Greetings Students and Parents,

    I would like to officially introduce myself to you. I am the new principal of Hidden Oaks Elementary school (HES). I have been an educator for 24 years. I have successfully led schools, and taught most grades in DCPS for over 17 years. I have served as a leader for 10 years, and was honored as Duval County's Principal of the Year in 2019.

    I am a native of Daytona Beach, FL. I have six adult children and eleven amazing grandchildren throughout Florida, Texas, and Georgia. I am a world traveler and have been to several countries. My favorite destinations are Barcelona, Spain and the French Riviera! In my spare time, I love singing and shopping. Recently, I had the awesome opportunity to meet several impressionable students- some in whole groups and some one-on-one. We discussed performance data and goals and hallway behavior and expectations. Other meetings included casual chats in the cafeteria.

    There is one overarching theme I love about this school: "It is a Hidden Gem!" Currently, the school is a "C". I know that working together with this amazing group of teachers, faculty, and staff, we will be able to earn an "A" in the near future. As a servant for this community and leader of HES, I have several ideas that will help move us in the right direction, but I need your support. First, please plan to speak with me on February 10th @ 3:30 for our annual Stakeholder's Meeting. Secondly, actively participate on the SAC Committee. Lastly, I need your help with fundraising efforts. You can make a donation today on our school's website https://dcps.duvalschools,org/hiddenoaks in the Donation/Unrestricted Principal's Trust-all funds are tracked and used for student and teacher awards. It takes 5 minutes after you create your account. Be sure to select Hidden Oaks from the Items Cart icon.

    There are three opportunities where your help is needed:

    1. Parent involvement in SAC and PTA Meetings
    2. Student and teacher awards (Business Partners)
    3. Student Attendance Awards (Fundraisers/Donations through our website)

    Our SAC Meetings are on the following dates:

    • Thursday, February 17th
    • Thursday, March 24th
    • Thursday, April 21st 
    • Thursday, May 19th

    I look forward to collaborating with you!

    If you need to contact me, please feel free to email me at polydorel@duvalschools.org or call me at (904) 573-1020.



    LaWanda Polydore