I have been an educator for 12 years throughout Volusia County. In 2013, I was named principal at Edgewater Public School. As principal, I led my school with a STEM focus (Science Technology Engineering and Math) and was the first elementary school in Florida to be certified by Advanc-ED in STEM. Adding Agriscience, Introduction to Computers, robotics and 3-D printing for career experiences in elementary, I was recognized as Florida’s Innovative Principal of the Year for 2017.
I also served as the principal at Holly Hill K-8 School. At both Edgewater and Holly Hill, students made gains in FSA scores, industry certifications as well as state EOC exams. This was accomplished while serving diverse populations and ensuring that all students were provided opportunities to be challenged and grow. I believe that we serve students best when we provide diverse educational paths to be college and career ready.
My undergraduate degree was earned from Warner Southern College in Organizational Management with post graduate degrees from Liberty University and Nova Southeastern University.
I have three sons, three amazing daughter-in-laws and two beautiful granddaughters who light up my life. Every day is a blessing to me that I have the opportunity to get up each day and work with wonderful students and staff.
Cara Cronk currently serves as an Assistant Principal overseeing Teaching and Learning at Matanzas High School. Mrs. Cronk graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 1995 and began her career as an educator in Palm Beach County where she taught elementary and high school and was an Exceptional Student Education (ESE) coordinator. In 2004, she relocated to Flagler County with her family and taught at Indian Trails Middle School. While there, she taught self-contained K-3 ESE and 8th grade Language Arts; she also served as the Language Arts department head, ESOL coordinator, Reading Coach, and Teacher Support Colleague. She was chosen Teacher of the Year for Indian Tails in 2011 and was the State of Florida’s runner-up Literacy Leader of the Year.
Mrs. Cronk earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from American College of Education, and in 2016, joined Matanzas High School as an assistant principal. She enjoys serving the students, staff and families of Matanzas and Flagler County.
Kenneth “Kenny” Seybold has been a resident of Flagler County since 1993. He moved here from Westchester County, New York. He began his teaching career in 1986, which included teaching stops in the South Bronx and a residential facility for students withsevere emotional handicaps in Dobbs Ferry, NY.
Kenny began teaching at Flagler Palm Coast High School as a self-contained ESE teacher in 1993. While at FPC he taught students with many different learning disabilities. In 2002 he became a Dean of Students at FPC and then moved into an Assistant Principal Position in 2004.
As Matanzas High School gets ready to celebrate its 13th year of educating Flagler County students, Kenny is proud to say he has been part of the school every step along the way. In 2005, he was named Assistant Principal of Matanzas. Kenny has also coached track, basketball, soccer and served as the Matanzas Athletic Director from 2005-2013.
He received his Bachelors Degree in 1986 from Concordia College in Bronxville, NY. He also attained a Masters Degree in Education from Pace University in 1992 and a Masters Degree in Special Education from The College of New Rochelle in 1993. With and interest in Educational Administration Kenny attended Nova Southeastern University and earned a Educational Specialist Degree in 2004.
Shawn Schmidli currently serves as an Assistant Principal overseeing state and district assessments at Matanzas High School. Mr. Schmidli graduated from the State University of New York at Cortland in 2003, and began his career as an educator in 2004 as a middle school science teacher in Osceola County, Florida. In 2005, he moved to Flagler County, where he taught Biology, Marine Biology, and Advanced Placement Biology at Matanzas High School from its inaugural year through 2010. During that time, he also served as an athletic coach, the science department chair, earned a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification in Science for Adolescence and Young Adulthood, and was named the school’s Teacher of the Year.
Shawn earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Stetson University (Deland, Fl) in May of 2010. In the fall of 2010, he began his leadership career, serving Matanzas High School as an Assistant Principal while overseeing the school’s assessment program. From 2011-spring 2017, Mr. Schmidli served as Flagler County’s Coordinator of Assessment and Director of Research and Growth. Mr. Schmidli is passionate about school improvement and is committed to helping Flagler County become “a top district” in all academic areas.