PRINCIPAL / ADMINISTRATOR: Sheri L. Norkas
Phone: (813) 792-5120
Fax: (813) 792-5124
7:10 a.m. Students May Arrive on Campus
7:30 a.m. First Bell/Morning
7:40 a.m. Tardy Bell/School Day Begins
Monday Dismissal: 12:55 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday Dismissal: 1:55 p.m.
REMINDER: There is no sign out of students after 1:15 p.m. (Tues - Fri) and 12:15 p.m. (Mon). Student instruction takes place until 1:55 p.m. Thank you for your understanding.
We will provide a path for success to every Hammond student.
Building bright futures, one student at a time.
Meet Mr. James A. Hammond
In December 2006, the School Board named our elementary school in honor of James A. Hammond because of his long history in promoting education and race relations in Tampa. His name was selected from over 300 submissions. Mr. Hammond played an active role in our school, visiting and interacting with our students at school events until he was unable. Sadly, in April 2019 Mr. Hammond passed away. He was an incredible man who advocated for education. Mr. Hammond loved our school and enjoyed reminding our students that each of them would "Be Somebody!"
The following are excerpts from an article published in the December 17th, 2006 edition of the St. Petersburg Times.
"I have always enjoyed working with young people and encouraging them in education," said the 77-year-old community activist, who among other things helped create the county's first preschool program. "I get a great deal of satisfaction from seeing others achieve."
"I'm just overwhelmed and honored," Hammond said, "It's the greatest honor I could have ever received."
Born and raised in Tampa, Hammond left to go to college and then serve in the military. He returned to Tampa in 1955, beginning a long career of public service in addition to working in the private sector.
Among his many activities, Hammond served as Tampa's commissioner of community relations founded the Tampa Hillsborough Action Plan and chaired the city Civil Service Board.
He has sat on the boards of directors for the Greater Tampa Urban League and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.
Four Florida governors appointed him to the state Unemployment Appeals Commission. In 1968, he received the Governor's Medal for community service for helping to quell race riots in Tampa two years earlier. It's just one of dozens of awards he's garnered over the years though this one he cherishes the most.
A longtime school mentor, Hammond said he expects to spend time working with youngsters at the new school, encouraging them to complete their education and work to be "somebody." He'll use his 3P philosophy - positive mental attitude, patience and persistence.
"I get a great deal of satisfaction from seeing others achieve."
Meet our 1st Principal, Mrs. Karen Zielinski
In early 2007, Mrs. Karen Zielinski was appointed the first Principal of James A. Hammond Elementary. Our school opened in August 2007 and Mrs. Zielinski remainded Principal until she retired in 2009.
Mrs. Zielinski was honored to be named the Principal of a new school as it gave her the opportunity bring together students from three schools, over 75 faculty/staff members, and many, many families to establish Hammond Elementary as one of the top schools in Hillsborough County.
In 1976, Mrs. Zielinski began her education career as a teacher in the DePew, New York public school system. She joined Hillsborough County Public Schools in 1982 as a teacher at Robles Elementary School. She touched the lives of many students during her tenure as an Elementary teacher at Robles Elementary and Lake Magdalene Elementary schools.
In 1989, Mrs. Zielinski moved into an administrative role serving as the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Bellamy Elementary and Morgan Woods Elementary schools. In 1999, she became the Elementary Supervisor-Generalist for the Elementary Education Department and continued in that position until 2002 when she was appointed the Principal of Cecile Essrig Elementary.
In August 2019, Mrs. Zielinski passed away. Mrs. Zielinski believed that every child’s mind was important and worth a teacher and administrator’s search to find just the right “key” to open that mind. She challenged herself, her faculty and staff to find those keys and effectively use them to make learning exciting and challenging for all students.
Her smile, laughter and love of reading to children will be missed by our Wolf Cub family.