Kelly King, Steinbrenner High’s assistant principal for curriculum, has been named to fill a vacancy created by the promotion of the schools’ first and only principal, Brenda Grasso.
King’s appointment, recommended by Lewis A. Brinson, assistant superintendent of Hillsborough County Schools, unanimously was approved Tuesday by the Hillsborough County School Board.
Her promotion takes effect Monday, but King was named acting principal last month to fill the vacancy created by Grasso’s promotion to a district leadership post for the school system. Grasso had held the top spot at Steinbrenner High since four months before the school’s August 2009 opening.
King also has been at Steinbrenner since its opening, as assistant principal for curriculum.
The 35-year-old Florida native began her education career in Hillsborough County. Before moving to Steinbrenner, she was assistant principal for student affairs at Freedom High in New Tampa, 2005-08. Prior to that, she was a teacher during that New Tampa school’s first three years. She began her career as a teacher at King High School in Temple Terrace in 2001.
Being a faculty member for the opening year of two high schools was a unique opportunity, and this most recent promotion is ideal, she said. “I think it’s the best case scenario for me, having been here from the beginning, then getting the opportunity to be the principal,” she said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better situation.”
She said she plans to stay the course at Steinbrenner.
“We have such a great school and a supportive community, there’s no need for any drastic change,” she said. “I think the biggest challenge is maintaining the instructional focus and keeping us on the right path.”