SDIRC Principal of the Year Announced



Contact: Cristen Maddux

Telephone: 772-564-5527




October 31, 2018

The School District of Indian River County Announces Outstanding District Principal of the Year

SDIRC Principal of the YearVero Beach, FL, October 31, 2018 – The School District of Indian River County is proud to announce their 2019-2020 Principal of the Year, Cindy Emerson, Principal at Vero Beach Elementary.

Cindy Emerson is a graduate of the University of Florida, who joined us in the SDIRC in 2006, as an 8th grade I.B. History teacher at Sebastian River Middle School. Throughout her career in our school district, Cindy has also served as Assistant Principal at Sebastian River Middle School, taught 7th grade Civics, 8th grade Gifted, and Pre-AP U.S. History at Storm Grove Middle School, along with serving as the Social Studies department chair and Pre-AP Coordinator. Currently, Cindy leads her “TRIBE” at Vero Beach Elementary School, where she is the “Lead Learner” and inspiration for over 619 students and 100 staff members.

SDIRC Superintendent Dr. Rendell, stated, “Cindy Emerson is an inspirational leader. I am not sure that I have ever seen a leader as committed to her school community as Cindy. She has transformed Vero Beach Elementary. Her passion for her students’ success and well-being is unmatched. She is innovative and creative – always looking for ways to support her students and her teachers. She has developed strong relationships with community organizations and has brought in outside resources to enhance the learning environment at Vero Beach Elementary.”

“I’m overwhelmed with the positive support and love that I have received,” said Cindy Emerson, Principal at Vero Beach Elementary. “Our tribe has an undying passion for doing what’s best for students and I’m so humbled to get theSDIRC Principal of Year with Students opportunity to share that vibe with the entire community. We are excited to showcase the magic and innovation that is taking place at Vero beach Elementary, and I couldn’t be more proud to lead with this amazing team of educators, by my side.”

Katelyn Fiori, fourth grade teacher at Vero Beach Elementary, added, “I am extremely excited for my principal, Mrs. Emerson. She is incredibly deserving of this recognition! Cindy exudes energy and positivity. She is a passionate educator who builds exceptional capacity in her teachers to ensure the highest quality instruction for every student. The culture among the students, families, and teachers at Vero Beach Elementary is incredible! People just love being here, and that is a product of Cindy’s attention to detail and customer service. What I love most about Cindy is her belief in the tribe. She sees the best in each of us, and is tenacious in helping us reach our fullest potential.”

emerson with familySDIRC Principal of Year with FamilyAlong with her dedication to our school district, Cindy is a proud wife to Sean Emerson, and mother to her sons, Aiden who is in kindergarten at VBE, and Austin, who is a 7th grader at Sebastian River Middle School.

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