone the distance to ensure students have the scholastic tools they need to excel, meet their graduation requirements and continue their education after high school.
Examples include explaining the grading system and providing resources to English Language Learners; discussing students’ progress with school counselors; and having high schoolers enroll in a college-and-career-readiness course before they graduate.
Previously, during three years as assistant principal of instruction at Lake Buena Vista High, Bresk’s instructional leadership helped lead students to success by obtaining a 93% graduation rate during the 2021-2022 school year.

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