Lee Hale Named Meigs Middle School Principal

The School Board unanimously approved the selection of Lee Hale as the Principal of Meigs Middle School during the February 13 Board meeting.

Hale, currently the assistant principal at Choctawhatchee High School is replacing principal, Dr. Lamar White, who is retiring this summer. 

Hale is a lifelong native and a product of the Okaloosa County School District attending Elliott Point and Shalimar Elementary Schools, Meigs Junior High School and graduating from Choctawhatchee High School in 1989. 

“He has deep roots  in education as his mother was a teacher and reading specialist at Choctawhatchee High School,” said Superintendent of School Dr. Alexis Tibbetts.

Hale completed his Bachelors of Science at Samford University, Birmingham, in 1993 and completed his Master’s of Global Leadership and Administration at Jones International University in 2004.  He holds a Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from University of West Florida and is currently a candidate for his doctorate at University of West Florida. 

Hale is a National Board Certified Teacher in Career/Technical Education and is certified in Educational Leadership and Business Education.  He taught at Choctaw from 1995 – 2007 and coordinated the Choctaw Academy for at-risk students.  Hale was also a football and baseball assistant coach at Choctaw and became assistant principat at Choctaw in 2007. 

“Lee is extremely technological and has presented numerous professional developments in technology,” said Tibbetts. “Lee’s experience as a high school assistant principal and his knowledge of professional development will be a tremendous asset to Meigs Middle School.  Lee is energetic and engaged with students, teachers, and parents.  He has great excitement for curriculum and instruction, quality teaching, and involvement in school activities.  Lee is innovative, creative, and has a strong work ethic.  He is a relationship builder, problem solver, and has great drive for continuous improvement.  While at Choctawhatchee High School Mr. Hale coordinated community and parent involvement programs and realizes the benefits in forming relationships with schools in his feeder patterns.  He will be an asset to Shalimar and Longwood Elementary Schools as well as Meigs and Choctawhatchee High School.  He is a true leader in every sense of the word.”

Hale was selected as Okaloosa County Top Notch Teacher in 1997 and in 2010 was honored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and Florida Association of School Administrators as the Florida Assistant Principal of the Year. 

Married to Gretchen, they have two children, Brett, age 14, a freshman at Choctawhatchee High School and Eve, age 10, a fifth grader at Kenwood.  Hale and his family attend First Baptist Church, Fort Walton Beach, where he is a Sunday school teacher for the young married couples.  He enjoys golf, weightlifting, singing, social media, reading, writing, and attending sporting events and is known as the ‘Voice of the Indians’ in Joe Etheredge Stadium on Friday nights during football season.