Torlak, Link join Viera High School’s administration


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Naim Torlak (left) and Stephen Link are new assistant principals/deans at Viera High School this seaon.

CARL KOTALA

There are some new faces among the administrators at Viera High School this year.

Naim Torlak and Stephen Link have joined the staff as the school’s new assistant principals/deans.

While the first few weeks of school can be a little chaotic, both men said they have been enjoying their time at Viera.

“Everybody’s very welcoming, very warm and very helpful,” said the 42-year-old Torlak. “They seem very happy to be here and very proud of being part of Viera, as we are, too.”

Both men have engineering and coaching backgrounds.

Link, 38, was at Heritage High School for the previous 10 years, where he taught math, served as the school’s testing coordinator and also coached boys basketball. Prior to that, he was at Bayside for five years and also worked for the Harris Corporation.

He said the idea of coming to Viera was enticing because of, “the chance to be at a school with a community like this and the chance to work with Mrs. (Sarah) Robinson, who is a great, young principal.

“I just really wanted to get involved with a community like Viera.”

Torlak, meanwhile, spent the previous 14 years at Bayside, where he taught math and science, coached soccer, and also sponsored the school’s rocket club.

The two men join a Viera High School administration led by Robinson that also includes Tim Rooney, Heather Smith and Paloma Ferreira.

“Both of them bring with them experiences that I think are going to support our students, support our teachers,” Robinson said. “They’re each going to be overseeing the departments that are their backgrounds, so Mr. Torlak is going to oversee science and Mr. Link is going to oversee math.

“I think both of them have an enthusiasm and a passion that they’re going to be working with our teachers, working with our students and our community. We’re really excited to have them on board.”

While they do have similar backgrounds, the two men bring different strengths to the school.

“I pride myself on building relationships with the students and the parents and with the staff, just trying to get to know them beyond the job,” Link said. “It makes working with people more enjoyable and more effective when you really get to know them.”

Torlak, who said the lure of experiencing something different every day and getting to interact with students were two of the reasons he left engineering for education, seems like a problem solver.

“I think I pay attention to detail,” he said. “I’m a strong disciplinarian. I recognize problems quickly and I can come up with solutions really quickly. I think I can contribute in that way.”

Originally drawn to education by the opportunity to coach, Link has an admirable long-term goal.

“Every day and every year, I’ve loved working with the students more and more,” he said. “It’s kept me here. Now, I’m excited to be in administration and stay at Viera for as long as they’ll have me and hopefully be a principal one day.”