Principal's Message

  • Heather Hedman-DeVaughn, Principal

    Dear Manatee Bay Families,

    Welcome and Welcome back to a new school year. As your Principal, I count it a true honor and a privilege to once again lead this incredible school. I want you to know that year after year we have seen growth and success and we enter another school year being a proud A+ school. One of my beliefs is that  being incredible “does not just happen.”  It happens because of what exists on this campus, the BEST and BRIGHTEST willing learners, SKILLED, PASSIONATE, CARING teachers and staff, SUPER SUPPORTIVE parents, and an entire school community working TOGETHER for the same goal.

    This year we are excited to continue the excellence with our STEM Robotics Programs, High Achieving / Gifted classes, Debate, Dual Language, Digital Classes, Math and Science competitions, Night of the Arts, a wide range of interest clubs including Drama, Chess, Cooking, running and much more. Most importantly the OUTSTANDING teaching, caring, and learning that goes on every day at the Bay!

    This year we are extremely excited about running our own Aftercare program called MBE 2.0. We will provide homework support, languages, technology, fitness and fun with qualified professionals. All additional funds generated will go directly to our school to enhance our programs.

    Please know that in order for our programs to be successful, safety must be first. Please see the new safety letter on this site that explains the protocols that are in place. They include the locked gate and ID’s for ALL students. With your support, we can continue enjoying all programs in a safer environment.

    It was Walt Disney that stated, “Dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue it”. Well that being said, our theme this year is Working Together to Make Our Dreams Come True. Join us, dream with us, grow with us!!! Let’s make this the BEST school year that it could possibly be!

    Please feel free to contact me if you have a need! Your communication and feedback help to make our school the success that it is! Thanks in advance for your partnership in the BEST vocation in the world!



    Heather Hedman-DeVaughn