Administration

Mrs. Spurgeon - Principal

Welcome to McKeelAcademy Central (formerly McKeel Elementary Academy)! I am excited to be part of The Schools of McKeel Academy. This is my fifteenth year in Elementary Education. I received my bachelor's degree from The University of South... read more

Mr. Backes - Assistant Principal

Welcome to McKeel Academy Central. I am excited to be a part of the McKeel Academy Central Family. I have been with The Schools of McKeel Academy for 12 years and I am entering my sixth year in administration. I received my bachelor’s... read more

Mrs. Hewitt - Principal's Secretary

Hello, MAC Families!! I am super excited to be entering my seventh year here at McKeel Academy Centralas the Principal's Secretary. It is a pleasure to work with each of you and I'm looking forward to another exciting school year. read more

Mrs. Waldron - Terminal Operator

Hi Wildcats! I am so excited to start my second year with McKeel Academy Central! I am currently attending Polk State College to earn my Associate’s Degree in Human Resources. I am looking forward to a great school year, so let’s... read more

Mrs. Butler - Receptionist

Hi Wildcats! This is my ninth year working for The Schools of McKeel Academy. I am so excited to now be a part of the McKeel Academy Central family!! I attended Auburn University where I studied Accounting/Finance. My husband and I are... read more

Kindergarten

Mrs. Chisholm

Welcome Wildcats to McKeel Academy Central! I graduated from Webber College with my Business Management degree and worked my way into a Bank Manager position. I then pursued a position with State Farm and got my auto insurance license. I then... read more

Mrs. Fox

Welcome to Kindergarten! I am excited to be joining the McKeel family! This is my sixth year teaching. I graduated from Southeastern University here in Lakeland. I can't wait to share all the fun things we're going to do and learn... read more

Mrs. Hall

Welcome to Kindergarten Wildcats! I am so excited to be a part of the MAC family this year! My name is Brittany Hall and this is my first year teaching at McKeel Academy Central. I am really happy to be starting my sixth year teaching... read more

Mrs. Newton

Hi Wildcats!!! Welcome to Kindergarten. I am very excited to be a part of the MAC Kindergarten team! Let me tell you a little about me… I graduated from Kathleen High School and then moved on to PSC, where I earned a... read more

Ms. Minick

Hi, my name is Cathy Minick and I love being on the McKeel Kindergarten team! I have been teaching for 30+ years. I graduated from Florida Atlantic University. I have done all my teaching in Lakeland. I am certified to teach: early childhood,... read more

1st Grade

Mrs. Gilbertsen

Hi Wildcats! I am a graduate of Florida Southern College with a degree in Elementary Education. This is my fourth year of teaching and I have been part of the McKeel family since 2006. I am very happy to be part of the first grade teamat McKeel... read more

Mrs. Kearney

Welcome to 1st grade wildcats! I am very excited to be joining the MAC family this year. My name is Mrs. Kearney this is my seventh year teaching. I have taught first grade and second grade out of those years. I graduated from USF in 2008 with... read more

Mrs. Long

Hi-My name is Ashley Long and this is my 8th year teaching. I am blessed to have always taught at McKeel Central! I had the opportunity to graduate from McKeel Academy of Technology in 2001. Then, after graduating from the University of South... read more

Ms. Castles

Hi Wildcat friends! Welcome to 1st grade! I am excited and blessed to be returning to McKeel for my 3rd year. Altogether, this will be my 6th year as a teacher. I graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor'sdegree in... read more

2nd Grade

Miss Maready

I am Miss Maready and I have been teaching since 2012. I attended Florida Southern College and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. I love teaching and have felt from a very young age a calling to make a... read more

Mrs. Burek

Hello Wildcats! Atlantis Burek is a graduate of Southeastern University obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Mrs. Burek also holds a Masters in Arts degree in Education specializing in Curriculum Instruction from Nova... read more

Mrs. Futch

Hello Wildcats! I am so thrilled to be a part of McKeel Academy Central! It is my belief that learning is an adventure and every child is a capable learner. I enjoy teaching using hands-on experiences in a positive, caring environment. A... read more

Mrs. Saunders

Hello! I am Mrs. Saunders and am so excited to be a part of the McKeel Academy Central team again! My husband and I have been married for seven years. We have two amazing little boys, Nathan (4) and Evan (9 months). We also have two sweet... read more

3rd Grade

Mrs. Kindle

Hi Wildcats! I am so excited to be joining the McKeel Academy Central family this year in 3rd grade. This is my 12th year teaching in 3rd grade. I graduated in 2003 with my bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Bowling Green... read more

Mrs. Masters

Thomas Edison once said, "I never did a day's work in my life. It was all fun." Those words express my feelings about the 27 years I have had the privilege of teaching and learning with my students from grades kindergarten all the way to fifth... read more

Mrs. O'Connor

MAC Wildcats are the Best! I am so excited for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year! This is my seventh year teaching! My McKeel journey all began with an internship at South McKeel Academy in 1st grade.Right after my undergrad programs... read more

Mrs. Poppell

Welcome Wildcats, new and old! I am thrilled to be entering my tenth year of teaching. McKeel has been my home away from home since I began my my teaching career at McKeel Elementary as a college intern in 2005. Following my graduation from... read more

4th Grade

Mrs. Dougherty

I am thrilled to be apart of the Wildcat Family! I have been teaching for 7 years and this is my 4th year in fourth grade. I graduated from Florida Southern College with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 2008, and am currently... read more

Mrs. Rees

Hello Wildcats! It's hard to believe I will begin myeleventh year teaching at McKeel Academy Central! Time goes by so quickly!Being a teacher at McKeel far exceeds any of myexpectationsin the world of education.McKeel truly has... read more

Mrs. Stephenson

Welcome Wildcats! Teaching is an exciting adventure that I learn from everyday. I started in education as a paraprofessional 15 years ago. I had the privilege of working at MAC thefirst year it was opened as a paraprofessional. I finished my... read more

Mrs. Taylor

"Educate the mind to think, the heart to feel, and the body to act." -Troy University Motto Hello McKeel Wildcats! I am excited to be joining the McKeel Central staff this year. After working in insurance for several years, I realized that... read more

5th Grade

Mrs. Harris

Welcome to 5th Grade, Wildcats! I am so excited to be joining the 5th grade team this year! This is my nineteenth year teaching and my tenth year being a part of The Schools of McKeel Academy. I have spent the last eight years... read more

Mrs. Lay

Welcome to McKeel Academy Central and to 5th grade! My name is Somer Lay and this is my 10th year teaching. I am excited to be a part of the 5th grade team this year! I love teaching and have a passion for what I do and the children that I... read more

Mrs. McKnight

My name is Heather McKnight. I am originally from Indiana where I graduated from the University of Evansville with a degree in Elementary Education. I moved to Florida after I graduated to pursue a teaching career. I have been blessed to call myself... read more

Ms. Hay

Welcome Back Wildcats! I hope everyone had a great summer and is ready for 5th grade! This will be my 12th year of teaching and mythird year in 5th grade. After working in the banking world for fourteen years and completing my education at... read more

6th Grade

Mr. Greatorex

6th grade math is going to be amazing!! This will be my 7th year teaching math and my first with the Schools of Mckeel. It is exciting to be a Wildcat! I previously taught Algebra 1 and Geometry Honors at the high school level. I am... read more

Mrs. Fagan

Welcome to sixth grade! I am looking forward to exploring the ancient world with you in my Social Studies class. This is my tenth year of teaching, and my second year teaching sixth grade. I am excited to dig into the content I have planned. I... read more

Mrs. Hurd

Hello, Wildcats! I am so excited to be teaching 6th grade at McKeel Academy Central this year! I graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a Bachelor's degree in English and Elementary Education and have been teaching for nine... read more

Mrs. Shenefield

Hello Wildcats! Welcome to 6th grade. I am so excited to return to MAC this year. This will be my 5th year teaching. I was born and raised in Lakeland, and graduated with my degree in Elementary Education from Florida Southern College. I will... read more

Specialists

Coach Simpson

Welcome to Physical Education Wildcats! I am Coach Simpson or Coach S (whichever you prefer!) and I am extremely excited to be at McKeel Academy Central!I graduated with my undergraduate degree from Southeastern University, while playing... read more

Mrs. Cunningham

Hi Wildcats!!! I'm so excited to be your music teacher this year! I've been an elementary music teacher in Polk County for 15 years now and I absolutely love it! I live on a farm with my husband and two daughters. I... read more

Mrs. Massung

This is my eighth year working for The Schools of McKeel Academy and I am very excited about being a part of the McKeel Academy Central family once again! I have been teaching for fourteen years. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, a... read more

Ms. Castro

Go Wildcats! This is my seventh year at McKeel Academy Central and I am very excited about being the Technology Specialist and the Teacher of the Gifted. I earned my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Florida Southern College, and my... read more

Paraprofessionals

Mrs. Beke

Welcome back Wildcats! My name is Christina Beke and this will be my third year at McKeel Academy Central. I'm super excited to be the Second and Third grade Para this year!!! I look forward to yet another exciting year and am so... read more

Mrs. Clayton

This is my 15th year working in the school system and my 5th year at McKeel Academy Central! I work in the MAC Media Center and love getting my students excited about reading! I attended Hillsborough Community College and Webber University.... read more

Mrs. Neuman

Hi Wildcats! My name is Jessica Neuman. I graduated from Southeastern University with a Bachelors in Education and recently joined the McKeel family as the kindergarten and 1st grade Para. I am married to Nathan who works at Polk State College... read more

Mrs. Sturm

This is my third year with the WILDCATS and I'm as pleased as ever to be part of the McKeel Academy Central team! In the past i have had the privilege of working with first through third and am currently working with fourth through sixth... read more

Ms. Daykin

Good day Wildcats! My name is Kristie Daykin; I have been working at McKeel Academy Central for the preceding eight years, and I have enjoyed every minute! This year I am working alongside Coach Simpson as the P.E. paraprofessional. I feel... read more

Support Staff

Mr. Claxton

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Mrs. Allman

Hello Wildcats! This is my second year working for The Schools of McKeel Academy. I am thoroughly excited to be a part of the McKeel Academy Central family! I have been a nurse for nineteen years. I am sincerely looking forward to a healthy... read more