Carin Hetzler-Nettles, who is credited with helping breathe fresh life into Wesley Chapel High (WCH) since taking over as principal in 2009, is moving on to a new challenge: opening a new school right down the road.
Hetzler-Nettles has been appointed the new principal at Cypress Creek Middle-High School (below), which is scheduled to open in time for the 2017-18 school year.
Cypress Creek is located on Old Pasco Rd. The new school will have close to 2,000 students (see page 10) in grades six through 11 next year, with a large portion of those former students at WCH who will be familiar with their new principal.
Hetzler-Nettles, 42, has been a district employee since 1996. She started as a special education teacher at River Ridge Middle School in New Port Richey, taught at East Bay High in Gibsonton and then returned to Pasco County when she took a teaching job at Mitchell before receiving a promotion to assistant principal in 2004.
While at WCH, Hetzler-Nettles was named the Secondary Principal of the Year in Pasco County for 2012.