Brevard Public Schools leader named as Principal of the Year finalist



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Today, Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart announced that Rick Fleming, principal of West Shore Jr./Sr. High, is one of three finalists for Florida’s 2018 Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership (Principal of the Year).

For more than 23 years, Fleming has served the school district in various teaching and administrative roles. To enhance team camaraderie, Fleming instituted a “Wildcat Winner” program at faculty meetings where teachers acknowledge each other’s hard work and dedication. He is often sought upon for his leadership expertise, and he serves on various committees that are focused on improving education. He is praised for leading by example and serving as a role model for his students, staff and community. 

Commissioner Stewart said in a statement, “It is a great honor to recognize these principals and assistant principals whose hard work and commitment to Florida’s students sets them apart, and I look forward to celebrating them next month at the Commissioner’s Summit for Principals.”

The winners will be named during the Commissioner’s Summit for Principals on February 9 in Orlando. The 2018 Principal of the Year will receive a cash prize of $5,000, and the remaining Principal of the Year finalists will receive $1,500. The 2018 Assistant Principal of the Year will receive a cash prize of $3,500, and the remaining Assistant Principal of the Year finalists will receive $1,061.

Candidates for these awards were nominated by the superintendent from their respective school districts. Complete lists of candidates from each district for both categories are available online: 2017-18 Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership District Winners and 2017-18 Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award District Winners.

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