Key West High School Welcomes New Principal by: Jessica Nitti

Key West High School welcomed Christina McPherson as their newest principal for the 2020-2021 school year. McPherson is entering her twenty seventh year in the Monroe County School District, where she has worked as a teacher, activities director, and principal. 

McPherson started her career as a teacher at Key West High School. She was then promoted to principal at Poinciana Elementary School where she stayed for three years. She then went on to become principal at Horace O’Bryant where she stayed for another four years. When the principal position opened upon Mrs. Acevedo’s retirement, McPherson felt compelled to return to what she calls her “Key West High School family.” It is important to her to be able to share the passion she has for impacting the lives of youth in our community. 

The biggest challenge McPherson will face this year is the reopening of schools in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. Students will be attending live classes using an alternating A/B schedule and this will present many logistical challenges. She wants to assure families and students that the school will do everything in their ability to make sure this is a safe, clean, and healthy environment. “Safety is the most important issue right now for everyone’s health,” explained McPherson.  

One thing McPherson wants to focus on this year is restoring extracurricular activities, clubs, and athletics. Mcpherson said, “all of the things that bring joy to students and what they appreciate the most, which is the memories that they create throughout their high school career.” Most of all, she is excited to welcome back all the students to campus, especially the seniors. “I can’t wait to have a great final year with them,” said McPherson. 

Once the health department and the City of Key West has assured the school district that they can start to resume more activities, Mcpherson hopes to be able to schedule school dances. “I want to do more activities to bring in students and the spirit of happiness and fun. We have gone through several months of students being isolated so I want to bring back the joy of attending school and increase the number of school events for our students,” stated Mcpherson. 

Mcpherson is excited for this great year ahead and hopes to be at as many events as she can. She will have an open door policy and will always welcome students to stop by her office.

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