New Principal named at Celeste Henkel Elementary School


Following Board approval on Monday night at a regularly scheduled board meeting, Mr. Frank Saraco was named the new principal at Celeste Henkel Elementary. Mr. Saraco currently serves as an assistant principal at Lakeshore Elementary in Mooresville, and will move into the principalship at Celeste Henkel effective June 1, 2020.

After a thorough interview process with over 40 qualified candidates, Mr. Saraco was unanimously deemed the best fit to lead Celeste Henkel. Saraco will follow the excellent leadership of Mrs. Keeley Ward, who has accepted the principalship at Union Grove Elementary School.

Mr. Saraco is a veteran public school educator. He has been a member of the I-SS staff since 2016 as an instructional facilitator and an assistant principal Prior to his arrival in I-SS, he served as a first and third grade teacher in the Mooresville Graded School District. He also taught multiple primary grade levels in Florida, and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida. He has experience teaching abroad in Australia from 2002-2005. Mr. Saraco has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

“I am thrilled to join the staff at Celeste Henkel as Principal, and look forward to creative collaboration, focused on educating the whole child. I believe the students are our most valuable stakeholders, and we must do everything possible to provide the best educational practices so that they can all thrive and grow into successful contributors to our future society.”

Frank Saraco is an award winning author, having published five books for young readers, and he brings a wealth of elementary curriculum knowledge to his new position. “Mr. Saraco is a veteran educator who is totally committed to children and teachers,” stated Superintendent Brady Johnson. “His work is more than a job to him – it is his passion. I can best describe him as a forward thinker, confidently creative and intrinsically motivated. Mr. Saraco is a collaborative leader who models his commitment to continuous improvement and growth for all students.”

A meet-and-greet activity will be scheduled at the school in the coming months The event will give parents and students an opportunity to meet their new principal.

Author: Staff Writer