Hello Florence community, My name is Mitch Reed and I am the Superintendent of the Florence School. I also serve as the districts elementary principal and special education director. Currently, I serve as the head girls basketball coach as well. I am starting my 12th year in education. My wife Shari, who is also an educator, and I have three children, Kendall, Emmy, and Finn. I am excited to start my sixth year with this district. I have enjoyed the community support that we have received to make this school the best we can. With that support, we believe that we can offer students a great deal of experiences through different course work offerings, extra curricular activities, and so much more.
MS/HS Principal and Athletic Director: Alex DeVries
Greetings Florence Falcons! My name is Alex DeVries and I am the middle/high school principal along with the district's activities director. I am starting my 9th year in education and my 2nd year serving the Florence district and community. My wife, Carissa, and I have two young boys: Isaiah and Noah who keep us busy. I am a Lennox, SD native where I participated in football, basketball, track & field, baseball, band, and National Honor Society. After completing high school, I attended the University of South Dakota, where I earned my bachelor's degree in secondary education - mathematics and master's in educational leadership. I am excited for my second year here in Florence and continue to create a positive culture and environment for every student.
Business Manager: Sherri Sumner
Hi! My name is Sherri (Grygiel) Sumner and I am the Business Manager of the Florence School. I just started my 33rd year here at Florence School! My husband Tom and I have 2 adult children: Shelby who is a K-12 school counselor in Minnesota and her husband Zach Reker who have blessed us with 2 joyful granddaughters, and we have a son Trent who is the NTHS welding instructor in Watertown. If you had asked me a dozen years ago if my children would be educators, it would have been a definite NO, but after all these years I can say I am proud of the careers they have chosen. After all, where can one work and have the comradery of adult colleagues and enjoy the smiles of all the students too. As for Florence, my heart lies here! I was born, raised, worked and raised our children here and am proud of the strides the Florence School has made over the years! When I started here in 1991, our student count was approximately 160 K-12 and now it is 330 PreK-12 - over double! As I said, a great school and community to put down roots!
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