Meet Our Faculty & Staff

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Mr. Ben Hopper

  • Seton Hall University-Masters in Educational Leadership Management and Policy
  • University of Florida-B.S. in Zoology with a minor in Secondary Education

Mr. Stefan Gates
Assistant Principal

  • Emporia State University – M.S. Physical Education, Health & Recreation
  • Ashland University – B.S. Education (Health & Physical Education)

Mr. Patrick Pollifrone
Dean of Curriculum

  • The University of South Florida – Masters of Education – Educational Leadership
  • Bowling Green State University-B.S. Integrated Social Studies Education

Joanna Tomlinson
Alumni '03

Dean of Students/English 12

  • University of Central Florida (In progress) M.A. Ed. Leadership
  • University of Central Florida B.A. Creative Writing

Support Staff

Mrs. Karen Mercurio
Adminstrative Assistant to the Principal

Mrs. Susan Garlock
Front Office Reception

Business Office

Dr. Tracy O'Neill
Director of Finance

  • Regent University, VA—Ph.D. in Strategic Leadership
  • Webster University-M.A. in Human Resource Development and Management
  • University of South Florida—B.S in Accounting and Management

Miss Shari Alexander
Business Office Assistant

Mrs. Debbie Butor

Instructional Technology

Mrs. Christa Naylor
Instructional Technology Coordinator/Yearbook Advisor

  • The University of South Florida – M.A. in Library and Information Science
  • Loyola University; Maryland – B.S.
  • Mercer University
  • University of Georgia

Mr. Chris Hall
Computer Technology/Business Instructor

  • University of South Florida – M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction
  • University of Massachusetts – B.S. Business Administration

Guidance Department

Mrs. Ann LaFemina
Director of Academic Services & College Counselor

  • Dowling College- M.S. in Education
  • Dowling College- B.A. in Education

Ms. Lori Lewis
Academic counselor
Grades 9-11
Last names a-k

  • University of North Texas-M.Ed. in Counseling and Student Services
  • University of North Psychology

Mr. Dean Cornelio
Academic Counselor
Grades 9-11
Last Names L-Z

  • Central Connecticut University – Masters in School Counseling
  • Eastern Connecticut State University

Mrs. Kelly Givens
Learning Strategies Instructor

  • Troy State University, Okinawa, Japan- M.S. Social Foundations of Education
  • Nova Southeastern University
  • Florida Atlantic University- B.A. Psychology

Advancement and Development Department

Mrs. Rene Hebda
Director of Institutional Advancement

  • Michigan State University – B.A. Communications

Mrs. Tara McClean
Alumni '96

Director of Development
Alumni Engagement

  • Salve Regina University – Masters in Administration of Justice with a Concentration in International Relations & Business Negotiations
  • Salve Regina University – Bachelors in Administration of Justice with a Concentration in Juvenile Justice

Mrs. Melissa Tomasso
Marketing and Special Events Manager

  • University of Central Florida – B.A. in Journalism with a Concentration in Public Relations and Advertising

Theology Department

Fr. Eric Scanlan
School Chaplain

  • Teresianum, S.T.L. Spirituality
  • Gregorian University, S.T.B. Theology
  • University of Florida, B.S. Marketing/B.A. Political Science

Mr. Scott Scheuer
Alumni '82

Department Chair

  • University of South Florida – B.A. Psychology
  • Manatee Community College – A.A. Liberal Arts
  • St. Leo University
  • Franciscan University
  • St. John Vianney College Seminary

Dr. Sarah H. Gates
Alumni '97


  • Abilene Christian University – Ed. D in Organizational Leadership
  • Barry University – Ed.S in Educational Administration
  • University of South Florida – Masters in Education
  • Saint Leo University – Bachelor of Social Work

Dr. Matthew Ittig

  • Wayne State University- PhD Curriculum and Instruction
  • University of Michigan – M.A. Liberal Studies
  • Central Michigan University – B.S. Liberal Studies

Mr. Timothy Shipe

  • Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio-M.A.
  • Ohio State University-B.A.and M.A.

Arts Department

Mrs. Fran Topp
Department Chair

  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago – B.F.A. Art Education

Miss Kyle Lacertosa
Performing Arts

  • University of Central Florida – B.A. Theatre Studies

Mrs. Cindi McCarthy

  • National-Louis University – M. Ed.
  • Florida State University – B.M.E. Music Education

English Department

Mr. Thomas Scheip
Alumni '11

English Department Chair

  • Florida State University – B.A. in English

Ms. Allison Amaro

  • University of Tampa – Creative Writing
  • Boston University – B.S. English

Mrs. Ellie Brien

  • Fransciscan Universtiy- B.A. English Literature

Mrs. Kate Hart

  • The University of North Carolina  – M.Ed. in Reading Education K12
  • The University of North Carolina  – B.A. in English and French Education

Mrs. Betty Rogers

  • The Citadel – M.A. Education (English)
  • University of South Carolina – B.A. English Education
  • University of South Florida

Foreign Languages Department

Mrs. Melissa Masters
Spanish Department Chair

  • University of South Florida-M.A in Spanish Language and Literature,
    M.A in Applied Linguistics with Emphasis in TESOL
  • Universidad de Pamplona (Colombia, South America)-Bachelor of Education

Ms. Kimberly Stinson

  • Wayne State University- Masters in Bilingual/bicultural education with a concentration in ESOL
  • Oakland University – BA in Spanish Language and Literature

Mrs. Lucy Hiller

  • Western Connecticut State University-BS Spanish Culture
  • Boston State University-Bi-Lingual, Bi-Culture ED.
  • Salem State College-French Education

Math Department

Mrs. Jennifer Heenan
Mathematics Department Chair

  • Gannon University – M.Ed. in Education Curriculum and Instruction
  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania – B.S.Mathematics- Secondary Education

Mr. Ben Farmer

  • Cleveland State University-M.Ed. in Education
  • Bowling Green State University-B.S. in Business Administration

Ms. Kaitlyn Hollister

  • Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education – M.Ed. Learning & Design
  • University of California, Santa Barbara – B.A. Biological Sciences

Mrs. Julie Matheny

  • Ohio State University – M.Ed. Secondary Math Education
  • Ohio State University – B.S. Mathematics

Mrs. Beverly Hall-Hamilton

  • Mico University Jamaica- B.S. Mathematics
  • University Of The West Indies Jamaica- B.A Linguistic

Athletic Department

Mr. Larry Antonucci
Athletic Director

  • Wagner College-B.S.A Education

Mrs. Julie Santiago
Assistant Athletic Director

  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas – M.S. Sport and Leisure Service Management
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas – B.A. Communication Studies

Mr. Austin Hamilton
HOPE/Physical Education

  • Northwood University – B.S. Business
  • California State University Long Beach – Physical Education
  • Lansing Community College – EMT Academy

Science Department

Dr. Andrea 'Rene' Massengale
Science Department Chair

  • West Virginia School of Medicine – PhD in Microbiology and Immunology
  • Baylor University – M.S. in Biomedical Sciences
  • Baylor University – B.A. in Biology

Mrs. Michele Dailey Alumni '06

  • University of South Florida- Masters in Teaching
  • Duquesne University- Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)

Mr. Robert Greene Alumni '79

  • Ursinus College – B.S. Biology
  • University of South Florida

Mr. Joe Hayden Alumni '76

  • U.S. Naval Academy- B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Mr. Randell Heidel

  • Seton Hall University – M.A. Educational Leadership, Management, and Policy

  • Stockton University – B.S. Marine Science (Physical/Chemical Oceanography)

  • Stockton University – B.A. in Education

Social Studies Department

Mr. Clayton Slentz
Department Chair of Social Studies

  • University of History
  • University of Florida-B.A. in History and Political Science

Mr. Jared Clark
Alumni '00

Social Studies

  • The University of Notre Dame-B.A. Business Management

Ms. Clare McVey
Social Studies

  • University of Saint Francis – M.S. in Education
  • Saint Mary’s College – B.A. in History/Biology

Mr. Scott Ruane
Alumni '10

Social Studies

  • Ave Maria Political Economy and Government

Mr. Will Schenerlein
Social Studies

  • Salem University- M.Ed Education Administration
  • West Liberty University- B.S. Social Science Education


Mr. Dan Koon
Head of Maintenance

Mr. Ryan Barnhouse

Mr. Randy Smith

Mr. Ron Mockosher

School Safety

Deputy Jeff McCroskey
Sarasota County Deputy