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School Board recognizes Leesburg High principal, Tavares Elementary as state achievement nominees

The Lake County School Board recognized at its meeting Monday evening the District’s nominees for the Florida Department of Education’s (FLDOE) Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership and Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award.

School Board recognizes Leesburg High principal Congratulations were extended to Leesburg High Principal Bill Miller, who is the recipient of the Lake County Schools Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership for 2012-13, and Tavares Elementary Assistant Principal Leah Fischer, who is the recipient of the Lake County Schools 2012-13 Outstanding Assistant Principal Award.

The awards recognize exemplary individuals, who spearhead initiatives to increase student performance, promote safe learning environments and establish partnerships with parents and community members. In honor of their selections, Miller and Fisher attended the Commissioner’s Summit, hosted by FLDOE, on Feb. 11 in Orlando.

Bill Miller has been an administrator for Lake County Schools since 1992 serving as an administrative dean (Eustis High), assistant principal (Carver Middle), and principal of Eustis High, Umatilla Middle and Leesburg High. He has been the recipient of several awards including: Middle School Reading Leader of the Year and a Florida Department of Education Regional Finalist in 2009; and The Superintendent’s Achievement Award for improving student performance. He was also the first principal in Lake County to achieve a Reading Endorsement.

“Board members and Lake County Schools I appreciate everything you have done for us,” Miller said.

Leah Fischer began her career in education as she started teaching 3rd grade at Triangle Elementary in 1989. She later became a Program Specialist at the Learning Resource Center for Lake County Schools in 2005. She entered administration in 2007 as an Assistant Principal II at Umatilla High School and in 2010 became an Assistant Principal I at Tavares Elementary where she presently serves. Fischer was instrumental in helping her school achieve the Golden School Award for 2 years; The Five Star School Award for 2012; and the Superintendent Reading Recognition Award for 2011 and 2012. She was awarded the Florida Recognition Award for Innovation and Commitment to achieving higher academic performance for all students.

“As an educator I try my very best to pop every single day because we need to be there for the students and we need to make it an exciting place for them to learn and a safe place for them to be,” Fischer said. “Thank you to everybody that helps us to do that.”