The principal intern program is a state approved comprehensive two-year internship designed to prepare select aspiring principals for the rigorous demands of the principalship. Based on the Florida Principal Leadership Standards, the program aims to build leadership capacity through an extended series of professional growth opportunities and experiences. Throughout the program, the interns are responsible for demonstrating their proficiency with the Florida Principal Leadership Standards through completing of an in-depth portfolio documenting their growth, reflection, leadership actions, and the results of their leadership. The future of Volusia County schools looks bright with these five principal intern graduates leading the way!
Virginia Freeman has served the students and families of Volusia County since 2005. She began her career with Volusia County Schools as an ESE teacher at Osteen Elementary. She also served as an intermediate teacher at Pride Elementary for many years and as an academic coach at Orange City Elementary. In 2014 she was appointed as Assistant Principal at Blue Lake Elementary and served the students, staff and community for 5 years. She was accepted into the Principal Intern program in 2018 and was appointed Principal of Forest Lake Elementary in 2019. Virginia earned her bachelor’s degree in Specific Learning Disabilities/Emotional Disturbances from Florida State University, her Master’s degree in Varying Exceptionalities from Florida State University and her Educational Specialist’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Educational Leadership from Stetson University. Virginia enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. They enjoy kayaking, boating and spending time in the Florida sunshine.
Melissa Marple began her teaching career in 1996 at Edgewater Public School where she taught as a primary teacher for 17 years. In 2013, she transferred to Osteen Elementary as the school’s academic coach. In 2014, Mrs. Marple was appointed Assistant Principal at Freedom Elementary. After three years, she was transferred to South Daytona Elementary where she served as the Assistant Principal and currently, the Principal Intern. Mrs. Marple was recently appointed Principal at Chisholm Elementary and will begin her principalship on June 1st in her hometown of New Smyrna Beach. Mrs. Marple is a graduate of New Smyrna Beach High School as well as her husband, Mike and son, Garrett. Her daughter, Gabrielle also attends New Smyrna Beach High School. Mrs. Marple is excited to be back in her hometown serving the students and families of Southeast Volusia County.
Mike Micallef is a product of Volusia County Schools and graduated from Seabreeze High School in 2000. Mike earned his Bachelors in Exceptional Student Education from UCF & Masters in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State. Mike began serving Volusia County Schools 13 years ago, seven years as a teacher and six as an administrator at all three levels. Most recently, Mike was recognized as VASA Volusia County Secondary Assistant Principal of the Year in 2019 and also recognized as the Assistant Principal of the Year for Volusia County Schools by FLDOE. Mike has been the current Data Administrator at Deltona High for the last 3 years, where they have increased to the highest performing high school in Volusia County. In addition, they have increased their graduation rate by 12% over the last 2 years. Mike recently graduated from the Principal Intern Program and was appointed to Principal of Deltona High School. Mike’s Big 4 are his pillars to student success; Informed data-driven decision making, providing equity through standards-aligned instruction, ensuring all students graduate in four years or less and preparing all student to leave Deltona High college and/or career ready. Mike’s hobbies include creating memories anywhere on the water with family and friends.
Angela Polite has proudly served Team Volusia for the past 14 years. As a school counselor, she began supporting and instructing high school students at Storefront West High School- School of Choice. After being encouraged to pursue leadership, Angela transitioned to the Administrative Teacher on Assignment roll, where she served the students, families and community of Chisholm Elementary. In 2014, Angela was appointed Assistant Principal of Spruce Creek Elementary. After two years of instructional leadership, she transitioned to Holly Hill School as the ESE Assistant Principal serving students in grades Pre-K through 8. In 2018, Angela became a Principal Intern and was then appointed Principal of Port Orange Elementary, June of 2019.
Angela is a product of Volusia county Schools, having attended, Westside Elementary, Holly hill Jr. High and Mainland high School. After graduating from Mainland High School, she studied at Florida A&M University and the University of Central Florida. She later earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Angela’s faith and family are the foundations of her life. When away from school, she enjoys traveling with her husband and two adult children.
Lonnie Tidmarsh began his teaching career in 2004 at Blue Lake Elementary. He served as a kindergarten, second grade, and fourth grade teacher at Blue Lake Elementary before being appointed as the Assistant Principal at Timbercrest Elementary in 2012. After five years as the Assistant Principal at Timbercrest Elementary, he was appointed Principal Intern at Pride Elementary. In June, 2019, Lonnie was promoted to Principal of Timbercrest Elementary. Lonnie earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Stetson University, and he earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Trident University. Lonnie, a 2000 graduate from DeLand High School, is proud of his ties to the local community. He enjoys spending time with his family and attending college sporting events whenever he has the opportunity.