Superintendent Bill Husfelt named principals for Callaway and Deer Point Elementary schools pending School Board approval.
Tim Keiffer was selected as principal of Callaway Elementary School. He is currently the assistant principal at Jinks Middle School.
He believes that “all students can be successful with the combined efforts of educators, administrators, and parents. When all stakeholders contribute in their unique way, the students receive the absolute best education that is possible. Young students, especially, need nurturing and guidance as they transition through their early educational years. If young students have a positive experience in elementary school, they significantly increase their chances for success later in life.”
He started teaching in Bay County in 1995 at Mowat Middle School. He accepted his first administrative post in 1999 as an Administrative Assistant for Curriculum at A. Crawford Mosley High School and was named assistant principal of Jinks in 2003.
Keiffer is a graduate of Gulf Coast Community College with a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida State University-Panama City.
At the close of this school year, Lendy Willis will leave his post as the District Executive Director of Curriculum and Instructional Services to develop and open Deer Point Elementary School as its first principal.
The school is slated to begin accepting students for the 2010-2011 school year.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to take all that I have learned working at the district level and apply it to the "real-world" of schooling. I love a good challenge! This is a chance for me to "walk the talk" that I have been preaching to school-based administrators for years. I believe what the research tells me about motivating struggling students and will work to create an environment where ALL students excel and ALL parents are included in the process,” he said.
Willis graduated from Gulf Coast Community College and went on to the University of West Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education.
His first teaching job was at Lucille Moore Elementary School. In 1983, he moved to Columbus, Georgia where he taught at Randolph County Elementary Schools and completed his master’s degree in Administration/Supervision at Columbus State University.
He has many awards that reflect his expertise and dedication to public education. Willis has also served as a presenter and trainer on numerous educational topics at local, state and national conferences and seminars.