Lake names Assistant Principal of the Year

Deborah Hartog, assistant principal of Triangle Elementary School, has been named Lake County’s Assistant Principal of the Year.

From left, Lake County School Board Chairman Sandy Gamble, Superintendent Diane Kornegay, Assistant Principal of the Year Deborah Hartog, School Board member Stephanie Luke and Triangle Elementary Principal Marlene Straughan celebrate the award.

The announcement was made Tuesday with a surprise visit from Superintendent Diane Kornegay, School Board Chairman Sandy Gamble, and School Board member Stephanie Luke.

Hartog now qualifies to be considered for the statewide 2020 Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award. The program recognizes exemplary assistant principals for their contributions to their schools and communities. It honors assistant principals who have used teamwork and leadership skills to increase student performance, promote safe learning environments and establish partnerships with parents and community members.

Hartog was noted for her “instructional leadership, help in building capacity in others and setting an example for others,” reads of the peer nominations.

Hartog began her Lake County Schools career in 1990 at Altoona School. She later taught at Spring Creek Charter, Round Lake Charter and Eustis Elementary. She was appointed instructional dean at Triangle Elementary in 2014 and was named Assistant Principal in 2015.

Linda Shepherd-Miller of Lake Minneola High School was named Principal of the Year in a surprise announcement yesterday.