Coed, independent, PK3-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.

A Fond Farewell 

by Nancy L. Spencer, Head of School
At this time of year, we are preparing to celebrate our seniors as they move on to the next stage of their lives - college. I can’t wait to tell you all about our Class of 2022 in next week’s Ebytes, our last before Commencement. As we prepare to celebrate our graduating class, we also celebrate some beloved faculty and staff who are moving on to the next stage of their lives - retirement. This group of wonderful individuals has invested almost 200 years in Shorecrest altogether! Please join me in heartfelt appreciation for their many contributions to our school. 

Lori Bell retires from The Experiential School 
Mrs. Lori Bell has brought sunshine and good cheer to the Shorecrest campus since 2000. From assisting in the Lower School to The Experiential School, Mrs. Bell celebrates children as individuals and shows her love and enthusiasm for students, teammates, her job, and flamingoes - her favorite animal. Her collected rummage sale treasures delight students and brighten classrooms, just as she does with her infectious smile. Luckily, we aren’t saying a permanent goodbye to Mrs. Bell; she will be back in the fall to substitute for Ms. Roller while she is on maternity leave! See you soon, Mrs. Bell!

Traci Burke retires from Upper School 
After a 20+ year teaching career and graduating two children from Shorecrest (Kelly ‘01 and Clayton ‘07), Mrs. Traci Burke retires from the Upper School Math Department. She has taught pre-calculus, calculus, and - her personal favorite - statistics to two decades of Upper School students, while also serving as the Junior Class Sponsor, often chaperoning the prom! Her favorite part of being an educator has been the time she spends helping students one-on-one whenever the need arises. Thank you for your years of dedication, Mrs. Burke!

Sue Dattilo retires from The Learning Center 
Since 1978 Mrs. Sue Dattilo has worn many hats at Shorecrest, including Lower School teacher, counselor, and Middle School Learning Center Coordinator, as well as parent to alumni Pamela ‘86 and Jeff ‘92. For years, she has also served as a mentor to Upper School National Honor Society members who provide tutoring and support to their younger peers in after-school study hall. Known for her supportive and caring nature to colleagues and students alike, Mrs. Dattilo’s attention to detail and dedication have made a lasting impact at Shorecrest. All the best, Mrs. Dattilo!

David Hyink retires from Upper School
Mr. Hyink joined the Upper School faculty in 1979 and has taught at Shorecrest for all but one year of his teaching career. He retires from teaching general biology, honors biology and AP biology to our juniors and seniors in the Upper School (because biology is your life!) For more than 40 years Mr. Hyink has been a leader in his field, earning accolades including Outstanding Biology Teacher for the state of Florida, presenting at conferences, and contributing to the College Board and Educational Service as an AP Reader, Question Leader or Exam Leader. The Hyinks' son Jeremy graduated from Shorecrest in the Class of 2005. Three cheers for Mr. Hyink.

Susan Owen retires from Lower School
Mrs. Susan Owen’s personal motto is, “To love what you do and feel that it matters - how could anything be more fun?” Mrs. Owen retires from Shorecrest after 27 years of dedicated service to the Shorecrest Lower School. She has taught generations of Shorecrest students to “trust their brains (the boss of the body)” and do their personal best. Alex Grant ‘14 says, “Mrs. Owen has the ability to identify the specific needs of the students in her class and to handle those needs with such care and compassion.” She and her husband have three children who all graduated from Shorecrest, Daniel '99, Tara '02 and Brooke '09. Best wishes, Mrs. Owen!

Linda Wooldridge retires from Middle School 
Ms. Linda Wooldridge served as the Middle School Administrative Assistant since joining Shorecrest in 1991. She is a familiar, trusted face in the Middle School Sher and Razook Center and supports the Head of Middle School, as well as countless students, teachers and parents. Always prepared, organized, and ready to handle the most unexpected of zany situations with a smile and a great pair of shoes, Ms. Wooldridge leaves a lasting legacy in the Middle School. We will miss seeing you every morning, Mrs. Wooldridge!

Shorecrest is a strong, connected community that has benefited enormously from the decades of service from educators such as Lori, Traci, Sue, Dave, Susan, and Linda. I am so grateful for them, and all of the wonderful faculty and staff who support our students and families. We will miss them and wish them well in their retirements. 

All the best, 

Shorecrest Preparatory School

5101 First Street Northeast
St Petersburg, FL 33703
Phone: (727) 522-2111  |  Fax: (727) 527-4191

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Shorecrest Preparatory School is a private, non-sectarian, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students preschool through high school, located in St. Petersburg, Florida.