Viera educator reaches lifetime goal with move to Space Coast Junior/Senior


photo courtesy of Sylvia Mijuskovic

Sylvia Mijuskovic is about to realize her lifetime goal as an educator just as her husband, Mark, is beginning his retirement.

Mijuskovic, who has been the assistant principal in charge of curriculum at Viera High School for the past five years, has been named the new principal at Space Coast Junior/Senior High School in Port St. John. She will replace Bob Spinner, who is retiring.

“This is a lifelong dream of mine,’’ said Mijuskovic, whose husband was an administrator at Eau Gallie High School before retiring this spring. “I came here nine years ago from Miami Dade, where I had been a longtime assistant principal. I had to take a few steps backward to reach my goal.’’

Mijuskovic and her husband, who live in Viera, were happy to leave the hectic life in Miami to settle in Brevard County with their two daughters. 

Jazmyn is studying communication at the University of South Florida and is on track to graduate in December. She is a Viera High graduate.

The youngest daughter, Jaclyn, just graduated from Rockledge High School. She has earned a scholarship to play softball for Flagler College in St. Augustine.

The 52-year-old Mijuskovic received both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Florida International. She is only two classes shy of receiving her specialist degree, which is the academic territory between a master’s degree and a doctorate. She began her career as an elementary school teacher and taught at all the grade levels before making the transition to become a principal. English was her favorite class to teach, and she also became a specialist in the student-at-risk and dropout prevention program.

“I want to start out by getting to know the teachers at Space Coast and see what their vision is for the school,’’ Mijuskovic said. 

“I want to meet some of the parents. I hope to find some commonalities with them and the community. I want to put a plan together to take the school to the next level. It’s an honor to replace someone like Bob [Spinner]. I hope my skills are well-received by the students.’’