Flagler Schools Announce Principal, Assistant Principal of the Year

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 1:16pm

Flagler Schools Superintendent announces Mr. Ben Osypian, Old Kings Elementary School as the 2017-18 Flagler Schools Principal of the Year and Mrs. Katherine Crooke, Indian Trails Middle School as Flagler Schools Assistant Principal of the Year. Both are now eligible for state honors.

“In both Ben and Katie, I find them to be innovative leaders who strive every day to help students, teachers, and staff succeed and reach their full potential,” says Mr. Tager. “We expect great things from both of them in the years to come and that can only help our district.”

Mr. Osypian has been Principal at Old Kings Elementary since 2015. He is a 2004 graduate of SUNY Cortland and began his teaching career in Osceola County. In 2008, Mr. Osypian earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Stetson University. That same year he transitioned into school leadership, becoming an assistant principal at Hickory Tree Elementary School in Osceola County. Four years later he was named principal at Thacker Avenue Elementary, also in Osceola County.

On being named Flagler Schools Principal of the Year, Mr. ‘O’ says “This is just a tribute to the staff we have here at Old Kings Elementary School and the hard work our teachers, staff, students, and administrators do every day. It’s just a proud day to be at Old Kings.”

Ben Osypian is married to a fellow educator and the couple have two children.

Katherine Crooke has worked with Flagler Schools since June of 2008, serving first as a math and science teacher, then a teacher support colleague before being tapped as an assistant principal in 2016. Prior to coming to Flagler Schools, Katie was a teacher at Mayport Middle School in Duval County for three years.

“I can’t take this all on my own. I wouldn’t be here, doing what I do without the support from all of the staff here at Indian Trails. Without them, the teachers and staff here and at the district, they make me who I am.  Of course we all do this not for the awards, but for the kids,” says Mrs. Crooke.

Mrs. Crooke is a 2005 graduate of the University of North Florida. She earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in 2013. She is married and has two children.

Flagler Schools also thanks “Edible Arrangements” for providing gifts for both Mr. Osypian and Mrs. Crooke.