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FCITL AwardPrincipal : Brian Andrews

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Brian J. Andrews is the Principal of Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Florida, where there is a Commitment to Excellence each and every day.  He was awarded the Innovative Principal of the Year Award, an honor presented by the Florida Council of Instructional Technology Leaders (FCITL).  Mr. Andrews received his BA in English Literature and his MS in Education from Hofstra University in NY. Proudly in his 22nd year of public education, he has served as English teacher and administrator.  


His Family Tree comprises mostly of educators, from his grandfather (retired Superintendent of Schools), mother (retired Principal), and brothers (Principal and Assistant Superintendent of Schools). He loves to spend any and all of his free time  with his wife and two children...and two German Shepherd dogs at home.

“Is it good for kids?” is the proverbial question Mr. Andrews always asks. He firmly believes if this remains the focus, despite the myriad of challenges faced in education, our students will be prepared for satisfaction and success in life.


Assistant Principal : Angela Price

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Angela Price is the Assistant Principal of Lawton Chiles Middle Academy. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and her first MS degree in Collaborative Teaching & Learning from Florida Southern College. Mrs. Price went on to obtain her second MS in Educational Leadership at Southeastern University. She has experience from elementary to high school as well as leading professional development for teachers and administrators.

Homegrown in Polk County, Mrs. Price deeply cares for this community and is committed to the idea that everyone has an integral part to play in making our world a better place. She enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two children and travels with family and friends as often as she can.

Mrs. Price believes that every person on campus should give their best every day! This will lead to a sense of accomplishment and help our LCMA family reach common goals.


Academic Dean : Michael Simpson

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Michael Simpson is the Academic Dean of Lawton Chiles Middle Academy. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English: Creative Writing/Poetry in 2007 from Florida Southern College and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from NOVA Southeastern in 2016. He has worked within Polk County Schools since 2009 – spending the entirety of his teaching career in middle schools.

During his free time, Mr. Simpson enjoys adventuring with his wife and daughter.

Mr. Simpson goes by an education philosophy that risks are meant to be taken. Frank Herbert penned in his novel Dune, "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration." Fear, in education, leads to a lack of innovation. A lack of innovation leads to stagnation for both staff and students. It is Mr. Simpson’s belief that the educational process should always be pushed in new directions; sometimes those directions won't work, but we wouldn’t know if we didn’t try. We should always keep pushing to see what new opportunities exist.



Faculty by Subject

Language & Literature

Erin Lavelle

Language & Lit - Gr. 7 & 8

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Kathy McDaniel

Language & Lit - Gr. 7

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Stephanie Narramore

Language & Lit - Gr. 6 & 7

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Sarah Tobias

Language & Lit - Gr. 8

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Amy Whitehurst

Language & Lit – Gr. 7 & 8

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Michelle DiGioia

Math - Gr. 6 - 8

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Gretchen Julius

Math - Gr. 7 & 8

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Asher Poleon

Math - Gr. 7 & 8

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Joy Wolfahrt

Math - Gr. 6 & 7

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George Bartuska

Science - Gr. 7 & 8

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Shannon Butler

Science - Gr. 7

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Jon Coombs

Science - Gr. 6 & 7

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Therese Gibson

Science - Gr. 8

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Allison Sitta

Science - Gr. 6

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Individuals & Societies (Social Studies)

Victoria “Toyi” Hall

Individuals & Societies - Gr. 7

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Trevor Markham

Individuals & Societies - Gr. 6 & 7

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Jonathan Rutledge

Individuals & Societies - Gr. 8

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Debbie Tregler

Individuals & Societies - Gr. 7 & 8

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Amera Wiseman

Individuals & Societies - Gr. 6

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Language Acquisition (Foreign Language)

Monica Barnett

Spanish - Gr. 7 & 8

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Raquel Castillo

Spanish - Gr. 7 & 8

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Erin Chapman

Latin - Gr. 7 & 8


Caleb Colon

Spanish - Gr. 7 & 8

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Veronica Guzman

Spanish - Gr. 6

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Leticia Patient

Spanish - Gr. 6 & 7

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Christina Baker

Orchestra, Chorus, Guitar - Gr. 6 - 8

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Lesa Bland

Gifted & Enviro Symposium- Gr. 6 - 8

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Beverly Brown

PE Coach - Gr. 6 - 8

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Areti Clark

Art - Gr. 6 - 8

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Juan Debrand

PE Coach - Gr. 6 - 8

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Pam Grimes

Reading – Gr. 6 - 8

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Jeanette Ferrell

ITV & Photography- Gr. 6 - 8

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Steven Jones

Creative Writing & Drama - Gr. 6 - 8

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Susan MacDonald

Emerging Tech - Gr. 6 - 8 & Media Specialist

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Michael McElwain

Band - Gr. 6 - 8

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Design (Technology)

Alyssa McKee

Global Tech - Gr. 6 & 8

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Reggie Patterson

Fab Lab - Gr. 6, 7, & 8

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Latoya Wiggins

Global Tech - Gr. 6 & 7

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Elaine Chilson

Guidance Counselor, Students A-K


Victoria Hunt

Guidance Counselor, Students L-Z



Yvonne Abram

Main Office & Attendance Secretary


Carol Baker

Principal’s Secretary


Janet Hughes

Guidance Secretary


LeAnn Stalvey

School Nurse


Support Staff

Shelly Fountain

Gifted Resource


Shelly Gerber

ESE Facilitator


Jennifer Goleno

Testing Coordinator


Donna Haas

School Nutrition Manager


Susie Kallan

IB MYP Coordinator



Heather Lilly

Network Manager & Tech Coordinator


Susan MacDonald

Media Specialist   Class Website


Zoraida Rodriguez

ELL Paraeducator


Jessica Rogers

Front Office Paraeducator