Two schools get new principals

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Hammett Bowen, Liberty Middle changes announced

Two area schools will be getting new principals for the next school year. The two were among eight assignments announced last week. Superintendent George Tomyn noted all eight appointments – including four first-time principals – are “home-grown” administrators because they all graduated from Marion County public high schools.
Teresa Forsyth moves to Hammett Bowen Jr. Elementary as principal from Belleview-Santos Elementary. She is a 20-year veteran of the district, having started in 1994 as a substitute teacher of exceptional students at Oakcrest Elementary. She also taught at Osceola Middle and Wyomina Park Elementary. She became the behavior specialist there in 2001 and was named assistant principal at Wyomina Park in 2005 before moving to Belleview-Santos in 2009. Forsyth’s bachelor’s in Elementary Education comes from Saint Leo University while her master’s in Education Leadership comes from Nova Southeastern University. She graduated from North Marion High School.
Jennifer Sibbald moves to Liberty Middle as principal from her current coordinator position in the district’s K-12 Academic Services department. After graduating from Dunnellon High, Sibbald joined MCPS in 1996 as a teacher at Dunnellon High. Ten years later, she advanced to assistant principal at Belleview High, then four years ago to the same position at North Marion High. Last year, she moved to the district for her current position. Her associate degree comes from the College of Central Florida while her bachelor’s in History comes from the University of Florida. Sibbald earned her master’s in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She replaces current Principal Michelle Lewis, who is relocating out-of-state.
Long-time principal Leanna Dixon (Hammett Bowen Jr. Elementary) is retiring after working 37 years at five schools.