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ANNOUNCING the Principal of St. Johns Classical Academy!

Mrs. Michelle Knapp
Michelle Knapp is a native of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Rollins College and a Master’s degree from the University of North Florida. Her career experience features strong leadership in opening school and curriculum design as well as recognition from her peers as a leader in education.

She began her teaching career at EuGene Butler Middle School in downtown Jacksonville in 1998, designing their first foreign language curriculum. She went on to teach at Ridgeview High School in Clay County, teaching all levels of Spanish including International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement classes. She became an assistant principal of curriculum at Orange Park High School in Clay County, FL, a school which at the time had over 2,700 students.

During her time at Orange Park High, Mrs. Knapp designed student programs which were implemented in other Clay County high schools. Following her time at Orange Park High, Mrs. Knapp became the inaugural Vice Principal at Oakleaf High School, participating in the construction, instructional design and operational design of the school. In 2013, she was named Clay County’s Assistant Principal of the Year and went on to become one of three finalists for the Florida Department of Education’s Florida Assistant Principal of the Year award.

Mrs. Knapp was the inaugural principal at Virtue Arts and Science Academy, an all girls, college prep, public charter school in Jacksonville, FL. While at Virtue Arts and Science Academy, Mrs. Knapp designed and implemented college prep academic curriculum, a fine arts program, and leadership and character development programs for middle and high school girls.

Mrs. Knapp is now the inaugural principal of St. Johns Classical Academy, a public charter school in Clay County, FL which will focus on classical education and college preparatory curriculum. St. Johns Classical Academy is the 17th school affiliated with Hillsdale College’s Barney Charter School Initiative.