Principal's Message

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Sean Downing, Principal
La Donna Johnson, Assistant Principal

Welcome to Prairie Lake Elementary! 

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Families,

It is my great honor to be able to serve as the new principal at Prairie Lake Elementary School.  I have had the briefest of opportunities to review some of the data about the school and community online, but I know that meeting everyone and learning about you all will better tell the story of our school and stakeholders.

I am originally from Northwest Ohio, and relocated to Florida in 2000 in order to pursue my teaching career.  I have spent the last 23 years working for the Okeechobee County School District, 16 of those years working as a school administrator, and in my most recent position, I served as a school principal for Osceola Middle School.

I am a parent of three and have relocated to Apopka in June, 2023.

I am passionate about doing what’s best in the service of kids, and want to make sure that we give ALL students the opportunity and access to the best possible education.  I firmly believe that we in this profession have an opportunity and an obligation to give our best to kids.  I also feel the need to embrace differences among us.  I want to work to ensure that everyone has a voice in continuing to ensure that Prairie Lakes exceeds your expectations in the future.

Please take the opportunity to speak with me and share your ideas and beliefs regarding your school and I will do everything I can to assist you in any way that I can.

I am looking forward to a great school year and cannot wait to get to work!

Sean Downing, Principal

Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow

OCPS Vision:

To ensure every student has a promising and successful future 

OCPS Mission:
With the support of families and the community, we create enriching and diverse pathways that lead our students to success

School Hours:  8:45 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Wednesday 2:10 p.m.)
Office Hours:   7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 


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