New Suntree principal has passion for sports


Shari Tressler is the new principal at Suntree Elementary. | PHOTO BY BARRY TRESSLERMims Elementary School principal Shari Tressler will be the new principal at Suntree Elementary. She replaces Meachell Giombetti, who retired after seven years at the helm of Suntree and more than 30 years at the Brevard County School District.

Like Giombetti, Tressler served for many years at a Title I school, dealing with the challenges that come with being located in an economically disadvantaged area.

“I am looking forward to seeing how schools are in another part of the county,” Tressler said. “Suntree Elementary has a wonderful and successful history and I am proud to be a part of that.”

Tressler has more than 18 years of experience in education. She started at Mims Elementary as a sixth-grade teacher before serving as assistant principal and then principal.

A native to the area, Tressler graduated from Cocoa High in 1990 and has witnessed Brevard County go through many changes through the years. She brings knowledge of the area and the school system as well as extensive professional expertise. 

She holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Rollins College, a master's degree in Instructional Leadership from Saint Leo University and she is currently pursuing her doctorate of education at Nova Southeastern University. 

Tressler said she understands that the most important part of her position is in the relationships she builds, not only with her staff and teachers, but also the students and parents and the community at large. 

“Creating those relationships starts with being visible — on campus, in the classrooms and in the community. I know Suntree has strong and successful relationships with all of these groups and I look forward to being a part of that.”

Being a part of the community is not only in the job description, she has spent many hours on the sidelines watching her children play sports. Passionate about sports, her family particularly loves baseball.

She and her husband, retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Barry Tressler, named all five of their children after famous ball players: Brett, 26; Brooke, 25; Bari, 22; Chance, 13; and Casey, 11. Tressler said she loves children and she loves to learn as well as travel, spending her down-time touring universities across the United States. 

For more information about Suntree Elementary, call 321-242-6480.