Board OKs new principal

Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11:31 AM.

The Franklin County School Board last week hired a veteran teacher and reading coach as the new principal of the Franklin County School.

By unanimous consent, the board June 19 accepted the recommendation of Superintendent Nina Marks to hire Yvette Lerner, a former teacher in the district who now lives in Chipley.

Marks said there had been about two dozen applicants to succeed Eric Bidwell as principal, and that a committee of the Panhandle Area Education Consortium, including Franklin County’s Nick O’Grady, had whittled it down to five applicants. Four of these were interviewed, and Marks selected Lerner.

“I would like to express my support for the incoming principal of Franklin County Schools,” said Marks. “Mrs. Yvette Lerner has been a friend of Franklin County for many years, conducting professional development workshops to improve our mastery of curriculum. Faculty and staff are very familiar with her. Mrs. Lerner has the talent for enhancing programs and using her leadership skills to make learning more exciting for the faculty and the students they instruct. Bringing in Mrs. Lerner is a gain for Franklin County.”

Lerner, who is in Orlando this week receiving training on English Language Arts formative assessment tasks, said she was honored to have been named principal of the pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade school.

She taught second grade in Franklin County in 1985-86, after being hired by Janice Gordon at Brown Elementary School. “Two hurricanes, one tropical depression and a successful year of teaching later; I left to return to Washington County,” she said.

Lerner met and married the local Navy recruiter and taught in Washington County until 1990, when her first son Matthew was born. The family moved when the Navy transferred Lerner’s husband to Brunswick, Maine and they lived there for four years during which time Lerner’s second son, Christian, was born. From there the Navy sent the family to China Lake, California where they lived until 1996.

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