Message from Superintendent of Schools Sandra "Sam" Himmel

Superintendent Sandra "Sam" Himmel

Mission Possible! 

With a new year comes the promise of better days. The first few months of a new year allow us time to reflect and recommit to making changes that bring continued progress! I began 2022 by reflecting on the past year and feeling grateful for the many blessings in my life. Along with my family and good health, I include serving Citrus County’s students as one of those blessings.

As we continue navigating through the many unique challenges resulting from the pandemic, I am in awe of the great things we have accomplished as a district. For example, Citrus County’s students outperformed the state and national composite average on ACT and SAT assessments. Our 2021 state-wide standardized test scores surpassed the state average in Mathematics, Social Studies, Geometry, Biology, Civics, and US History. The 2021 graduating cohort was awarded approximately $4.8 million in scholarships, including $529,909 in local scholarships and $1 million in scholarships from the Armed Forces. Our amazing staff and schools have also been recognized by state and national organizations for their significant contributions and excellence:

  • 2022 National Golden Food Service Director of the Year: Roy Pistone, Director of Food & Nutrition
  • 2021 National Project Lead the Way Teacher of the Year: Danielle Doherty-Koch, Crystal River High
  • 2021 FHSAA’s Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award: Crystal River Middle School
  • 2021 Top 5 Licensed Practical Nursing Programs in Florida: Withlacoochee Technical College
  • 2021 Cognia School of Distinction Award: Citrus High School

The success of our local education system has a direct impact on the success of our community. As our community grows, I am certain that 2022 will bring newfound successes that I look forward to celebrating together. 


Sandra “Sam” Himmel

Superintendent of Schools