New principals and administrative positions have been announced for the 2022-23 school year in the Manatee County School District as longtime educators and department heads plan to retire this summer.
The School Board of Manatee County will vote to finalize all administrative changes, the district said in a press release.
In Bradenton, two schools will have new principals, Southeast High School and Witt Elementary School.
Southeast High School principal Rosa Faison will retire and be replaced by Ginger Collins, and Witt Elementary Principal David Marshall will retire and be replaced by Connie Dixon.
The school district will also make four administrative changes in its front office to its education, curriculum and human resource departments.
Dr. Stephanie Callaway will be replacing Mike Rio who is retiring as executive director of elementary education.
Dr. Laurie Breslin will replace interim director Dr. Robin Thompson as executive director of curriculum and professional learning, and Wendy Mungillo will replace Sarah Brown as chief of human resources.
“We are truly blessed to have a talented team of professional educators serving in leadership roles in our schools and school support departments,” said Superintendent Cynthia Saunders. “While it is sad to say goodbye to dedicated educators like Rosa Faison, David Marshall, and Mike Rio — who have devoted their careers to the children of Manatee County — we are excited about the opportunities that lay before us as we move forward together.”
Here’s background information on the employees who will be filling the open positions and those retiring, provided by the Manatee County School District in a press release:
Manatee school district administrative changes
- Principal of Southeast High School: Ginger Collins. Collins, who served as an assistant principal at Southeast from 2018-20, is currently the principal at Lee Middle School. She has been principal at Lee since July 2020. Collins replaces Rosa Faison, retiring following 38 years in education in Florida, including the last seven years as principal at Southeast. Collins has served in the district for 23 years, including as an assistant principal at Bayshore High School from 2010-18. She started her career in Manatee County as a teacher at Haile Middle and served at Palmetto High School from 2004-10.
- Principal of Witt Elementary School: Connie Dixon. Dixon is currently the principal at Williams Elementary, where she has served since 2014. She is replacing David Marshall, retiring after 40 years of service in the district. Dixon started her career in Manatee County as a teacher at Moody Elementary and she taught at Braden River Elementary from 2002-09. She then served as an assistant principal at Willis Elementary from 2009-14.
District Administrative Changes
- Executive Director of Curriculum and Professional Learning: Dr. Laurie Breslin. Breslin serves as the district’s director of Secondary Curriculum. She replaces interim executive director of Curriculum and Professional Learning Dr. Robin Thompson. Breslin has 16 years of experience in the School District of Manatee County as a teacher and assistant principal, and she served as principal of Sarasota Middle School from 2018-21. She has a doctorate in teaching and learning from Argosy University in 2015.
- Executive Director of Elementary Education: Dr. Stephanie Callaway. Callaway serves as the district’s director of Elementary Curriculum. She replaces Mike Rio, retiring after 38 years of service with the district. Callaway served 22 years in Marion County Schools as a teacher, dean, assistant principal and principal before coming to Manatee County in 2021. She has a doctorate in philosophy of education from Walden University.
- Executive Director of Pupil Personnel Services: Dr. Robin Thompson. Thompson serves as the district’s executive director of Curriculum and Professional Learning. She is replacing Genelle Yost, retiring after 43 years in public education in Florida. Thompson began her career with the School District of Manatee County as a World Cultures History teacher at Bradenton Middle School in 1982. She worked as a reading coach and teacher and curriculum coordinator at Manatee High from 2005-12. She then became executive director of Teaching and Learning for the district in 2012 and served as director of Early Learning from 2013-21. Thompson has a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Florida.
- Chief of Human Resources: Wendy Mungillo. Mungillo has been serving as the district’s director of Human Resources since July 2016. She replaces Sarah Brown as Chief of Human Resources. Mungillo has 29 years of service in the School District of Manatee County as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and district administrator. She spent seven years as an assistant principal in Manatee County and served as a Title I school principal. She holds the professional human resources certification and is the current Workforce Readiness Committee Chair for the Sarasota-Manatee Human Resources Association. She has her master’s in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.