LHS gives a warm welcome to new assistant principal Ernie Hopper

Madeline Wyka, Staff Writer – Lecanto High School [LHS] welcomed many new faces this year, including a new assistant principal. Ernie Hopper is an alumnus of LHS and the students and staff look forward to getting to know him.

LHS students have many expectations. They want Hopper to prioritize the well-being of the students through proper communication.

“From a student’s perspective, I believe they [administrators] should ensure our safety and tell us if any of our behavior needs [to be corrected],” said sophomore Olivia Camunas.

Freshman Molly Seawell anticipates an overall pleasant experience with Hopper at the school.

“It’s nice having a new addition here. I hope he’ll be able to [improve the quality of the] campus, and be there for the students,” said Seawell.

History and government teacher Michelle Duclos looks forward to working with Hopper for the first time and seeing how he affects and impacts students.

“It’s great to have a fellow alumnus on campus,” said Duclos. “I’m hoping he is able to be a positive influence on our student body.”

LHS attendees may previously know Hopper due to the wide variety of jobs he’s had within the school system.

“I was a math teacher and also taught social studies in a middle school for sixth grade. I also held a job as the curriculum specialist and assistant principal for Renaissance. Most recently, I worked as assistant principal and principal over at Inverness Middle School,” said Hopper.

Hopper is excited to continue improving the experiences of students and staff at LHS.

“I’m just here to do my best, especially while keeping the students in mind,” said Hopper.

Ernie Hopper, the new assistant principal at LHS.

Assistant principal Ernie Hopper prepares to do work at his desk (Photo: Wyka).