Hook takes helm at Pine Island Elementary
Steven Hook, the former principal at Oasis Elementary School in Cape Coral and the new principal at Pine Island Elementary School, is settling into his office.
“We’re getting ready for the start of the new school year,” Hook said.
Hook has a total of 35 years in the teaching and administrative professions.
“I’m originally from Ohio,” he said. “My father was a principal in Ohio schools. My mother taught school and my uncle was a principal – so those were my choices in life. I even went to the same school where my father was a math teacher – in fact he was the only teacher to ever give me an F in his math class.
“Actually I went into the teaching profession because I’ve always had a passion for children,” he said. “I love watching kids grow. I’ve coached, I’ve taught, I’ve worked with various clubs at churches and it’s always been an innate passion for me.”
After graduating college, Hook spent 10 years teaching in Ohio, 15 years of middle school and elementary principalships in Indiana and the last 13 years in Cape Coral.
“I was principal at Oasis Elementary School in the Cape for 13 years,” Hook said.
“I found Southwest Florida because my brother-in-law is a sailor,” Hook said “After he moved down here we would come down every spring break to do some fishing and golfing. My wife is in healthcare and I’m in education so we decided in 2004 to ‘give Florida a try.’
“My wife found a job, I landed at Oasis, and we’ve really enjoy living here,” he continued. “It was probably a year or so ago I even mentioned to Dr. Pruitt (Dr. Angela Pruitt, superintendent for the city of Cape Coral Charter School System) that the only place I would consider transferring to, other than my job at Oasis, was Pine Island. So I’m very excited to be here.”
He went on to explain why PIE appealed to him.
“This school and the staff at Pine Island Elementary have a long history of success,” Hook said. “In fact, Pine Island Elementary has a 17-year track record as a state graded ‘A’ school. When I met the staff for the first time, I remember saying to them that ‘I just want to enhance the awesomeness that’s already here.'”
One method Hook uses to motivate children is with his “Captain’s Table.”
“I believe that kind, caring, loving, respectful and responsible are as important as reading, writing and arithmetic,” Hook said. “When students show those values in the classroom, work hard and give the extra effort, I want to recognize them. Teachers choose one student from every class each month to be recognized at the ‘Captain’s Table.’
“I don’t have plans to make any big changes,” Hook said. “Academic excellence is always a top priority and I want parents to feel welcome at PIE and be a part of their child’s education. If there is a challenge, it’s getting more parents involved in their child’s education. Parents are their children’s first and greatest teachers. I’m here to assist them and we’ll do everything we can to make them comfortable at Pine Island Elementary School.”