Meet the FLVS Flex Elementary Principal

We are celebrating the 2016-17 school year with a blog series featuring FLVS faculty and staff. Meet the creative and dedicated individuals who make every day a great day at FLVS!

meet-an-flvs-elementary-principalDid you know that FLVS has a new FLVS Flex elementary program for grades Kindergarten – Grade 5?

It’s true! The program is even up for an award for its innovative online “Class Time.” (Vote for us on Facebook here through Oct. 31!)

Leading this innovative program is Sarah Sprinkel who serves as its principal and biggest cheerleader. She was one of the program developers working with a team of FLVS administrators, curriculum specialists, school counselors, and teachers to create a virtual education experience that personalizes online elementary curriculum for each and every student enrolled.

Sarah brings her years of experience inspiring elementary school students as a classroom teacher as well as working with school districts on their policies and government relations to enhance early childhood education. As FLVS Elementary program principal, she uses her diverse leadership experiences to ensure the school is exceeding the expectations for the students. Sarah works closely with her dedicated staff of instructors, support staff, and advisors looking forward to expanding the virtual program.

I am honored to share with you my interview with Sarah Sprinkel.

sprinkelWhat brought you into the field of education?

I never thought about doing anything else. I was always good with children and believed the way I could make a positive difference in the world would be through serving children.

Who inspires you?

I am inspired by public service servants, my mother who at age 95 never says a negative thing about anyone, and children always inspire me! I love the honesty and often innocence young children portray.

What do you enjoy most about being the FLVS Elementary Principal?

I love to watch students learn and believe everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed. Our teachers make sure our children are successful and we have more success as a result of our devoted teachers. They find a way and never give up.

What are the best three things you think you’ve done since you’ve become a principal with FLVS?

1)  Hired fabulous people – teachers, instructional leaders, lead teachers,  administrative support – everyone has been fantastic – I don’t do anything alone – we very much work as a team.

2)  Built a strong team that works together for students and works with other teams to make sure we have everything our children require.

3)  Created a model program designed around how students learn using Class Time as the centerpiece of all elementary learning. I believe our teachers are our greatest asset and my role is to encourage them and get out of their way to accomplish all that is good in education for children.

I really believe our children are our future and I’m thrilled at what our children accomplish and how they treat each other. I am very positive about the future of our FLVS and our world.

How do you like to relax after a long day of supporting students and teachers?

I start my day swimming and end it in the garden, reading, or perhaps playing golf on weekends. I admit I take a bubble bath every night and don’t apologize for using hot water.

Why not ask your teacher(s) one of the 5 questions?

Get to know the instructor who is working for your success!


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Update as of 1/2018: Sarah Sprinkel now serves as the Director of Elementary Program Development

Dr. Jeanne GiardinoDr. Jeanne Giardino, FLVS instructor, has a true passion for all things literacy. She enjoys the collaborative process in promoting reading in all aspects of virtual education. Having held a variety of positions with FLVS since 2006, she brings a global perspective to her current position. After 20 years in the field of education, she maintains a wealth of literacy knowledge and enthusiasm for student success.

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