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I grew up in South Florida and attended school in North Miami. After graduating high school at North Miami High, I relocated to Tampa to attend college. I received a Bachelors of Education degree from the University of South Florida in 1993. I have been the Principal at Land O’ Lakes High School since March 2009. Before this assignment, I was the Principal at J.W. Mitchell High School in Trinity from October 2005 to March 2009. I began my career in education in the spring of 1994 as a Social Studies Teacher at R.B. Stewart Middle in Zephryhills. After completing the mini-contract I was hired at Pine View Middle School in Land O’ Lakes where I taught geography and history for five years. After receiving my Master in Education from the University of South Florida, I became an Assistant Principal at Wesley Chapel High School before the inaugural school year (1999) until receiving the promotion to Mitchell High. I am excited that my career returned me to the Land O’ Lakes community in 2009. I have been serving as the principal at LOLHS, one of the nation’s best high schools, for over 7 years. This is a fantastic school and we have a lot to be proud of at LOLHS!
Rich Batchelor, Assistant Principal
I grew up in eight states as my father served as a career military officer. I attended both Fort Myers High School and King High School in Tampa. I attended Stetson University on a wrestling scholarship earning a degree in History in 1988.
I began my teaching career at Lake Mary High School where I taught drop out prevention and served as the wrestling coach for four years. In 1991 I returned to Tampa to teach history and coached wrestling at Tampa Bay Technical High School and then I taught at Chamberlain High School. In addition to coaching at a local high school I served as the Junior National Wrestling coach for ten years receiving the 1995 Southeast Region Coach of the Year.
In the fall of 1995 I left teaching and became an Assistant Principal at Chamberlain High School. After serving at Chamberlain for five years I returned to my alma mater King High School serving as Assistant Principal there for five years. In 2005 I left Hillsborough County and started working at Land O’ Lakes High School in my current role.
Tracie Beerman, Assistant Principal
I am very excited to become a part of LOLHS and look forward to the new adventure of life at the high school level with enthusiasm! I received my education degrees at USF and St. Leo University. During my 24 years in education, I have served at the elementary, middle school and district levels. I entered Pasco County in 2007, when I joined John Long Middle School as part of the inaugural staff. That same year, I became the assistant principal at Seven Springs Middle School where I enjoyed nine amazing years. Although I am new to the high school environment, I am not new to the high school student having raised 5 of my own. LOLHS has a legacy filled with tradition and excellence and I am honored to join the team!
Tisha Doohen, Assistant Principal
Kathryn Leeper, Assistant Principal
Kathryn Plamondon Leeper grew up in Pasco County after moving here from Detroit, Michigan. Mrs. Leeper attended four elementary schools in Pasco County living at the same residential address at a time when Pasco County was rapidly growing. Her family moved to Wesley Chapel where she attended Zephyrhills Junior High School, now Stewart Middle, and graduated from Zephyrhills High School.
While completing a Bachelors of Education degree from Saint Leo University in 1994, Mrs. Leeper worked as an Instructional Assistant at Stewart Middle School remaining there until obtaining her first teaching position. She taught intermediate continuous progress and Pre-Kindergarten at Cypress Elementary until 2003, when intrigued by the District’s new Intensive Reading positions, she decided to make the transition to J.W. Mitchell High School. Ms. Leeper earned her Master of Educational Leadership Degree from Saint Leo University and has been an Assistant Principal in Pasco County since 2006 at Zephyrhills High School and Ridgewood High School before coming to Land O’ Lakes High School in the fall of 2012.
I am eager to be working within our community. LOLHS has a strong tradition, and it’s an honor to be a part of this staff.
Jeff Morgenstein, Assistant Principal
Jeff Morgenstein has been an educator for more than twenty-five years, teaching high school English, Spanish and French for eight years at Hudson High School, and Spanish and Theory of Knowledge for seven years at Land O’ Lakes. He has taught in the faculty of education at Saint Leo University and authored multimedia instructional resources for World Languages. Mr. Morgenstein has been a Pasco County Schools district administrator supervising World Languages and ESOL, and later in Communications, Government Relations and Leadership Development. He received a 2005 Milken National Educator Award and is a Kappa Delta Pi Distinguished Educator (Saint Leo University chapter). Mr. Morgenstein was raised in New York City and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Montréal’s McGill University and a Master of Education from the University of Florida.
The success of our students surpasses expectation and it’s my goal to see our entire school community thrive.
Susan Henzel-Speer, Credit Recovery
Jamie Lynn, Early Childhood 1, 2, 3 and 4
Susan Martin, Digital Design 1, 2, 3, and 4
Harold Ridgeway, Learning Lab and SSAP
Jospeh Szymanski, Drafting 1, Drafting 2/3, and Introduction to Information Technology
Rutgers University Graduate
At Land O’ Lakes since 2005
Cynthia Ritz, Agriscience Foundation, Bio-Tech 1, Bio-Tech 2, Animal Bio-Tech, Plant Bio-Tech
Heather Adams, Creative Writing, Acting and English 1
Riley Batts, Band, Chorus, Instrument Tech, Jazz Band and IB World Music
Devon Tabor, 2-D Studio Art 1 & 2
Cheerleading Coach, Follow on Twitter @LOLHSCheer
2-D Studio Art 1 & 2 and Portfolio Art Development
Cynthia Smith, 2-D Studio Art 1 & 2 and Portfolio Art Development
Cindy Smith, fondly known as “Ms. C” Art Teacher I teach 2-D, 3-D, Advanced classes of Portfolio 1, 2 and AP ART I truly enjoy teaching and the ‘meeting of the minds and media” that occur in my classroom! Students are encouraged to synthesize new information and skills while thinking out of the box, be free to express themselves, and be willing to push themselves. I specialize in 2-D design including logos and visual communication. My favorite media is 3-D clay sculptures. Thank you for your support of the Arts in Education. Our students need and want these experiences in their lives!
Heather Adams, Creative Writing, Acting and English 1
Amy Anderson, English 4
David Berger, IB English 4, AP English Literature
He has been teaching since 1993, and he has a Master’s in Secondary Education with a concentration in English from Suffolk University. He has been teaching at Land O’ Lakes High School since 2002, currently teaching 12th grade AP English Literature & Composition and International Baccalaureate English 4. He is the English department chair and sponsor the Gator Guild of Writers, the Gay/Straight Alliance, and he holds an after-school Latin class twice a week, T-TH 2:00 – 3:00. He has scored AP English Literature exams in Louisville, KY and is an IB Examiner.
Christine Boyett, English 2
Class of 2017 Sponsor
Ken Johansen, IB/AP English Language and Theory of Knowledge
Lina LaBarbara, English 3 and English 3 Honors
I have been at Land O’ Lakes High School for the last six years as a Media Specialist. Before that, I worked for six years as an English teacher at Gulf High School, in New Port Richey, after teaching Drop Out Prevention for four years.
Originally from Queens, New York, I moved to Fort Worth, Texas before landing in Florida. A graduate of Gulf High School and St. Petersburg Jr. College, I then made my way back to Texas and earned my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. My first teaching job was as an 8th grade Physical Science teacher in Cleburne, Texas.
Tressa Lima, English 1 Honors, Pre-IB English 1 Honors
Ira Pincus, English 2 and English 2 Honors
Class of 2020 Sponsor
Ramona Quave, DE English, English 1101, AP English Language
Ms. Quave currently teaches AP English Language and Composition, IB Junior English, and Dual Enrollment English Composition 1101 and 1102. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has been teaching at Land O’ Lakes High School since 1991 and in Florida since 1985.
Heather Rulison, English 1, Pre-IB English 2 Honors
Class of 2018 Sponsor
Maricela Gonzalez, Clinic Assistant
Matthew Perret, Athletic Trainer
Robert Scully, Support Facilitation
I teach Government, Economics, American History, World History, and Sociology.
Brian Wachtel, Behavior Specialist
Jillian Baker– IB School Counselor,
grades 9-12. 813-794-9418.
Kelly Carroll – School Counselor, 11th Grade (class of 2018), 9th Grade (Class of 2020) Last Name A – F. 813-794-9417
Kristi Garcia– School Counselor, 12th Grade (class of 2017), 9th Grade (Class of 2020) Last Name G – N, . 813-794-9419
Kristin Mahoney– School Counselor, 10th Grade (class of 2019), 9th Grade (Class of 2020) Last Name O – Z. 813-794-9416
Teresa Blankenship – Student Systems Data Entry Operator. 813-794-9400
Angela Campbell, Graduation Enhancement Teacher
Stephanie Colon – Career Specialist. 813-794-9477
Follow on Twitter @LOLHS_CRC is used for College and Career Resources such as college visits, scholarship applications, ACT/SAT information, Military recruiting, etc.
Rhonda McNeilly – Guidance Secretary. 813 794-9409/ fax 813-794-9490
Lisa Eckstorm – Registrar. 813-794-9407
Nicola Cole, Geometry
J. Michael Frump, Geometry Honors Liberal Arts Mathematics 1 and Pre-Calculus Honors
Cynthia Good, Algebra 1 and Liberal Arts Mathematics 2
Conor Jordan, Geometry Honors, Pre-IB Geometry Honors, IB Calculus, and AP Calculus
Mark Rulison, IB Statistics/Diff Calculus and IB Pre-Calculus
Amy Smith, Pre-IB Algebra II Honors and Pre-IB Geometry Honors
I have been teaching math at LOLHS since 1995. I have a BS in Accounting from UF, and a Masters Degree in Secondary Math Education from University of Louisiana Lafayette. I am the Student Council sponsor, and Key Club sponsor with Mark Pearson. I teach Algebra II Honors in the Pre IB program, and Geometry Honors. I also tutor in the Extended Day program on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30-4:00.
Hannah Trapani, Algebra 2, Algebra 2 Honors, and AP Statistics
Timothy Treble, Geometry Honors and Algebra 2
Jennifer Gaete, Learning Design Coach
I have a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Florida Atlantic University and a Masters in Instructional Technology from the University of Phoenix. In 2008, I became a National Board Certified Teacher. As the Learning Design Coach at Land O’ Lakes High School, I look forward looking in working with both teachers and students and integrating technology into their education career. The best part of my job is teaching students how to use handheld technologies.
Sabrina Hydes, Learning Design Coach
I have a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a Masters in Instructional Technology from the University of South Florida. In 2008, I became a National Board Certified Teacher. As the Learning Design Coach at Land O’ Lakes High School, I enjoy training teachers how to use technology in their classrooms in order to enhance their instruction. Additionally, I’ve had the opportunity to work with the Pasco County Global Project with students in China. The best part of my job is teaching students how to use multi-media applications.
Bev Underwood, Resource Manager Associate
Vicky King, Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE) and Adaptive PE
Jamie Martin, Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE) and Team and Individual Sports
David Puhalski, Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE), Team Sports, Basketball, and Weight Training
Wilnie Sonthonax, Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE) and Sports Officiating
Amanda Faint, Physical Science and Pre-IB Chemistry 1 Honors
Amanda Faint was born in Perth, Western Australia before moving to Kenosha, Wisconsin where she grew up. She graduated from Tremper High School in 2007 with an honors diploma before attending Carthage College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry in 2011 as an ACS certified chemist. She attended the University of Tennessee Knoxville from 2011 until 2013 as a Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant before accepting her first high school teaching experience here at LOLHS.
Aristotle once said, “All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.” Thus, when someone aspires to teach h/she must develop one of many traits that will allow her to lead children down the path of enlightenment. Since we are humans I feel that it is impossible for us, as teachers, to subscribe to any one particular philosophy in our teaching strategies. Thus, I favor an eclectic approach. Flare, creativity, motivation, communication, and devotion to the subject material are also required for excellent teaching. After all, it is the duty of every educator to teach their student how to think, not just what to think, so that they may eventually think for themselves.
David Hicks, IB Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Physical Science and Physical Science Honors
James Mason, Biology
Victoria Savosh, Pre-IB Biology and Biology Honors
Beverly Shelley, Biology
Elizabeth Skoglund, Anatomy and Physiology Honors and AP Environmental Science
Andrea Smoley, Biology 1 Honors
Terry Stanley, IB Biology 3 and IB & AP Biology
Kurt Sturm, Environmental Science and Marine Science
Dr. Sara Acosta, Spanish 2, Spanish 3, and AP Spanish 3
Frederick Beauchamp, Spanish 1 and IB Spanish 5
Julio Bombino, French 1, French 2, French 3/4 and Spanish 2
Yordan Gonzalez, Spanish 1, and IB Spanish 4
Allyson Heymann, American Sign Language 1, 2, 3, and 4
I received my BA in 1993 from SUNY Oswego, New York and my MS in Deaf Education from Adelphi University in 1994. I moved to Florida upon receiving my Master’s degree and began my teaching career in Hillsborough County. I have taught all levels of Deaf Education and have been signing since 1992 when I took my first sign language class. This is my second year at LOLHS and I enjoy teaching in the World Language Department! I teach ASL 1, ASL 2, ASL 3 and ASL 4 and I am the class advisor for the American Sign Language Honor Society.
Wanda Normandia, Pre-IB Spanish 3 Honors and Spanish 2
Brianna Piecyk, Spanish 1 and Pre-IB Spanish 1 Honors
Señorita Piecyk grew up in South Jersey and the Philadelphia area. She attended Gettysburg College and received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Linguistics with a minor in Education. Srta. Piecyk is certified in K-12 in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Florida. Her best life experience so far has been the semester she lived and studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She spent the past two years in the Chicago area teaching K-6 Spanish in Northwest Indiana. She is very passionate about music, football, and HGTV.