Tonight the Nassau County School Board approved the appointments of Christopher Webber as principal of Fernandina Beach High School and Yvon Joinville as principal of Yulee High School for the 2020 – 2021 school year. Mr. Webber will be replacing Dr. John Mazzella, who is retiring after a long and esteemed career as an administrator in Nassau County. Mr. Joinville will be replacing Mrs. Natasha Drake, who has been named the district’s director of secondary education.
Webber began his educational career in the St. Johns County School District as a teacher at Switzerland Point Middle School. After 3 years in St. Johns County, Mr. Webber’s career path led him to work in both the private and public school sectors where he served as a teacher, coach and administrator. He joined the Fernandina Beach High School family in 2013 as the dean of students. In 2016, he accepted the position of assistant principal at FBHS and in 2019 he was awarded the ‘Assistant Principal of the Year’ for the Nassau County School District.
Mr. Webber’s diverse educational background has afforded him the opportunity to recognize and support the different needs and learning styles of students. His passion is working with all students to develop a successful pathway in life after high school. Mr. Webber strongly believes that with continued positive support from teachers, parents and community members, all students will have the opportunity to become a productive member of society after high school.
Mr. Webber is a 1992 graduate of Nease High school in St. Augustine, Florida. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brewton-Parker College and an Educational Specialist degree from Liberty University. In his spare time, Mr. Webber enjoys fishing and spending time with his wife and three children.
Mr. Joinville began his teaching career in Miami Dade County where he taught intensive reading to reluctant readers at Charles Drew Middle School. During his career, Mr. Joinville taught English as a Second Language to (ELL) English Language Learners. As an advocate for the inclusion model, he helped to design a curriculum map for ELL students in Duval County and provided professional development for teachers and administrators throughout the district.
With a specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, he served as assistant principal at Samuel Wolfson High School in Duval county. In 2013, Mr. Joinville accepted a position at Yulee High School as assistant principal. During this time, he pioneered a (PTO) Parent Teacher Organization as a partnership between YHS and the community. YHS PTO has hosted college fairs and has donated numerous scholarships for postsecondary endeavors since its inception. Recently, he was selected as a panelist to speak about Marzano’s Framework to graduate students in Educational Leadership at the University of North Florida. Mr. Joinville is very honored to serve as the principal of Yulee High School.
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