Heading west: ECMS principal Charlie Marello will take over Destin Middle School after winter break

charlie marello
Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 04:43 PM.

After three years as principal of Emerald Coast Middle School, Charlie Marello is heading west to take the place of Diane Kelley at Destin Middle School.

When both ECMS and DMS students return from winter break, they will be greeted by new principals.

"It may not be the norm to start at a school in the middle of the year," Marello explained. "But when the right opportunity comes along, you just have to go for it," he said.

Marello's career in education has spanned 15 years in the Walton County School District, starting as a teacher and coach and then becoming a teacher on assignment, before being promoted to assistant principal, and then, of course, principal.

Along the way, he's learned the challenges and rewards that principals experience.

"The toughest challenge is probably balancing schedules and time management," he explained. "There are lots of things happening all the time that require the principal's attention and/or involvement. The most rewarding moments center around students. Seeing students achieve and be successful and evolve into the best version of themselves is very rewarding."

Marello said he is proud of the positive environment created at ECMS in the past few years.

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