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.email@example.com.
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.
Debbie Donahay graduated from Kathleen High School in 1977. While there, she was a true athletic standout playing the following sports: basketball, volleyball and was on the dive team. After high school, she received an athletic scholarship from Polk Community College in Women’s Volleyball, where she played for two years and attained her AA degree. While in her second year of college, she married Bob Donahay, and they recently celebrated their 40th anniversary. Debbie transferred to Florida Southern College and played softball for two years, declining to play basketball to focus on her degree. In 1981, she graduated with a Bachelor Science degree in Physical Education, K-12. In 1997, she earned a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, this was after years of teaching and having three children. Mrs. Donahay began her teaching career in 1981 as a Physical Education teacher. She has coached numerous sports which included: volleyball, basketball, track, tennis and cheerleading at Bartow Middle School and later at Lake Gibson High School. Debbie move from a teaching position to Dean of Students, and has held her current position of Assistant Principal since 2001. Mrs. Donahay first arrived at Lake Gibson High School in 1981, where she was a student intern, and then return permanently in 1988 and has been a proud Brave for the last 30 years.
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!
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Dr. Cynthia Downing
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