Forson names Kunze new principal of Nease High School


Switzerland Point Middle School Principal Lisa Kunze has been selected by St. Johns County Schools Superintendent Tim Forson to be the next principal of Allen D. Nease High School.

Kunze’s nomination will be presented to the St. Johns County School Board at its Feb. 14 meeting. She will succeed Kyle Dresback, who was recently named associate superintendent of student support services.

“Mrs. Kunze is an outstanding leader as demonstrated by the success of SPMS for more than seven years,” Forson said. “Her focus on the academic success as well as the emotional and social development of her students will serve her well at NHS and complement existing programs offered there.”

Kunze previously served as the assistant principal at Nease before joining Ponte Vedra High School as an assistant principal to help open the school. She began her career in education in Duval County as a science teacher at Mandarin High School, where she taught for seven years before becoming the assistant principal at Stanton College Preparatory School. She was later promoted to vice principal at Sandalwood High School before joining St. Johns County.

Kunze holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University and a master’s degree from the University of North Florida.

“I am very excited to return to Nease and the high school environment,” Kunze said. “By joining the team this school year, I will have the unique opportunity to observe and listen to the faculty, students and parents about the culture of the school and their goals for the future.”

The transition of Kunze and Dresback will not take place, officials said, until a new principal has been appointed for Switzerland Point. Forson will begin the process of gathering input from staff and the community within the next two weeks.