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Administration

R.MellinRic Mellin,Principal

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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!

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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.

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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.

College and Career Technical Education

Anderson BetsyBetsy Anderson, DCT Principals, Introduction to Information Technology, and BCE & DCT OJT

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Henzel-Speer Susan 

Susan Henzel-Speer, Credit Recovery

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Jamie Lynn

Jamie Lynn, Early Childhood 1, 2, 3 and 4

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Martin Susan

Susan Martin, Digital Design 1, 2, 3, and 4

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Ridgeway Harold

Harold Ridgeway,  Learning Lab and SSAP

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Joseph Szymanski

Jospeh Szymanski, Drafting 1, Drafting 2/3, and Introduction to Information Technology

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At Land O’ Lakes since 2005

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Cynthia Ritz, Agriscience Foundation, Bio-Tech 1, Bio-Tech 2, Animal Bio-Tech, Plant Bio-Tech

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Culinary Arts

Jessica Cooper

Jessica Cooper, Nutrition & Wellness and Culinary 1, 2 & 4

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Michael Rigberg

Michael Rigberg, Nutrition & Wellness, Principles of Food Prep, and Culinary 1 & 3

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Custodian Staff

Higgins JamesJames Higgins, Assistant Plant Manager

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Chris Williamson, Plant Manager

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Fine Arts

Heather Adams

Heather Adams, Creative Writing, Acting and English 1

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Riley Batts, Band, Chorus, Instrument Tech, Jazz Band and IB World Music

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Devon Tabor, 2-D Studio Art 1 & 2

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2-D Studio Art 1 & 2 and Portfolio Art Development

 

Cynthia Smith

Cynthia Smith, 2-D Studio Art 1 & 2 and Portfolio Art Development

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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!

English

Heather Adams

Heather Adams, Creative Writing, Acting and English 1

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Amy Anderson

Amy Anderson, English 4

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Babij BryanBryan Babij, English

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David Berger, IB English 4, AP English Literature

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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.

Boyett Christine

Christine Boyett, English 2

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Contreras AshleyAshley Contreras, English 2 and English 2 Honors

Class of 2017 Sponsor

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Kenneth Johansen

Ken Johansen, IB/AP English Language and Theory of Knowledge

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Labarbara Lina

Lina LaBarbara, English 3 and English 3 Honors 

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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

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Pearson MarkMark Pearson, English 1 Honors and Literature in Media

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Ira Pincus, English 2 and English 2 Honors

Class of 2020 Sponsor

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Ramona Quave 

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.

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Rulison Heather

Heather Rulison, English 1, Pre-IB English 2 Honors

Class of 2018 Sponsor

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ESE/Alternate Programs

Maricela Gonzalez

Maricela Gonzalez, Clinic Assistant

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Matthew Perret, Athletic Trainer

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Cherrill Parchment, Intellectual Disabilities

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Miles RichRich Miles, Behavior Specialist

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Robert Scully

Robert Scully, Support Facilitation

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I teach Government, Economics, American History, World History, and Sociology.

Sullivan DavidDavid Sullivan, Job Placement

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Wachtel Brian

Brian Wachtel, Behavior Specialist

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Food and Nutrition

Zappe JoshJosh Zappe, Manager

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Katie Mahan, Food and Nutrition Assistant Manager

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Front Office

Teresa Blankenship, Student Systems Data Entry Operator

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Elizabeth Perez

Elizabeth Perez, Secretary

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Sharon Risner

Sharon Risner, Principal’s Secretary

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Anita Snider

Anita Snider, Bookkeeper

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Maricela Gonzalez

Maricela Gonzalez, Clinic Assistant

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Matthew Perret, Athletic Trainer

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Guidance

 Jillian Baker–  IB School Counselor,
grades 9-12. 813-794-9418.

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Cameron Moody– IB School Counselor,

grades 9-12. 813-794-9418

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Kelly Carroll – School Counselor, 11th Grade (class of 2018), 9th Grade (Class of 2020) Last Name A – F. 813-794-9417

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Garcia Kristi

Kristi Garcia– School Counselor, 12th Grade (class of 2017), 9th Grade (Class of 2020) Last Name G – N, . 813-794-9419

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  Kristin Mahoney– School Counselor, 10th Grade (class of 2019), 9th Grade (Class of 2020) Last Name O – Z. 813-794-9416

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Teresa Blankenship – Student Systems Data Entry Operator. 813-794-9400

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Campbell Angela

Angela Campbell, Graduation Enhancement Teacher

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Colon

Stephanie Colon – Career Specialist.  813-794-9477

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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

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Lisa Eckstorm – Registrar. 813-794-9407

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Instructional Assistants

Paula Pensyl

Paula Pensyl, Learning Lab

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LoseyAlicia Losey, Exceptional Student Education

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Nye RobertRobert Nye, Exceptional Student Education

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Mrs.clark

Patricia Clark, Student Discipline

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James Forester, Student Discipline

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Payne Adarius

Adarius Payne, Student Discipline

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Math

 

Cole Nicola

Nicola Cole, Geometry

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Connolly PatrickPatrick Connolly, Algebra 2 Honors and Pre-IB Algebra 2 Honors

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Frump John

J. Michael Frump, Geometry Honors Liberal Arts Mathematics 1 and Pre-Calculus Honors

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Good Cynthia

Cynthia Good, Algebra 1 and Liberal Arts Mathematics 2

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Conor Jordan, Geometry Honors,  Pre-IB Geometry Honors, IB Calculus, and AP Calculus

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Rulison Mark

Mark Rulison,  IB Statistics/Diff Calculus and  IB Pre-Calculus

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Amy Smith

Amy Smith, Pre-IB Algebra II Honors and Pre-IB Geometry Honors

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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.

 

Trapani Hannah

Hannah Trapani, Algebra 2, Algebra 2 Honors, and AP Statistics

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Treble

Timothy Treble,  Geometry Honors and Algebra 2

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Media

Staff

Jennifer Gaete, Learning Design Coach

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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 S. Hydes

Sabrina Hydes, Learning Design Coach

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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.

Brittany Kerr, Resource Manager Associate

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Physical Education

Vicky King

Vicky King, Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE) and Adaptive PE

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Jamie Martin

Jamie Martin, Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE) and Team and Individual Sports

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Puhalski David

David Puhalski, Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE), Team Sports, Basketball, and Weight Training

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Wilnie Sonthonax, Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE) and Sports Officiating 

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Reading

Diane Baraket

Diane Baraket, Intensive Reading

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Lyle Melissa
Melissa Lyle, Intensive Reading

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Science

Faint Amanda

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.

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David Hicks, IB Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Physical Science and Physical Science Honors

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TBA, Biology

Beth Devoll, Pre-IB Biology and Biology Honors

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Beverly Shelley, Biology

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Skoglund Elizabeth

Elizabeth Skoglund, Anatomy and Physiology Honors and AP
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Andrea Burkhart

Andrea Smoley, Biology 1 Honors

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Stanley Terry

Terry Stanley, IB Biology 3 and IB & AP Biology

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Kurt Sturm

Kurt Sturm, Environmental Science and Marine Science

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Sign Language Interpreter

 

 

Sign Language Interpreter

Yvonne Perkin

Yvonne Perkins

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Yvonne Perkins, EIE III/NRID CI

Sign Language Interpreter

Ruth Littel, Sign Language Interpreter

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Social Studies

Leslie Stanford

Leslie Bozeman, American History Honors and American History

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Karen Coss

Karen Coss, AP Human Geography and Leadership Skills

Athletic Director, Follow on Twitter @LOLHSathletics for tryout information, games, honors, and all things athletic

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Damalos Angelle

Angelle Damalos, Theory of Knowledge and Pre-IB Inquiry Skills

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Dohnert Kimberlee

Kimberlee Dohnert, American History and American History Honors

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Marsh Bob

 Robert Marsh, IB/AP European History, Law Studies, and IB Social Culture Anthropology

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May Jeffrey

Jeffrey May, American Government and American Government Honors

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McLaughlin JessicaJessica Mclaughlin, Psychology and AP Psychology

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Ciara Miller, World History

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Whitney Miller, World History and World History Honors

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O'Brien DougDouglas O’Brien, IB/AP US History and  IB History of the Americas

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Dr. Jennifer O’Connor, IB/AP World History and World History Honors

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Rowland Lance

Mark Rowland, United States History Honors, AP US History, IB/AP United States History, and AP Macroeconomics

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Schmitz Tanner

M. Tanner Schmitz, Economics and Economics Honors

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Deborah Zaleski

Deborah Weir, AP World History, World History Honors and Sociology

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Jonathan Williams, Psychology 1 & 2 and Law Studies

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World Languages

Dr. Sara Acosta

Dr. Sara Acosta, Spanish 2, Spanish 3, and AP Spanish 3

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Frederick Beauchamp

Frederick Beauchamp, Spanish 1 and IB Spanish 5

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Julio Bombino

Julio Bombino, French 1, French 2, French 3/4 and Spanish 2

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Gonzalez Yordan

Yordan Gonzalez, Spanish 1, and IB Spanish 4

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Heymann Allyson

Allyson Heymann, American Sign Language 1, 2, 3, and 4

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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

Wanda Normandia, Pre-IB Spanish 3 Honors and Spanish 2 

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Syllabus Pre-IB 2

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Piecyk Brianna

Brianna Piecyk, Spanish 1 and Pre-IB Spanish 1 Honors

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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.