New CEO Takes the Helm at Bay Haven Schools: A Vision for Excellence

by Janet Pattison

BAY COUNTY, FL - In a significant leadership transition, Bay Haven Charter Academy welcomes its new CEO, Nelson Stephenson, with a track record in education and a commitment to fostering high expectations and achievements within the institution.

Stephenson, an accomplished educator and administrator, brings a wealth of experience to his new role. His journey in education commenced as an Adjunct Professor at Florida International University in 1999-2001 and Florida SouthWestern State College from 2000-2012. His tenure in Collier County Public Schools from 2003-2012 saw him serve as both a teacher and administrator, and later as the Principal of DeSoto Middle School in 2012-2013.

Notably, Stephenson served as the Principal of DeSoto High School and DeSoto County Alternative Schools in 2013-2014, followed by a three-year stint as the Superintendent of Schools for the City of Cape Coral Municipal Charter School System from 2014-2017. Subsequently, he took on an international role as the Director of Academics in Uzbekistan's Presidential Schools in 2019-2020.

Returning to the local educational landscape, Stephenson served as the Principal of Bay Haven Charter Academy K-8 from 2020-2023. His recently took on the role of an Educational Recovery Leader with the Kentucky Department of Education in the past year.

Stephenson's leadership has not been without challenges. In 2017, he resigned from his post as the superintendent of the Cape Coral Charter School System, citing a desire to pass the torch to new leadership. The decision followed an offer of a two-year contract extension with increased salary, which Stephenson declined. According to the News-Press in 2016 he had a public dispute with the Mayor of Cape Coral.

Despite controversies surrounding his resignation, Stephenson's dedication to educational excellence remains a focal point in his career. As he takes the helm at Bay Haven Schools, the community anticipates continued growth, innovation, and a commitment to the highest standards of education under his leadership.