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Jennifer Nzeza Named Principal at Southside Elementary

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SARASOTA COUNTY, April 9, 2018 – Jennifer Nzeza has been named principal of Southside Elementary School effective May 30. She currently serves as assistant principal at Southside where she has worked since 2017. Ms. Nzeza was recently recognized as the 2018 Sarasota County District Assistant Principal of the Year based on her work at Southside. Her new position is pending confirmation from the School Board. Ms. Nzeza assumes the role currently held by Steve Dragon, who is retiring May 29.

“I am thrilled to name Jennifer Nzeza as the new principal of Southside Elementary,” stated Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “She is an exceptional leader and her administrative skills, coupled with the connections she has made at Southside, make her an ideal candidate for the post. I know she will continue to shine in this capacity”

“I am ecstatic to have been selected as the next principal of Southside Elementary School,” commented Jennifer Nzeza. “I look forward to leading and working alongside our highly-talented teachers, our dedicated parents and our amazing children. Oh, the places we’ll go!”

“Jennifer has proven that she is a perfect candidate to assume the role of principal at Southside Elementary,” noted Christopher Renouf, executive director of Elementary Schools. “She brings an incredible K-12 instruction perspective along with a passion and commitment to involve all stakeholders in maintaining the strong tradition of excellence of Southside. I am excited for her and the entire Southside School community.”

Prior to her work as assistant principal at Southside Elementary, Ms. Nzeza served as an assistant principal at Pine View School from 2011 – 2017 where she was responsible for professional development and instruction. She was also involved in numerous literacy-focused initiatives. Earlier in her career with the Sarasota County School District, Ms. Nzeza worked at Booker Middle School from 1998 – 2011 where worked as a teacher and academic interventionist. Ms. Nzeza has an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Argosy University, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University and a bachelor’s degree in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida. She resides in Sarasota with her family.

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