Assistant Superintendents

a year ago

Hope Jernigan

Phone- (386) 755-8015

    • Former principal for 5 years

    • Ed.S. degree in Educational Leadership

    • M.Ed. degree  in Elementary Education from the University of Florida

    • B.A. degree in Elementary Education from the University of Florida

    • Former Eastside Elementary Teacher of the Year (2010-2011)

    • Teacher of 2nd and 3rd grades at Eastside Elementary for 7 years

    • Successful completer of Regional Principal’s Leadership Academy (facilitated by the North East Florida Education Consortium)

    • A current participant in the Brian Dassler Leadership Academy (facilitated by the Florida Department of Education)

    • Dedicated to helping create positive learning environments for all students in Columbia County.

    • Mrs. Jernigan serves as the Title IX Coordinator for Columbia County Schools.  For more information regarding complaints, or requests for additional information regarding discrimination or harassment of all types including sexual harassment or assault, please click here.


Todd Widergren

Phone 386.755.8015


  • Former principal at Eastside Elementary, Columbia High, and Melrose Park Elementary.

  • M. Ed. In Educational Leadership from Florida A&M University

  • B.S. in Science Education from The Florida State University

  • Former Biology and Environmental Academy Teacher

  • Distinguished Educator Award-University of Florida

  • Graduate of the Commissioner’s Leadership Academy

  • Navy veteran, served on the USS Nassau-Norfolk, Va

  • Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

 William Butler Yeats