Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year Named

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 9:12am

October 31, 2018


Flagler County School District

Jason Wheeler


Flagler Schools Announces Principal, Assistant Principal of the Year

No tricks, just treats for a pair of Flagler Schools administrators this Halloween!

Superintendent James Tager surprised the pair Tuesday morning with visits to their campuses.

Paul Peacock is this year’s Principal of the Year. He has been principal of Indian Trails Middle School since 2011. Mr. Peacock has been in education for 28 years, serving as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Stetson University and a Masters in Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Under his leadership, Indian Trails Middle School has maintained an “A” grade from the State of Florida and the past two years has been named a “School of Excellence.” Paul’s wife Tonya is a paraprofessional at Old Kings Elementary School. They have three daughters, with their youngest finishing up her teaching degree at Flagler College.

“Paul has the ability to take a staff of varied backgrounds and skills and mold them into a great team,” says Superintendent Tager. “Maybe it’s the ‘coach’s mentality,’ but Paul gets everyone on his campus to bring their best day in and day out.”

Peacock is humbled by the honor. “To me, it’s a reflection on our teachers, our staff, and our kids. I’m honored, but it’s about those guys and I couldn’t work with a better group of people.”

The district’s Assistant Principal of the Year is Cara Cronk, who is in her 23rd year in education. She is currently an assistant principal at Buddy Taylor Middle School, coming over this year from Matanzas High School, where she served in the same capacity for two years.  Cara attended Florida Atlantic University for her undergraduate degree in Education and American College of Education for her Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Administration. She’s worked with Flagler Schools since August 2004. Cara has two daughters, and her husband Justin Cronk is Dean of Students at Indian Trails MIddle School.

Superintendent Tager says “Cara is an asset wherever she goes. She is a rising star among our school administrators and whatever we throw at her, she is able to run with it and succeed. And she does it with an infectious smile.”

“There are so many deserving people in this district that work so hard every day for our schools and our kids,” says Cronk. “ I am just very honored to be selected.”

Both Peacock and Cronk will now represent Flagler Schools in the the statewide competition. The Florida Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year will be awarded in February.  


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