Principal's Message

  • Principal Priester  

    Principal Priester  

    Mrs. Cormic Priester

    Mother, Wife, Sister and Proud School Principal


    Welcome to Remarkable Rock Island! I am your proud principal. As I begin my fifth school year as Principal of Rock Island Elementary (RIE) School, I am energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of children. Our Rock Island community aims to accomplish this by setting high academic expectations for all children and providing supportive systems to assure the needs of scholars are met. As a proud product of 33311, I see myself in each scholar and I commit the work at Rock Island to specifically develop the promising futures of those that we serve daily. Amidst the return to face-to-face instruction for all scholars, I foresee the need to return to the basics as we “Read, Rock, Write” and to acclimate our scholars and families to quality instruction and experiences that will enrich our school community.

    By setting high expectations for students, increasing parent involvement and engaging the community, it is my goal to continue the progress made over the years. Rock Island is a cornerstone of the community and has made a positive impact on the lives of scholars for more than 62 years.

    Serving the community, while we ensure all scholars receive a first-class education is a priority. Our school provides a safe, secure, and inviting environment to all stakeholders. I find that my role as your proud principal gives me an opportunity to advance the legacy of Rock Island as a premiere school where children and families are first. Rock Island is home to the "Rockets". Rockets accelerate in an upward motion and defeat the laws of gravity to blaze in to the galaxy and ultimately reach the stars. My belief is that our faculty and staff are the scientist that contribute to a successful lift off for scholars to reach their goals and dreams.

    Ten years ago, I began my career as an administrator and I take great pride in my ability to establish positive relationships with children, faculty, staff, business partners, parents, grandparents, and volunteers. My years of experience began as a classroom teacher, which led to my opportunity to being a behavior specialist, literacy coach and administrator. My experiences help me make informative decisions that are in the best interest of scholars and families.

    It is my pleasure to return to my home as an educator. I am a daughter of 33311 and a proud alumnas of Dillard High School, Bethune-Cookman University and Florida Atlantic University. As a proud product of the Rock Island community I am pleased to serve as a positive role model to scholars. My educational philosophy is grounded in the belief that every scholar can learn and succeed, if they receive consistent and positive support from a village of positive mentors in their life.

    I am a wife to a fellow product of 33311 and a mother of two amazing boys. I make every decision with my children in mind. I have an open-door policy and I am highly visible on campus for all that visit. You will see me on campus walking the halls, greeting scholars, visitors and parents. My favorite part of the day is when our scholars arrive at school.

    I respect the input and perspectives of all stakeholders to improve the learning experience for scholars. In the coming days, you will receive an invitation to attend a virtual "Meet and Greet" with our school community. I look forward to meeting all members of the Rock Island Family as we prepare for the 2021-2022 school year.

    Mrs. Priester

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    “Blast off to Proficiency and Beyond: Becoming the Best Me!”

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