Laurel Hill principal: emotional health affects academic performance

Published: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 12:43 PM.

CRESTVIEW — New Laurel Hill School principal Lee Martello said she anticipates the K-12 environment and its potential, off-campus impact.

“Truly everyone in the community invests themselves in the school because that is the center of their lives,” she said. “... I want the school to be the hub of their being so that the family can grow along with the kids.”

Complementing teachers

The former Shoal River Middle School assistant principal — whom Okaloosa School District superintendent Mary Beth Jackson recruited last month for the position, with the school board’s approval — is on campus and assessing needs.

Specific curriculum changes, if any, are unknown, but the Crestview resident will implement initiatives as needed, she said.

“I'm not afraid to try new things,” Martello said. “At the end of the day, even if I'm frustrated and I have to look back and say 'OK, take a deep breath, ' I want to make sure the decisions we make are in the best interest of the child."

That also means working with Laurel Hill’s 25 teachers and support staff to complement their plans, she said.

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