School Staff


Donna Dunson – Principal
Anuj Saran – Director of Educational Operations & IB
Eugene Kendrick – Assistant Principal
Chris Reams – Assistant Principal
Daniele Shick – Assistant Principal
Jonathan Hodach – Dean
Stacey Butcher – Dean

Student Services

Krista Thompson – Director/FLVS/Dual Enrollment/Counselor of A-F
Degrees: Bachelors of Science (Elementary Education)- Wingate University, Masters of Education from the University of South Carolina
Book: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
Quote: “But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.”  1 Corinthians 13:13

Tavaris Johnson – Athletics Specialist/Counselor of G-N
Degree: Bachelors of Arts Exercise Science Minor Wellness and Nutrition
Book: Teach Like a Champion
Quote: “Win the Day” Tomorrow maybe too late!

Anna Barcenas – OJT Specialist/Counselor O-Z
Degrees: BS in Business Admin, Hotel Resort Management from Florida Southern College, MA Educational Leadership from Stetson University
Book: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald
Quotes: “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself. ” — Eleanor Roosevelt

Kaleigh McCoy – International Baccalaureate Counselor
Degree: B.A. Secondary Education Social Sciences from Florida Atlantic University
Book: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
Quote: “You can often change your circumstances by changing your attitude” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Brook Weathersby- Terminal Operator/Registrars

Carol Floyd – Behavior Management

Meghan Balliter – Social Worker
Favorite Book: “Chosen by a Horse,” By Susan Richard
Quote: “The strength within you is greater than the fear before you.”

Dee Coconato – Title One Facilitator
Degree: BS from Berry College
Book: A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith
Quote: “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”

School Resource Officer
Jonathan Flecher

Marvin Pavy – Athletic Director (SAT PREP and Liberal Arts/Math)
Degree: BA from Evansville University in Indiana and a Masters from Indiana University
Book: The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Quote: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

Technology Support
Giovanni Marra
Dustin Smiddie

Office Staff
Karen Blackwelder
Gina Leddon
Rhonda Grondin
Sherry Settle
Brandi Phillips


Kristin Chandley

Digital Media and Multimedia Design Academy 
Jonathan Berkenfield
Degree: B.S. Mass Communications at Florida Southern College
Book: Batman – The Long Halloween
Quote: “We are responsible for each other. That’s part of being human — isn’t it?” – Robin, from Batman #355

Brenda Howell
Degree: B.A. from Warner Southern College
Book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Quote: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”  Proverbs 27:17

Jenny Medlock
Degrees: BS in Business Administration UCF, MBA from Webber International Univeristy
Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Quote: “The power of doing anything with quickness is always prized much by the possessor, and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance.” ~ Jane Austen

Laura Jarrett
Degrees: A.A. in Humanities and B.A. in English from Indiana University
Quote: “The best thing for being sad, replied Merlin is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.” T.H. White The Once and Future King

Ashley Schwarze
Degrees: B.A. in English Education from Warner Southern College, M.A. in Educational Leadership from Stetson University
Quote: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nona Edelson
Degrees: B.A. in English, University of Tampa, M.A. in English, Breadloaf School of English, Middlebury College, VT
Book:  To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Quote:  “To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” William Shakespeare

Kat Nickell
Degrees: B.A. Educational Studies, Specializing in Instructional Design from Ashford University
Book:  A Density of Souls, by Christopher Rice
Quote:  “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth OVER-doing!”

Ryan Nichols


Dena Elmore
Degrees: BS in Elementary Education from Florida State University, Early Childhood from Warner Southern College
Book: A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers
Quote: “This is my work, and I can do it only because Christ’s mighty energy is at work within me.” Colossians 1:29

Joann Jackson

Marla Raulerson
Degree: B.S. in Elementary Education/ESE from UCF
Book: Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Quote: “A loving heart is the truest wisdom” Charles Dickens

Beverly Riley
Degree: BS in Special Education from University of Southern Mississippi, MS in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University
Book: Take Your Best Shot
Quote: “Nothing is hard…..You just need to get an understanding of what is required!”

Tonya Royal
Degree: BA in Organizational Management from Warner Southern College
Book: The First Days of School
Quote: “If you always do what you’ve always done, You’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.”

Kindreek Williams

June Carter Ullman
Degree: AA: Polk Community College, BA: University of Florida, MA: University of Florida
Book: Radical by David Platt
Quote: Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.  Wisdom is knowing that you do not put a tomato in a fruit salad.

Annie Bradley

Sara Royal

Jill Rickman

Matthew Teague

Family and Consumer Science
Lisa Davis

Lauren Crumbliss
Degree: B.S. English Education, Western Carolina University
Book: My Life in France by Julia Child
Quote: “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” – Julia Child


Fine Arts
Meg Smith-Orchestra

Andrew Allen-Band

Mai Claypool-Dance

Foreign Languages
Yomar Cardona
Degrees: BA in Secondary Education Spanish from University of Puerto Rico, MA in Public Health Education, MA Administration and Supervision in Education from Phoenix University
Book: El Alquimista by Paolo Coello
Quote: “You can always achieve your dreams, if you work for it” by Y. Cardona

Sue Landron
Degree:  Certified Teacher in Foreign Language / Spanish K-12, Certified Teacher in Mathematics 6-12, BA in Industrial Management, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus
Book:  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Quote:  “Language is the road map of a culture.  It tells you where its people come from and where they are going” -Rita Mae Brown

Sandy Altamirano

B.A. Trinity University, Washington D.C.
MBA, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
book: Of Love and Shadows by Isabel Allende
Quote: “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible”. Audrey HepburnMiguel Cooper JROTC
Sgt. Henry Porter
Degree:BA in History from Columbia College
Book: The Bible
Quote: “No one cares about how much you know,until they know you care about them”Cpt. Charles Simpson
Degree: Electronics Management at Southern Illinois University
Book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Quote: “Always choose the hard right over the easy wrong”MathKatrina Childresshref=””>Zachary Kapphan
Degree: BA in Education, Secondary Mathematics, Fairmont State College
Quote: “Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it’s in my basement… let me go upstairs and check” (M.C. Escher)

Lillian Anderson
Degree: BS in Mathematical Decision Science (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
MAT in Teaching (University of Southern California)
Book: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
Quote: “What can be seen on the outside is beautiful but it’s only a hint of the magnificence within”

Sara Minix
Degrees: Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, Masters of Arts in Teaching
Book: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Quote: “Always be a little kinder than necessary.” J.M. Barrie

Gracie Carranza
Craig Crumbliss
Jasmine Ansley

Media Center
Michelle Castleberry

Medical Career Academy
Joe Hulett
Degree: Paramedic/EMT; Polk State College
Book: Through My Eyes Tim Tebow
Quote: “You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat.” Christy Mathewson

Physical Education
Kim Campbell
Degree: B.S. Florida A&M University
Quote: ” We can never change our past, but through achievements made today we can mold our future”

Randy Lee
MS, Ed – Sports Leadership – Virginia Commonwealth University
BA – Humanities, specialization in Geography – University of South Carolina
Book: The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell
Quote: “It’s the little details that are vital.  Little things make big things happen.” – John Wooden

Brett Biggs
Degree: MS Sports Science and Coaching
Book: John Wooden on Leadership
Quote: “Faith is a prerequisite for success”

Aaron Kehres

Kelly Cernell
Degree: BA in Elementary Education from Warner Southern College
Book: Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
Quote: “A woman is like a tea bag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

Tina Markley
Degree: BA in Secondary Education – English and Business from East Texas Baptist University
Books: Little Women and Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World
Quote: Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Tammy Shields
Degree: BA in Business Administration from Warner Southern College
Book – Gone with the Wind
Quote – “It is better to have tried and failed, than to never have tried at all.”

Jennifer Welch
Degree: BS in Business Administration from Webber International University and MSEd in Literacy from University of New England
Book: The Percy Jackson Series
Quote: “Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way of making contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.” – Nora Ephron

Blake Fann
Degree: BS Biology from University of South Florida
Book: A Land Remembered
Quote:”Nothing shocks me, I am a scientist” ~ Indiana Jones

Erin Affrunti
Degree: B.S. in Physiology, minors in chemistry and psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Book: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch and Every Patient Tells a Story by Lisa Sanders, MD
Quote: “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein

Amanda Cagan
Degree: BS from Texas Christian University
Book: Harry Potter Series
Quote: Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill

Heather Romanosky

Degree: Bachelors of Arts in Biology and minor in History

Book: Plum Island

Quote: “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

Scott Smith
Degrees: Master of Science @ FSU
Book: Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku
Quote: “I have no fear of losing my life – if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it.”  Steve Irwin

Danielle Fennimore
Monatelee Chavious

Social Sciences
Michael Campbell
Degrees: B.S University of South Florida, M.S. from University of New Orleans
Book: Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun
Quote: “Be willing to do today what others won’t do, so you can do tomorrow what they can’t do”

Cindy Nelson
Degree: BA in History
Book: A Land Remembered By: Patrick Smith
Quote: “A mind without instruction can no more bear fruit than can a field, however fertile, without cultivation.” Cicero

Degree: BA, Social Sciences Education, University of Central Florida, MEd, Educational Leadership/Administration, University of Southern Mississippi
Books: Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis; The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, J.R.R. Tolkien
Quote: “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”  Thomas Jefferson
David Rutkas
Commander, USNR (Ret.)
Degrees: B.A.  – University of California, Berkeley, J.D. from American University, Washington College of Law
Book: Master and Commander, et seq  by Patrick O’Brian

Quote: “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

Eddie Tucker
Degree:  B.A. Sociology-Baylor University, M.Ed. Social Studies Education-University of Georgia
Books: The Book of Genesis, “A Walk In The Woods” Bill Bryson
Quote: Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

Kyle Ford
Brooke Allen
Lauren Gilmore

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  • 12 Feb 2015

    FAFSA Night

    Join the Lake Wales High School Guidance Department and College Summit Team on Thursday, February 26 at 6:30pm in the LWHS Computer Labs! Attend this session to explore and understand the best borrowing option for your family’s situation. Counselors will assist in navigating the loan application process and applying for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA is used to apply for state and federal financial aid. Students cannot qualify for financial aid unless it is completed. Students who plan to attend college […]

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