Effective July 1, Bridget McCoy will assume the principal’s duties at Progress South Elementary School. McCoy, who has been with Fort Zumwalt for the past seven years, has served as a special education teacher and a first grade teacher. Most recently, she has served as the assistant principal at St. Peters Elementary School. McCoy is looking forward to learning more about the traditions and connections that make Progress South such a strong school community.
“A focus of mine will be to build relationships with students, staff, and families,” she says. “I can’t wait to meet them and build relationships with them to make this the best school year!”
When she’s not at school or reading, McCoy gets outside with her family to play at the playground or the pool. She also makes time to get in the kitchen to do some cooking. “Food equals love and comfort,” she says. “It is something that is fun to do with my daughter and provides time for us to learn new things and try new foods together.
“We eat together as a family and it provides us quality time for conversation together. In addition, my daughter loves to help make the food with me in the kitchen and we've made so many great memories together.”
McCoy replaces Dr. Amy Neill, who served as the school’s principal the past four years. Neill is moving into a district role, Human Resources Director, effective July 1.
“For the past three years, all of my doctoral work was directly focused on supporting new teachers as they enter education for their first year and then creating a climate that supported new teachers throughout their first five years,” Neill says. “I am looking forward to building more connections all across FZSD and to helping streamline staff hiring across the district.”