Superintendent – Dr. Jon R. Prince
Telephone: (772) 429-3925
Fax: (772) 429-3916
Superintendent – Dr. Jon R. Prince
Dr. Jon R. Prince was appointed Superintendent in July 2022. Dr. Prince grew up in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Elementary Education. After a year of teaching elementary school, Dr. Prince moved to Palm Beach County and taught middle school science. He completed his Specialist’s Degree and Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University in 2002.
Recognized for his efforts to support positive school change, Dr. Prince worked as an assistant principal in urban and failing schools in both middle and high school. In 2003, he was appointed Principal at Verde Elementary in Boca Raton, Florida. In 2004, he was selected as the Principal for Palm Beach Gardens High School, a large, failing urban school in Palm Beach County, Florida. In 2005, the school emerged a “B,” and Dr. Prince was recognized by the State as one of the Turnaround Principals of the Year. Dr. Prince continued working with struggling schools in Palm Beach County – primarily in Hispanic, African American, and Haitian communities. All these schools showed improved academic student achievement and increased graduation rates through 2013.
In 2013, Dr. Prince accepted a position as Principal of Colonial High School in Orange County, Florida. At the time, Colonial High was one of the largest comprehensive high schools in Florida. In his first year at the school, Colonial High School had the largest gains in writing on the FCAT, improving proficiency from 36% to 70%, the largest improvement in the State. The school also improved from a C-rated school to a B-rated school, having some of the largest gains in achievement in Orange County schools. In his two years as principal, Dr. Prince increased the graduation rate from 80% in 2013 to 90% in 2015, an impressive achievement in such a short time.
In the summer of 2015, Dr. Prince accepted the position of Deputy Superintendent of St. Lucie Public Schools. He has assisted with orchestrating the Superintendent’s vision of accountability, high standards and rigor in our public schools. In six years, the District has soared from 45th to 28th in overall academic performance, while ranking as high as 22nd out of 67 districts as recently as 2018. In addition, SLPS ranks in the top 10 in the State for graduation rate, improving from 75% to 95% over the last 6 years. St. Lucie Public Schools is one of only 4 districts in Florida to maintain a graduation rate of over 90% for 5 consecutive years.
Dr. Prince resides with his wife, Heather and their youngest child Meredith, who is enrolled in St. Lucie Public Schools. His older children, Maverick, Zoe and AshLee, are either enrolled at or graduated from the University of Florida, Florida State University and the University of Central Florida, respectively. Dr. Prince is a proud advocate for public education, believing that equity and access to accelerated coursework will create a thriving community in St. Lucie County.
Deputy Superintendent – Dr. Helen Wild
Telephone (772) 429-3900
Fax (772) 429-3907
Dr. Helen Wild was appointed Deputy Superintendent for St. Lucie Public Schools (SLPS) in July 2022. Dr. Wild has proudly served the students of SLPS for 33 years as a teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent. She served in her previous role as Chief Academic Officer for seven years, during which time she and her team faced unique challenges due to the Pandemic. Despite those challenges, her belief that the Pandemic was an opportunity for success enabled SLPS to reach new heights of innovation and achievement. Dr. Wild has also enjoyed teaching future leaders at Florida Atlantic University and helped establish a unique partnership for leadership tracking and development with a grant from the Wallace Foundation. Through these roles, she has worked at all levels, from preschool through graduate school, and marveled at the talents and dedication of educators.
Dr. Wild earned her bachelor’s degree from State University of New York in Albany, NY before moving to Florida. She pursued her Master’s in Counselor Education and earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University.
One of her career highlights was having the opportunity to open a new high school designed in 2006 where she served as Principal for six years. Treasure Coast High School became a model for other schools and districts with a focus on small learning communities and culture.
Dr. Wild is proud of the many accomplishments the School District enjoyed under her leadership as Chief Academic Officer. The District boasts soaring and historic graduation rates, offers robust and diverse Career and Technical Education programs and supports teaching in learning in unique and creative ways. Furthermore, SLPS has obtained many multi-million-dollar grants that have supported positive change across the District. One of the notable grants that was recently obtained was the Magnet Schools Assistance Program which netted SLPS $14 million to revitalize three schools in the northern part of the county. The Creative Arts Academy of St. Lucie, Samuel S. Gaines Academy of Emerging Technology and Fort Pierce Westwood Academy: The WEST Prep Magnet are now thriving magnet schools all of which offer premier science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics courses. Another groundbreaking program, S.W.E.L.L., has allowed SLPS to provide for 75 teachers to earn their Masters in Counselor Education, filling a vital shortage area to support college and career advisement and mental health services for students. Dr. Wild helped to develop the concept, establish a new partnership with FAU and secure a competitive federal grant to make it possible.
Dr. Helen Wild also serves as the Chief Negotiator for contract negotiations with three SLPS Bargaining Units. Through Collaborative Bargaining, the teams have settled their contract early for many consecutive years and focused on problem-solving through mutual respect.
Dr. Wild resides with her supportive husband Ray and is the proud mother of two daughters, Morgan and Allison and a stepson, Morgan. She is a proud “Nana” to her two grandchildren Cooper and Nolan.