Principal's Message

  • Dear Coconut Palm Families, Friends and Community,


    Welcome back to school year 2022-2023!

    I am so excited to once again embark on a new journey together with you as Principal of Coconut Palm Elementary. What an honor to serve our faculty, staff and students! We are ready to continue the great work we accomplished last year. All our South Area schools are dedicated to academic excellence, but more importantly, to children. Over the past 30 years, I’ve proudly held many positions in this district, but consider my most important job to be that of a child advocate. I will spend alot of time with your children, getting to know their personalities, learning styles and interests. I plan to celebrate successes, small and large. I will also encourage them every day and let them know they are valued and have a special place in our school and community.

    Our amazing Assistant Principal Ms. Stephanie Reyes and I stand together and ready to take on this new journey with your children and look forward to the work we will do together this year. We are excited to see your children through your eyes and cannot wait to share with you the great things they’ll do throughout their days here at Coconut Palm. And of course, I will be here to work with you should they need any help navigating any aspect of the school day.

    Our faculty and staff are highly qualified and committed to serving ALL students and families. Our school's vision for the 2022 – 2023 school year is clear: “Deliver a high-quality education to ALL students, centered around the Florida’s B.E.S.T Standards in every classroom, every day. As well as providing a safe and inclusive classroom culture that is conducive to student success”. This is what’s expected of everyone at CPE! We are all committed to this goal and look forward to celebrating our successes with you. Our school-wide theme this year is “Get in the Game!”

    Healthy children learn best! As such, my goal is to ensure that all children are healthy, happy, safe, and ready to learn. The Covid-19 Pandemic has created many challenges for everyone, especially our students. Achievement gaps have grown over the last three years, setting our children back. However, I proudly report that many of these learning gaps have now been closed thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff. As Principal, I feel confident in my ability to lead us out of all these challenges. I trust in my staff and the trainings and experiences gained in our district. However, my greatest achievement comes not only professionally but personally, as I am a proud husband and father of three amazing children. Please know that I will work tirelessly to ensure all your scholars have the best possible experiences at Coconut Palm as well.

    Close collaboration between school and home is essential for the success of our students. We encourage parents to review the information provided in our school’s website at and teacher communication apps to gain familiarity of school policies, procedures and services that are available at our school. We also encourage our parents to visit our school and attend scheduled meetings. Mutual benefits build when there is meaningful exchange of information between home and school. PTA, School Advisory Council and School Advisory Forum are always actively looking for parent participants. I urge you to join and support PTA in whatever manner your schedule allows. The annual membership fee is just $10. Your child will benefit!

    Once again, I am so thankful to have the opportunity to bring all my experiences to your wonderful community. I look forward to getting to know each of you and your children. I will be working most days this summer to ensure for a smooth transition and opening in August. Please stop by to say hello anytime. I have an open-door policy. Open House is scheduled for August 12 at 5:00 PM for grades K,1, 2 and 6:30-7:30 for Grades 3-5.

    I look forward to meeting you soon.

    Warm Regards,


    Coconut Palm Principal