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Principal – Kara Abbatello

E-mail Addresskabbatel@pasco.k12.fl.us

My name is Kara Abbatello and it is with great pleasure that I introduce myself to you as Principal of Gulf Trace Elementary!  It is truly an honor to be a part of the Gulf Trace family and community!

I come to you with over twenty years of experience as an educator, fifteen of those years as a classroom teacher in Kindergarten, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.  Although I have always felt at home in the classroom, it was my position as an Assistant Principal at Dr. Mary Giella Elementary and then at James M. Marlowe where I have been most fulfilled in my life’s work.

The elementary principalship provides me the chance to work collaboratively with teachers on a daily basis, while also remaining connected to young students learning and growing in the classroom. I firmly believe that every child can excel and that the partnership between home and school builds confidence in students to use their powers to shape their future and the future of our community.

Assistant Principal – Amy Torre

E-mail Addressamtorre@pasco.k12.fl.us

I am thrilled to join the Gulf Trace family and to work alongside Mrs. Abbatello to make this another amazing school year.  I have a passion for building relationships with students and a core belief that they are all able to reach high levels of learning. I am also committed to working closely with teachers and families as I know we all play a fundamental role in developing students to be successful. The partnership between us all allows us to make an even greater impact on student success.

On a personal note, I was raised and currently live in New Port Richey where my husband and I are raising our two young children on the same street that I grew up on! We enjoy spending time together doing outdoor activities such as camping, exploring parks and kayaking. I have been in education for twelve years at both the elementary and middle school level and come from a family of educators. In addition to being a classroom teacher, I have also served as an Instructional Trainer Coach and Digital Innovation Teacher.  As an Instructional Coach I valued the impact I was able to make on the entire school and the opportunity it gave me to know so many students that are at the heart of the work we do. This role inspired me to become an administrator. I graduated this past spring from St. Leo with my Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership and am thrilled to be continuing my journey as an educator in an administrative role.