Leaving school job, but not students

Vickie Presley retires after 36 years in Volusia district

BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF

Vickie Presley, area superintendent for Volusia County Schools, retired on Jan. 5 after 36 years of service to the district. While she’ll be giving up her administrative position, Presley still plans to “serve our community and work with young people. ‘’

Vickie Presley shares expressions at her retirement celebration last month.(COURTESY OF VICKIE PRESLEY)
Vickie Presley shares expressions at her retirement celebration last month.
(COURTESY OF VICKIE PRESLEY)

She retires after a storied career in education that began in 1980 at Campbell Junior High School.

Presley started out as an English teacher at the school that year. She was hired by the late Earl C. McCrary II, who promoted her to administrative assistant. From there, she became an assistant principal at Campbell Middle School in 1990.

Top principal
Presley later served as principal of Starke Elementary in DeLand and Galaxy Middle School in Deltona. She was appointed principal of Campbell Middle School in November 2003. During her tenure there, she was named Volusia County’s 2010 Secondary Principal of the Year.

She was at the helm of Campbell until she was appointed director of Human Resources in 2011 by Dr. Margaret Smith, former superintendent of Volusia County Schools.  In 2013, she appointed her to area superintendent, a position she held until her retirement last month.

“Do what is right by and for people’’ has been the educator’s mantra.

District honor
On Jan. 17, Presley’s family and friends celebrated her retirement at the Center for Civic Engagement on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University.

At the annual joint meeting of Phi Delta Kappa and the Volusia Association of School Administrators on Jan. 27, she was recognized by Phi Delta Kappa as the Educator of the Year and received the District Administrator of the Year Award from the Volusia Association of School Administrators.

Presley said she’s “anticipating the joy that retirement holds in store for her.’’

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