Summer is over and we are all looking forward to the beginning of a new and successful year at Lakewood High School. While most of us are anxious to begin school again, see old friends and make new ones, I am aware that some students will be a bit nervous and anxious. I can assure you, that in a very short time, you will find a very supportive and caring staff to help our parents and students with any concerns that may arise. I am sure you will soon feel much more relaxed as the weeks progress. I am especially hopeful that each and every student has a great year. My door is always open!
Now, as you may know, I am not new to Lakewood nor the community. I am a graduate of Hillcrest High School, and I have lived in this community for more than 40 years. And although I am the new principal at Lakewood, this is not my first time as a Gator, either. I started my teaching career here and then became an assistant principal at Lakewood . My most recent duty was as the principal, for the past four years at the Sumter County Career Center. While at the Career Center I had the opportunity to get to know a number of Gators who took classes at the Career Center. I believe all of these experiences have prepared me to serve the Lakewood community once again, but especially as the new principal. I look forward to a highly successful year where our focus will be on the success of each student. While there are a number of attributes that will contribute to our overall success, I believe a caring attitude between students, faculty, staff, parents and the community is the most important key.