Tracy McLaughlin, the current principal of Ridgeview Elementary School, will lead Discovery Oaks Elementary, which will open in the fall. McLaughlin is an experienced and talented administrator with over 25 years of educational service. She has spent the last 11 years serving Clay County in various administrative positions. In her most recent principal assignment, McLaughlin led Ridgeview Elementary to an “A” school status and achieved the highest learning gains in the district. Through her leadership and dedication, she was honored as Clay County’s Principal of the Year for 2017. She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from University of Maine. McLaughlin has resided in Clay County since 2006 with her husband and two children, who both attended Clay County schools.
"I am truly honored to be selected as the new Principal of Discovery Oaks Elementary. It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I begin this new and exciting "Voyage,” said McLaughlin.
Due to McLaughlin transitioning to Discovery Oaks Elementary, Davis named Heather Roche as the new Principal of Ridgeview Elementary School. Roche, a graduate of the University of Florida, began her teaching career in Central Florida before moving to Clay County in 2006. She has served in public education for the last 16 years in the capacity of ELA and Intensive Reading Teacher, Reading Coach, Intervention Coach, Assistant Principal at Tynes Elementary and mostly recently, Coppergate Elementary. Professionally, Roche has firm belief in educating the whole child, along with the desire to motivate and reach all learners.
"I’m excited to continue the exceptional work that has preceded my arrival at Ridgeview Elementary. I am cognizant of the fact that Ridgeview had some of the greatest learning gains in the State of Florida, and I am honored to have been chosen to elevate Ridgeview to even higher levels of student achievement. I believe my twelve years in Clay County Schools as a teacher, reading coach, and assistant principal have prepared me for this unique and exciting opportunity,” said Roche.
“As Superintendent, I am excited about both leaders and their next steps to positively impact our great community. These are proven educational leaders who have the ability and skillset to improve teaching and learning. I look forward to their transitions and how they will grow professionally in these new positions,” said Davis.