LUTZ – Kelly King didn’t have to go far to find her new job. She already worked there.
King is one of a handful of new principals in Hillsborough County who are first-time principals. She was hired during the spring at Steinbrenner High School, where she was an assistant principal. She was at Steinbrenner when the school opened in 2009, and she also was at Freedom High School when the school opened in 2002.
King, 35, has the experience at new schools but she doesn’t plan to leave Steinbrenner for the next new opening.
“I love it at Steinbrenner and plan to be here awhile,” King said. “Being with a new school like this, or even when I helped open Freedom, you get a chance to formulate history. That’s pretty special.”
King went to school in Pasco County and then the University of Florida. She knew she wanted to be an educator and started out at King High School before moving on to Freedom. She not only enjoys teaching, she enjoys being around kids who are still trying to formulate their own lives.
“Every day I get to talk to teens and see what they are all about,” King said. “We talk about how they can make a success for themselves. It’s special to see these teens on their way to success.”
King said she is working hard to make a top-rated school even better.
“I want the best athletic program, the best grades, and I want the students here to have a sense of community service,” King said. “We want this to be the best and I like where we are.”
King is the second principal in school history, replacing Brenda Grasso, who was promoted to the role of area leadership director.
“Everyone is supportive here and we have such a great staff at Steinbrenner,” King said. “I had a great experience at Freedom and I have learned a lot at Steinbrenner. There won’t be many changes because there really isn’t that much to change. We have a great situation here.”