Flagler Schools' 2023 Principal of the Year Marcus Sanfilippo and Assistant Principal of the Year Donelle Evensen will both have new roles when the 2023-24 school year begins on Aug. 10.
Sanfilippo, the principal at Bunnell Elementary School, will move to the district office as coordinator of special projects. Evensen, an assistant principal at Bunnell Elementary, will become the school's new principal.
Interim Superintendent LaShakia Moore announced both moves on Friday, July 28, in a press release.
I have made some great friends at Bunnell Elementary School over the past seven years. But I am excited to take what I’ve learned here and have the chance to touch all our schools in the district.” — MARCUS SANFILIPPO
Sanfilippo takes over a district position that has been unfilled for a few years, said Jason Wheeler, the district's coordinator of communications. Sanfilippo will serve as a liaison between a variety of instructional departments, school leaders and the community, the press release said.
“Marcus has been a mentor and valued colleague to so many people within Flagler Schools that it just makes sense for us to tap into his knowledge and have him share it with all our campuses,” Moore said.
Sanfilippo has been the principal at BES since 2016.
“I have made some great friends at Bunnell Elementary School over the past seven years. But I am excited to take what I’ve learned here and have the chance to touch all our schools in the district,” he said.
Wheeler said both moves must be approved by the School Board. But staffing changes are normally on the board's consent agenda, and approval is usually a formality.
Evensen, who was also the district's Teacher of the Year in 2019 when she taught at Rymfire Elementary School, has been an assistant principal at BES for four years.
“I am humbled,” she said. “The last four years here have been a growing experience for me. We have accomplished so much as a team. I’m excited to be able to stay here, and I’m excited to see a lot of plans we’ve started to put into place here at Bunnell come to fruition for our students, families and staff.”
Moore said Evensen had been a candidate previously for a principal opening.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Donelle and watching her grow as an educator and a leader,” Moore said. “She was a very strong candidate for a previous open principalship in our district, so I am confident she is ready to take on the role of principal at BES.”
Sanfilippo and Evensen will work through a transition period before the start of the school year, according to the press release.