The Florida Music Education Association (FMEA) Awards Committee presented Principal Susan Seal of Treasure Coast High School (TCHS) with the 2018 FMEA Secondary Administrator of the Year Award on January 12 during the FMEA Professional Development Clinic/Conference at the Tampa Bay Convention Center. The FMEA Awards and Recognition Program is one of the more visible ways in which FMEA can recognize those who make outstanding contributions to music education throughout the state.
This prestigious award is given to a school administrator who is not a professional music educator, but who displays ardent support of the school music program. This award recognizes leadership, excellence in encouragement and promotion of music education in Florida schools. The recipient must have demonstrated significant efforts in support of music education resulting in awareness or enhancement of the school’s music program and allocation of resources. Seal has been an educator in St. Lucie County for 23 years and is entering her 11th year as an administrator in the school district. She has been recognized in the district as a teacher of the year and as an assistant principal of the year as a result of her dedication to students and teachers. During her tenure as both principal and assistant principal, the arts programs at all three of the schools she has served have thrived and grown as a result of her support.
Under Seal’s leadership, the music program at TCHS has become an important part of the school culture. She works with the guidance department to make sure that all music classes are scheduled with the same considerations and priority given to the other academic classes. The music program has the fortune of being well funded because Seal takes the needs into consideration when setting budgets. As a result, the program has an excellent inventory and has been able to build a quality music library. When special situations arise, she is always ready to look for ways “outside of the box” to help find solutions. Administrative support has also allowed for the development of dynamic relationships with the feeder schools, ultimately affecting the growth of the music programs at TCHS.
Luke Hall, TCHS band master, nominated Seal for the award. There were many who submitted letters of support singing the praises of the acclaimed principal, including School Board Members, the Superintendent and the Mayor of Port St. Lucie.