Dr. Kasey C. Kesselring, Montverde Academy Headmaster, was honored with the Citizen of the Year award by the South Lake Chamber of Commerce at the annual Business Awards Ceremony hosted at Bella Collina.
More than 300 community leaders, business owners, local officials, and Chamber members attended the event which recognizes the Best of South Lake County, presented by the South Lake Chamber. Dr. Kesselring was chosen as the Citizen of the Year, which honors a South Lake resident who has displayed extraordinary dedication to the community.
Dr. Kesselring is a vital community member who has changed the trajectory of Montverde Academy and has become ingrained as a respected leader in the South Lake community. His tremendous sense of community has led him to participate as a board member on multiple local and regional organizations such as the South Lake Chamber of Commerce (where he served as Board Chair), South Lake Hospital, Cornerstone Hospice, Orlando Economic Partnership, Lake County Planning and Zoning Board, Lake County Tourist and Development Council, American Cancer Foundation, IMPACT Lake, Live Well Foundation of South Lake, and more.
“The South Lake Chamber of Commerce is proud to honor Dr. Kasey Kesselring for the contributions and commitment he has demonstrated as a leader in our region,” said David Colby, South Lake Chamber of Commerce CEO/President. “I know that I can call on Kasey for assistance and he will do everything he can to help. He is an outstanding example of what the Citizen of the Year award celebrates, and this award recognizes his long-standing dedication to our community.”
In his position as Headmaster, he has taken the Academy to new heights. From a small mostly international boarding school, to one of the preeminent private schools in Central Florida, Montverde Academy has grown from 103 students in 1999 to more than 1,350 students, representing more than 90 countries and 13 states. More than $55 million has been invested in new construction, renovations and land acquisition to grow the 130-acre campus. Academically, MVA offers 33 Advanced Placement courses, 13 honors classes and has a 100 percent college acceptance rate. MVA athletic teams have earned national rankings, which attracts elite players from all over the world and has produced numerous collegiate and professional level athletes. This is also complemented by award-winning theatre, music and fine arts programs, and Music and Theatre Conservatory programs.
In his spare time, Dr. Kesselring plays piano and enjoys farming and classical opera. He and Maureen, his wife of 25 years, enjoy traveling with their daughter, Kailin, and son, Konnor.