Two North Escambia Area Administrators Named Tops In School District

October 23, 2017

Two North Escambia area principals have received top honors as principal and assistant principal of the year for the Escambia County School District.

Principal of the Year

The Escambia County School District’s outstanding Principal of the Year is Susan Sanders, principal of R. C. Lipscomb Elementary School.

A graduate of Tate High School, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education and a master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of West Florida. She taught at Oakcrest and Beulah elementary schools. She became an assistant principal while at Beulah and then served as assistant principal at R. C. Lipscomb Elementary before becoming the principal in 2012.

Susan Sanders is married to Kevin Sanders, who is also an educator in Escambia County School District. They have two sons, Kevin and Tyler.

During her tenure as principal at R. C. Lipscomb, Sanders has provided outstanding leadership for the faculty, staff, and students. She is passionate about the work she does at her school and maintains a strong focus on data-driven instruction.

This past year the school earned a school grade of “A”. Sanders will tell you it is a combination of student effort along with the ability of her staff to provide highly effective instruction. Her staff, however, believe her leadership is a direct influence on the success at the school.

Assistant Principal of the Year

Ransom Middle School Assistant Principal Sandra Ames has been selected as the Escambia County School District’s Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year.

Ames is s graduate of Escambia High School. Ames graduated from the University of West Florida Magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English Education. She started her career as a teacher assistant at Pine Forest High School. The next year she became a language arts teacher. She taught language arts at Pine Forest High School  for over 20 years, impacting the lives of many Escambia County students.

She started  her administrative journey as a dean at Pine Forest and then served as assistant principal at Brown Barge Middle School, Principal at Brown Barge Middle and Assistant Principal at Ransom Middle School. Ames is married to Scott Ames, who is an agriscience teacher at Ransom. The Ames have three children, who are all graduates of West Florida High School.

Pictured: Superintendent Malcolm Thomas with Principal of the Year Susan Sanders (top) and Assistant Principal of the Year Sandra Ames. Courtesy photos for, click to enlarge.


2 Responses to “Two North Escambia Area Administrators Named Tops In School District”

  1. anne 1of2 on October 23rd, 2017 9:48 am

    I admire everyone who teaches children and those who hold it all together as these ladies do. Congratulations!

  2. northofI10 on October 23rd, 2017 7:38 am

    Congrats to both but especially to Sandy Ames on a well deserved award. Worked with her at PFHS and RMS and she is a class act that was always fair and consistent when dealing with students. Class act and recognition is long overdue!

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