During an annual start-of-summer meeting with all of the principals and assistant principals from the School District of Palm Beach County, Superintendent Robert Avossa stopped his presentation to make a special announcement.
Dr. Anthony Lockhart, principal of Lake Shore Middle School, had been named as the Florida Association of School Administrators (FASA) Principal of the Year. The crowd of Lockhart’s peers and colleagues rose to their feet to applaud him while he took to the stage to share a bit of his experience and the advice he gives the staff at the school to keep them passionate about the work that they do.
“I used to teach students like they were going to college,” Lockhart said. “Now I teach them like they are going to be marrying my daughter.”
In his first year at Lake Shore Middle, the school grade improved by two letter grades, rising from an F-rated school to a C rating for the 2015-2016 school year. Lockhart’s success at the school led to the FASA award, which qualifies him for the National Principals of the Year Award by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Lockhart is also the School District of Palm Beach County’s Principal of the Year for the 2016-2017 school year.
“It’s not about doing the best that you can do,” Lockhart told his colleagues. “It’s about doing it with love.”