Ryan Vann graduated from Lake Gibson High in 1997 and is proud to be a product of the Polk County Public Schools system. Ryan grew up in North Lakeland while attending area elementary and middle schools. Mr. Vann received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies Education, Secondary Education (2003) and Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University (2008). Mr. Vann began his career with Polk County Public Schools in 2000, as a Physical Education paraprofessional. He began his teaching career in 2003, at Lake Gibson High School as a Social Studies teacher. He has also served as a Dean of Students, Athletic Director, and Assistant Principal of Curriculum. Mr. Vann was appointed Principal of Lake Gibson High School in September of 2016.
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Elizabeth DeShazor began her educational career with the Polk County School District in 2002. Her background is in Elementary Education and she taught at Socrum Elementary for 5 years. Mrs. DeShazor accepted a position at Lake Gibson High School, as a Dean of Students in 2007 and in 2016, she became an Assistant Principal. Mrs. DeShazor graduated from Lake Gibson High School. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Florida Southern College. Then, earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from University of South Florida. She is originally from Long Island, New York. Mrs. DeShazor believes with hard work and perseverance that we can reach every student. The key to success is working hard and keeping students actively engaged at all times in and out of the classroom. She is available to help you and your child with any questions and/or concerns you may have. Mrs. DeShazor is fluent in Spanish. If you need assistance, please feel free to email her at Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matt Diaz was born in New York City and moved to the north Lakeland area when he was 6. He attended Padgett Elementary, Wendall Watson Elementary, and Lake Gibson Middle. Diaz graduated from Lake Gibson High School in 1999. He played baseball for Polk State College where he earned his Associates in Arts degree in 2001. Diaz then played baseball at Warner Southern University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies Education (2004). Diaz began his career with Polk County Public Schools in 2004, as a Social Studies teacher and taught in the classroom for 7 years at Lake Gibson High School. He went on to earn his Masters of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University (2009). Diaz then became dean of students and served as Athletic Director at LGHS for 5 years. He also coached baseball at LGHS for 14 years and was the Head Coach in 2012. Diaz was named as Assistant Principal II in 2017.
Summer Fisher graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida. In 2008, she began her teaching career at McLaughlin Middle School where she taught Intensive Reading classes and later went on to George Jenkins High School’s Freshmen Academy where she taught both Intensive Reading and Language Arts. In 2013, she was appointed the Literacy Coach position and, in 2016, the assistant principal position at Tenoroc High School. Ms. Fisher continues her work as an assistant principal here at Lake Gibson High School and is very proud to be part of the Braves family!
Mrs. Whitaker is a proud Polk County native and LGHS alumna. She was born and raised in Lakeland, attended Wendell Watson Elementary School, Lawton Chiles Middle Academy, and Lake Gibson High School, from which she graduated in 2004. She then attended the University of South Florida in Tampa and graduated in 2008 with her bachelor’s degree in Social Science Education. In 2017 she earned her master’s degree in educational leadership from the American College of Education. Mrs. Whitaker taught intensive reading for four years and social studies for four years at Lake Gibson from 2009-2017. From 2017-2020 she served as the Literacy Coach at Lake Gibson. She is excited and grateful to be serving the LG community in the capacity of assistant principal at the very school that shaped her own love of learning! Go Braves!
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Brent Jorge was born and raised in Lakeland, Florida while attending Lincoln Avenue Academy, Lawton Chiles, and graduated from Lake Gibson High School in 2009. Jorge attended Campbell University on a wrestling scholarship where he graduated with his bachelor’s in social science with a teacher licensure in 2014. He then went on to earning his master’s degree in Educational Leadership through The American College of Education. Jorge knew he wanted to come back home to Lake Gibson and give back to the community that has given so much to him. Since the start of his teaching career here at Lake Gibson in 2014, Jorge has taught AP Human Geography, AP World History, World History, psychology, Economics, and US Government while being the assistant wrestling coach. Mr. Jorge moved into the role of Dean of Students in 2019.
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David Ulch graduated from Lincoln Park High School in Lincoln Park, Michigan before enlisting into the United States Marine Corps in 2004 as an infantry Marine. After the Marine Corps, he moved to Tampa, Florida and graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Social Science Education. In 2012, he began his teaching career at Lake Gibson High School teaching subjects such as AP Macroeconomics, U.S. History, American Government, and Holocaust Studies over the next 7 years. While teaching, he earned his Masters from the American College of Education in Educational Leadership and became a dean during the 2018-2019 school year.
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