Staff

Administration

Sheila Gregory : Principal

Sheila Gregory

Principal

sheila.gregory@polk-fl.net
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Bucky Day : Assistant Principal

Bucky Day

Assistant Principal

bucky.day@polk-fl.net
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Amy Scheloske : Assistant Principal

Amy Scheloske

Assistant Principal

amy.scheloske@polk-fl.net
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

William Lay : Assistant Principal II

William Lay

Assistant Principal II

william.lay@polk-fl.net
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Dean

Javae Ingraham : Dean

Javae Ingraham

Dean

javae.ingraham@polk-fl.net Campus
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Testing Coordinator

Michelle Kerstein-Dix : Testing Coordinator

Michelle Kerstein-Dix

Testing Coordinator

michelle.kersteindix@polk-fl.net
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Hello, I'm Mrs. Dix

I have the privilege of being the testing coordinator at KMS. I have been teaching in Polk County for 9 years. I have a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from University of South Florida and a Master’s in Ed Leadership from Florida Southern College.  I am thankful for the opportunity to work with an amazing administrative team and dedicated staff.  I look forward to assisting the staff and students throughout the school year.

Office & Support Staff

Jessica Riddley : Principal's Secretary

Jessica Riddley

Principal's Secretary

jessica.riddley@polk-fl.net
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Sarah Nipper : Terminal Operator

Sarah Nipper

Terminal Operator

sarah.nipper@polk-fl.net
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Brandi Stewart : Secretary

Brandi Stewart

Secretary

audrea.stewart@polk-fl.net
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Elana Tedrick : Discipline Secretary

Elana Tedrick

Discipline Secretary

elana.tedrick@polk-fl.net
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Counselor

Daisy Collins : Guidance Counselor (A-L)

Daisy Collins

Guidance Counselor (A-L)

daisy.collins@polk-fl.net Campus
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Joshua Oliver : Guidance Counselor (M-Z)

Joshua Oliver

Guidance Counselor (M-Z)

joshua.oliver@polk-fl.net Campus
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Special Services Area

Angela Thomas : Media Specialist

Angela Thomas

Media Specialist

angela.thomas@polk-fl.net
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Donna Jarvis : Nurse/LPN

Donna Jarvis

Nurse/LPN

Donna.jarvis@polk-fl.net
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Joseph Weyers : Network Manager

Joseph Weyers

Network Manager

joseph.weyers@polk-fl.net
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Mr. Weyers works on the computers for Kathleen Middle School and assists with Technical needs in and around the classrooms.

Language Arts

Jatericka Connelly : 6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

Jatericka Connelly

6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

jatericka.connelly@polk-fl.net Campus & eLearning
Phone #: 850-583-1306

Bio

Teone Simmons : 6th Grade Language Arts Teacher

Teone Simmons

6th Grade Language Arts Teacher

teone.simmons@polk-fl.net Campus & eLearning
Phone #: 727-859-7734

Bio

Stephen Greene : 7th & 8th Grade Language Arts

Stephen Greene

7th & 8th Grade Language Arts

stephen.greene@polk-fl.net Campus & eLearning
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Shikha Sahay : 6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

Shikha Sahay

6th & 7th Grade Language Arts

shikha.sahay@polk-fl.net eLearning
Phone #: 863-797-4676

Bio

Tracy Zielinski : 7th & 8th Grade Language Arts

Tracy Zielinski

7th & 8th Grade Language Arts

tracy.zielinski@polk-fl.net eLearning
Phone #: 863-225-3486

Bio

Jennifer Trusty : 7th & 8th Grade Language Arts

Jennifer Trusty

7th & 8th Grade Language Arts

jennifer.trusty@polk-fl.net Campus
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Reading

Cherell Alexander : 6th Grade Intensive Reading Teacher

Cherell Alexander

6th Grade Intensive Reading Teacher

cherell.alexander@polk-fl.net Campus & eLearning
Phone #: 863-354-0653

Bio

Melissa Santana Pacheco : ESOL Reading Teacher/ Beg Spanish

Melissa Santana Pacheco

ESOL Reading Teacher/ Beg Spanish

melissa.santana@polk-fl.net eLearning
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Vanessa Edison : 7th & 8th Grade Intensive Reading

Vanessa Edison

7th & 8th Grade Intensive Reading

vanessa.edison@polk-fl.net Campus
Phone #: 813-492-5320

Bio

I am currently teaching 7th and 8th grade Intensive Reading. I have been at Kathleen Middle School since 2016. I am a Georgia native and am pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. My prior teaching experience includes 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Intensive Reading and Language Arts in Haines City, Lake Alfred, FL, and Albany Georgia). In addition, I have taught Adult Basic Education and General Education Development (Tampa, FL and Albany, Georgia).

Yolanda Webster : 7th & 8th Grade Intensive Reading

Yolanda Webster

7th & 8th Grade Intensive Reading

yolanda.webster@polk-fl.net eLearning
Phone #: 863-354-4175

Bio

Hi, I’m Mrs. Webster

I graduated from Saint Leo University with a master’s degree in Business Administration.  I have a certification in Business Education grades 6- 12 and I am Reading Endorsed by the State of Florida Department of Education. I started my journey as a Reading Teacher at Kathleen Middle School in 2016. I am excited to educate students currently in the 7th and 8th grade.

I believe that the true gifts of teaching are those experienced in the classroom (traditional and virtual). My own child has taught me to look at the individual, not to assume anything, and to be flexible toward change.  We're in this journey together; please feel free to communicate with me about your child’s reading development.

You can reach my email at yolanda.webster@polk-fl.net

Manuel Rodriguez : ESOL Reading Teacher

Manuel Rodriguez

ESOL Reading Teacher

manuel.rodriguez@polk-fl.net campus
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Special Ed. Teachers

Ariel Beermann-Young : Special Education Teacher

Ariel Beermann-Young

Special Education Teacher

ariel.beermann-young@polk-fl.net Office Hours: 9:00-12:00 MWF & 1:00-4:00 T Th
Phone #: 863-576-7290

Bio

Molleen Maloney : Special Education Teacher

Molleen Maloney

Special Education Teacher

molleen.maloney@polk-fl.net
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Kim Hicks : ESE Facilitator

Kim Hicks

ESE Facilitator

kim.hicks@polk-fl.net Office Hours: 1:00-4:00 MWF & 11:00-2:00 T Th
Phone #: 321-328-5848

Bio

Sherry Propst : Self Contained ESE Teacher

Sherry Propst

Self Contained ESE Teacher

sherry.propst@polk-fl.net Campus
Phone #: 863-797-4101

Bio

Terry Millican : Self Contained ESE Teacher

Terry Millican

Self Contained ESE Teacher

terry.millican@polk-fl.net Campus
Phone #: 321-351-8476

Bio

Leslieann Diaz : Self Contained ESE Teacher

Leslieann Diaz

Self Contained ESE Teacher

leslieann.diaz@polk-fl.net Campus
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Resource Teachers & Electives

James Cornelius : Chorus Teacher

James Cornelius

Chorus Teacher

james.cornelius@polk-fl.net Office Hours: 9:30-11:00 & 2:00-3:30 M-F
Phone #: 863-797-4797

Bio

Amanda Fleming : Art Teacher

Amanda Fleming

Art Teacher

amanda.fleming@polk-fl.net
Phone #: 863-286-0398

Bio

Zachary Dardis : Band

Zachary Dardis

Band

zachary.dardis@polk-fl.net
Phone #: 863-666-0314

Bio

Teresa Yearicks : Critical Thinking & TV Production Teacher

Teresa Yearicks

Critical Thinking & TV Production Teacher

teresa.yearicks@polk-fl.net Campus & eLearning
Phone #: 863-272-1845

Bio

Mrs. Yearicks is originally from Southern New Jersey and has lived in Lakeland, Florida for the past 17 years. This is her second year teaching Critical Thinking at Kathleen Middle School.

Before KMS, Mrs. Yearicks taught TV Production at Mulberry Middle School for 5 years. She also taught at Griffin Elementary for 10 years as an ESE teacher and the school Network Manager.

Mrs. Yearicks earned her Bachelor's of Arts in Special Education at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. She is certified in Exceptional Education VE K-12, Elementary Education K-6, and Business Education 6-12.

Eric Nettles : Power Academy Teacher

Eric Nettles

Power Academy Teacher

eric.nettles@polk-fl.net Campus & eLearning
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

De’Oni Dew : AVID

De’Oni Dew

AVID

deoni.dew@polk-fl.net Campus & eLearning
Phone #:

Bio

Hello, I’m De’Oni Dew your friendly teacher and Athletic Director. I teach AVID grades 6-8. I genuinely have a great regard for all of my students, and I want you to succeed.

Attributes:

  • Previously taught Math and History
  • Teaching since 2017
  • FSU Seminole
  • Clinical Mental Health Counselor (2021)
  • General School Mom

Email: deoni.dew@polk-fl.net

Selena Paul : Agriculture Teacher

Selena Paul

Agriculture Teacher

selena.paul@polk-fl.net Campus & eLearning
Phone #: 863-546-0313

Bio

Academic Coaches

Kevin Taylor : Science Coach

Kevin Taylor

Science Coach

kevin.taylor@polk-fl.net
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

William Hill : Math Coach

William Hill

Math Coach

william.hill@polk-fl.net
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Hello, I’m Bill Hill this is my first year as the Math Coach at KMS.  I enjoy working with the Math Team and together we are able provide students with the meaningful lessons.

Attributes:

  • 24 Year Veteran Teacher in Polk County
  • 3rd Year at Kathleen Middle
  • 20+ years teaching Mathematics
  •  Varsity Football & Baseball Coach
  • USF Bull
Christine Lipham-Thomas : Reading Coach

Christine Lipham-Thomas

Reading Coach

christine.lipham@polk-fl.net
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Monique Smith : Math Interventionist

Monique Smith

Math Interventionist

monique.smith@polk-fl.net
Phone #: 863-546-1189

Bio

Greetings, I am Monique Smith, Math Interventionist and Title 1 (Parent Contact)

Attributes:

  • Newly Wed
  • 2019 Teacher of the Year
  • 7 years teaching Mathematics
  • SEU Flame
  • Supervisor of Fruit Gathering

Science Teachers

Viki Silberman : 6th Grade Science & Accelerated

Viki Silberman

6th Grade Science & Accelerated

viki.silberman@polk-fl.net Campus & eLearning
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Elizabeth Soto : 7th Accelerated & 8th Grade Science

Elizabeth Soto

7th Accelerated & 8th Grade Science

elizabeth.soto@polk-fl.net Campus & eLearning
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Jheremiah Simon : 8th Grade & Physical Science

Jheremiah Simon

8th Grade & Physical Science

jheremiah.simon@polk-fl.net Campus & eLearning
Phone #: 863-546-1601

Bio

Aaron Duff : 7th Grade Science & Accelerated

Aaron Duff

7th Grade Science & Accelerated

aaron.duff@polk-fl.net Campus & eLearning
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Mary Knox : 7th Grade & Accelerated Science

Mary Knox

7th Grade & Accelerated Science

mary.knox@polk-fl.net Campus & eLearning
Phone #: 863-589-7606

Bio

Patricia Stepp : 6th Grade & 6th Grade Accelerated Science

Patricia Stepp

6th Grade & 6th Grade Accelerated Science

patricia.stepp@polk-fl.net eLearning
Phone #:

Bio

Math Teachers

Joseph Black : Intensive Math Teacher

Joseph Black

Intensive Math Teacher

joseph.black@polk-fl.net Campus
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Hello, Meet Joe Black! I teach 7th grade Math and 7th grade Intensive Math.  I have a love of learning and discipline because I truly care about my students’ futures.

Attributes:

  • Proud Father
  • Degrees in Business, Law, & Sports Management
  • BCU WildCat
  • FSU Seminole
Kristen Felgar : 7th Grade Math

Kristen Felgar

7th Grade Math

kristen.felgar@polk-fl.net eLearning
Phone #: 863-666-0676

Bio

Hello, I'm Ms. Felgar.

I have a bachelors degree in mathematics from Florida Southern college. I have a certification in math education grades 5-9. I have been a teacher at Kathleen Middle school since 2016. I am thankful for the opportunity to teach your students currently in 7th grade and advanced 7th grade math. I can be reached through my email at kristen.felgar@polk-fl.net to answer any questions or provide any necessary support.

Kayla Ritter : 6th Grade Math

Kayla Ritter

6th Grade Math

kayla.ritter@polk-fl.net Campus
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Hi Everyone!

I’m Mrs. Ritter. I teach 6th Grade Math. I am thrilled to be teaching at KMS! Go Tigers! This is my 8th year teaching and I am excited to meet you! I graduated from Florida Southern College and I love camping, coffee, and chocolate.

Email: Kayla.Ritter@polk-fl.net

Chenel Simonville : 6th & 8th Grade Math & Alg 1

Chenel Simonville

6th & 8th Grade Math & Alg 1

chenel.simonville@polk-fl.net Campus & eLearning
Phone #: 863-500-6961

Bio

Hello, I’m Mr. Simonville.  I teach 6th & 8th Grade Math and Algebra 1.

Attributes:

  • 9 Year Veteran Math Teacher
  • Began teaching in Miami, FL
  • Loves Sports Stats
  • FIU Panther
  • NOVA Shark
  • Enjoys Family Time, Playing Pool, Basketball, Travelling
Mikia Kelly : 8th Grade Math & Geometry

Mikia Kelly

8th Grade Math & Geometry

mikia.kelly@polk-fl.net Campus & eLearning
Phone #: 863-692-5749

Bio

Hello, I’m Mikia Kelly.  I teach 8th Grade Math and Geometry.  I love to inspire my students to reach higher heights in math and personal development.  I hope you all continue to reach for your goals!

Attributes:

  • 8 Year Veteran Teacher
  • 6th Year at Kathleen Middle
  • Entrepreneur
  • FAMU Rattler
  • UF Gator
  • Certified Nerd
Taylor Brady : 6th Grade Math

Taylor Brady

6th Grade Math

taylor.brady@polk-fl.net eLearning
Phone #: 863-510-7402

Bio

Hello! I’m Mrs. Brady. I teach 6th Grade Math.  I have loved every minute of teaching at KMS and miss my students terribly! I am excited to start our new journey together through online learning.

Attributes:

  • At KMS since 2017
  • New Mom
  • Star Wars Fan
  • USF Bull

Contact Info:

 

Email: taylor.brady@polk-fl.net

Phone: 863.510.7402

Social Studies Teachers

Jessie Saylor : Ancient World History and US History

Jessie Saylor

Ancient World History and US History

jessie.saylor@polk-fl.net Campus
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Ryan Tarbett : 7th Grade Social Studies

Ryan Tarbett

7th Grade Social Studies

ryan.tarbett@polk-fl.net
Phone #:

Bio

My name is Mr. Tarbett and I am thrilled to be your child’s US History teacher this year! I am a Tampa native and earned my Masters Degree in Social Science Education in Spring of 2018 from the University of South Florida (Go Bulls!). I am a strong proponent of cooperative learning as well as embracing technology both in and out of the classroom. Over the course of this year, I am confident that both your child and I will learn, grow, and succeed together!

Kjersten Mathis : Civics and World History Teacher

Kjersten Mathis

Civics and World History Teacher

kjersten.mathis@polk-fl.net
Phone #:

Bio

Linda Moore : 6th Grade Social Studies

Linda Moore

6th Grade Social Studies

linda.moore@polk-fl.net
Phone #:

Bio

Anne Stemmerman : Civics and World History Teacher

Anne Stemmerman

Civics and World History Teacher

anne.stemmerman@polk-fl.net
Phone #:

Bio

Ashley Jones : US History

Ashley Jones

US History

jatarra.jones@polk-fl.net
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Paraprofessionals & Teachers Aids

Emily Pollack : Paraprofessional Self Contained

Emily Pollack

Paraprofessional Self Contained

emily.pollack@polk-fl.net Campus
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Kaitlynn Berry : ESE Paraprofessional

Kaitlynn Berry

ESE Paraprofessional

kaitlynn.berry@polk-fl.net Campus
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Vickey Lawrence : Paraprofessional Self Contained

Vickey Lawrence

Paraprofessional Self Contained

vickey.lawrence@polk-fl.net Campus
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Delynn Yerkey : Paraprofessional Self Contained

Delynn Yerkey

Paraprofessional Self Contained

delynn.yerkey@polk-fl.net Campus
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Steven Jeune : ESE Paraprofessional

Steven Jeune

ESE Paraprofessional

steven.jeune@polk-fl.net Campus
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Parisha Sheard : Paraprofessional

Parisha Sheard

Paraprofessional

parisha.sheard@polk-fl.net Campus
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Ivy Roman : ESOL Paraprofessional

Ivy Roman

ESOL Paraprofessional

mildred.roman@polk-fl.net Campus
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Karen Williamson : Paraprofessional

Karen Williamson

Paraprofessional

karen.williamson01@polk-fl.net eLearning
Phone #:

Bio

Dining Room/Food Service

Lisette Cruz : Food Service Staff

Lisette Cruz

Food Service Staff

Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Wendy Galbraith : Food Service Staff

Wendy Galbraith

Food Service Staff

Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Jennifer Arroyo : Food Service Staff

Jennifer Arroyo

Food Service Staff

Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Brandy Cruz : Food Service Staff

Brandy Cruz

Food Service Staff

Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Austra Guajardo : Food Service Staff

Austra Guajardo

Food Service Staff

Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Waleska Quiles : Food Service Staff

Waleska Quiles

Food Service Staff

Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Janet Crawford : Food Service Staff

Janet Crawford

Food Service Staff

Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Rose Tyer : Food Service Staff

Rose Tyer

Food Service Staff

Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Denise Abbey : Cafeteria Manager

Denise Abbey

Cafeteria Manager

denise.abbey@polk-fl.net
Phone #: 863-853-6040

Bio

Physical Education

Sean Hendry : 7th Grade PE Teacher

Sean Hendry

7th Grade PE Teacher

sean.hendry@polk-fl.net Office Hours: 10:30-1:30 M-F
Phone #: 321-225-2311

Bio

Lori Raymond : 7/8th Grade PE Teacher

Lori Raymond

7/8th Grade PE Teacher

lori.raymond@polk-fl.net Office Hours: 9:00-10:00 & 1:00-3:00 M-F
Phone #: 863.546-0153

Bio

Mitchell Vandyke : 6th/7th Grade PE Teacher

Mitchell Vandyke

6th/7th Grade PE Teacher

mitchell.vandyke@polk-fl.net Office Hours: 1:00-4:00 M-F
Phone #: 863-888-2533

Bio