CHARLIE VAN ZANT, JR.
Charlie Van Zant, Jr. became Clay County Schools' 17th Superintendent on November 20, 2012.
He now leads the district's strategic efforts to make every student "Future Ready" by expanding the district's business driven Career & Technical program and building on strong academics with an emphasis on ensuring students are reading on grade level.
To achieve this, his
strategy is to: Innovate, Engage
Mr. Van Zant began his career in the School District of Clay County as a teacher at Wilkinson Junior High.
In 1988, he
ran for School Board... a role he
held for 14 years.
is also active in several youth organizations and has spearheaded several drug prevention and youth leadership initiatives, in cooperation with the Florida National Guard
and the Department of Juvenile Justice.
During his tenure as the Drug Enforcement Coordinator for the Florida Army National Guard, the program won the Secretary of Defense's "Best in Nation" award twice in 3 years.
Mr. Van Zant holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Florida.
graduated high school from Keystone Heights High.
Mr. Van Zant
is proud to raise his
family in the same community he
, himself, was raised.
resides in Keystone Heights with his
wife of 19 years, Stephanie.