Dr. Jon Prince grew up in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Elementary Education. After a year of teaching elementary school, Dr. Prince moved to Palm Beach County and taught middle school science. He completed his Specialist’s Degree and Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University in 2002.

Recognized for his efforts to support positive school change, Dr. Prince worked as an assistant principal in urban and failing schools in both middle and high school. In 2003, he was appointed Principal at Verde Elementary in Boca Raton, Florida. In 2004, he was selected as the Principal for Palm Beach Gardens High School, a large, failing urban school in Palm Beach County, Florida. In 2005, the school emerged a “B,” and Dr. Prince was recognized by the State as one of the Turnaround Principals of the Year.  Dr. Prince continued working with struggling schools in Palm Beach County – primarily in Hispanic, African American, and Haitian communities.  All these schools showed improved academic student achievement and increased graduation rates through 2013.

In 2013, Dr. Prince accepted a position as Principal of Colonial High School in Orange County, Florida.  At the time, Colonial High was one of the largest comprehensive high schools in Florida.  In his first year at the school, Colonial High School had the largest gains in writing on the FCAT, improving proficiency from 36% to 70%, the largest improvement in the State.  The school also improved from a C-rated school to a B-rated school, having some of the largest gains in achievement in Orange County schools.  In his two years as principal, Dr. Prince increased the graduation rate from 80% in 2013 to 90% in 2015, an impressive achievement in such a short time.

In the summer of 2015, Dr. Prince accepted the position of Deputy Superintendent of St. Lucie Public Schools. He has assisted with orchestrating the Superintendent’s vision of accountability, high standards and rigor in our public schools. In six years, the District has soared from 45th to 28th in overall academic performance, while ranking as high as 22nd out of 67 districts as recently as 2018.  In addition, SLPS ranks in the top 10 in the State for graduation rate, improving from 75% to 95% over the last 6 years.  St. Lucie Public Schools is one of only 4 districts in Florida to maintain a graduation rate of over 90% for 5 consecutive years.

Dr. Prince resides with his wife, Heather and their youngest child Meredith, who is enrolled in St. Lucie Public Schools. His older children, Maverick, Zoe and AshLee, are either enrolled at or graduated from the University of Florida, Florida State University and the University of Central Florida, respectively. Dr. Prince is a proud advocate for public education, believing that equity and access to accelerated coursework will create a thriving community in St. Lucie County.