The Valdosta Daily Times
Francisco Diaz has been named the new principal of W.G. Nunn Elementary School. Diaz has more than 11 years of experience in education. He began his career as a life science teacher at Valdosta Middle School in 2005. He spent four years there and served as a Point Team, Leadership Team, and Staff Council member, Science Olympiad Coach and Tennis coach. While there he was also named VMS Teacher of the Month, VMS Teacher of the Year and a Georgia Science Teacher Association “Teacher of Promise”. In August of 2009, Diaz was promoted to assistant principal of S.L. Mason Elementary School. As the assistant principal he served as the instructional leader for third through fifth grades and as the school facilitator for the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support among numerous other duties.
Diaz attended Valdosta State University where he received his Bachelors of Science in Biology in 2002. He also earned a Master’s of Science in Biology from Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville in 2006. In 2008 he obtained an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Valdosta State University. Mr. Diaz has certification in Biology, Middle Grades Science and Educational Leadership.
During his time in school he received many outstanding honors and awards. He received the Valdosta State University College of Education Most Outstanding ACT Student Award in 2007. While at Georgia College and State University in 2004 he was awarded with their Volunteer Award. In 2000, while at Valdosta State University he was honored with the Student of the Year award. As a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at VSU, he was also honored with many outstanding achievements including being named Brother of the Year two years in a row and VSU’s Inter Fraternity Council New Member of the Year in 1999.
“With experience in programs such as school finance, staff development, Title I and II, school safety, special education, positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS), response to intervention (RTI), and core academic instruction, I feel that I can be an effective instructional leader at W.G. Nunn Elementary School. My philosophy is that all students can learn given a positive learning environment that welcomes exploration and enhances student confidence. I also enjoy working with teachers, parents, students, and stakeholders and believe it is my responsibility to create meaningful interactions with all,” said Diaz.
Mr. Diaz will replace Mr. Gary Mims who will retire at the end of this school year after more than 25 years at W.G. Nunn Elementary School.