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USF College of Education alumni and adjunct named principal of the year

Stephen Covert

Stephen Covert a long-time University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and recent USF (consolidated) Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program adjunct has been named Principal of the Year for Sarasota County Schools. He is and has been principal of the nationally recognized Pine View School for the Gifted since 2013.

Carol Ricks

The School District of Manatee County has named the University of South Florida – College of Education, Sarasota/Manatee graduate, Carol Ricks of Myakka City Elementary School as its Principal of the Year. Ricks has been the principal of Myakka City Elementary since 2019 and with the school district since 2008. 

Prior to her role as principal, Ricks has served as a teacher at Gene Witt, Myakka City and Tara Elementary Schools. She has also been an assistant principal at Gilbert W. McNeal Elementary School.

Adam Lane

Haines City High's Adam Lane and the University of South Florida College of Education graduate received Florida’s Principal of the Year Award by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Lane has been principal of HCHS in Polk County since 2015. During his tenure the school has seen a significant increase in its graduation rate, as well as a decrease in discipline referrals.

The award recognizes middle and high school principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as demonstrating exemplary contributions to the profession.

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About the USF College of Education:

As the home for more than 2,200 students and 130 faculty members across three campuses, the University of South Florida College of Education offers state-of-the-art teacher training and collegial graduate studies designed to empower educational leaders. Our college is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and our educator preparation programs are fully approved by the Florida Department of Education.