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 myfourteenth year in Elementary Education. I received my bachelor's degree from The University of South... read more

Mr. Backes - Assistant Principal

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Mrs. Hewitt - Principal's Secretary

Hello, MEA Families!! I am super excited to be entering my fourth year here at MEA as the Principal's Secretary / Terminal Operator. It is a pleasure to work with each of you and I'm looking forward to another exciting school year. read more

Mrs. Waldron - Administrative Assistant

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

Kindergarten

Mrs. Chisholm

Welcome Wildcats to McKeel Academy Central! I reside here in Lakeland with my husband, Ryan. I have a son, Justin whom is married & lives in Auburndale. I have a daughter, Morgan who attends PSC & lives in Lakeland. I have a son, Jacob... 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 am married to a wonderful man named Jeff; we have four amazing energetic boys,... read more

Ms. Fox

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Ms. Hall

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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

Miss Maready

What's buzzing wildcats?! I am Miss Maready and I am so excited to be starting my second year of teaching in first grade! I attended Florida Southern College and graduated in 2012 with a bachelor of science degree in Elementary... read more

Mrs. Gilbertsen

Hi Wildcats! I am a graduate of Florida Southern College with a degree in Elementary Education. This is my third 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

Ms. Castles

Let's Go Wildcats! Let's Go! Welcome to 1st grade! I am excited and blessed to be returning to Mckeel. I graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor'sdegree in Elementary Education. Ever since I was a... read more

Ms. Kearney

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2nd Grade

Mrs. Burek

Welcome to 2nd Grade! 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... read more

Mrs. Futch

Hello Wildcats! Welcome to Second Grade! I am so excited to be a part of McKeel Academy Central! I believe learning is an adventure and every child is a capable learner. I enjoy teaching using hands-on experiences in a positive, caring... read more

Mrs. Saunders

Hello! I am Mrs. Saunders and am so excited to be joining the McKeel Academy Central team! My husband and I have been married for seven years. We have two amazing little boys, Nathan (4) and our new addition Evan (14 weeks). We also have two... read more

3rd Grade

Mrs. Long

Hi-My name is Ashley Long and this is my 7th year teaching. I am blessed to have always taught at McKeel Elementary! I had the opportunity to graduate from McKeel Academy of Technology in 2001. Then, after graduating from the University of South... 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 26 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

Here's a little bit of information about me... My husband, Josh, and I are both originally from Greenville, South Carolina. We have been married for five years now! Josh and I happily live in Lakeland along with our dog, Jada. I attended... read more

Ms. Kindle

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4th Grade

Mrs. Lay

Welcome to McKeel Academy Central and to 4th Grade! My name is Somer Lay and this is my 9th year teaching. I love teaching and have a passion for what I do and the children that I teach. I have lived in Lakeland for most of my life. I graduated... read more

Mrs. Stephenson

Welcome to fourth grade! Let me tell you about myself. My husband and I have been married for twenty-one years and we have two sons. Our sons are William and Jonathan. We enjoy the outdoors with activities such as hiking, hunting, and camping.... read more

Ms. Naab

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Ms. Taylor

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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. 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

Mrs. Poppell

My name is Mrs. Poppell. This is my ninth year teaching. I began my my teaching career at McKeel Elementary as a college intern in 2005. Following my graduation from Florida Southern College, I began teaching first grade at McKeel. I taught first... read more

Mrs. Rees

Hello Wildcats! It's hard to believe I will begin my tenth 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

Ms. Hay

I am so excited to be joining the 5th grade team at McKeel Elementary! I grew up a military kid who lived in several different places learning to love the uniqueness in people and places. After working in the banking field for several years, I... read more

6th Grade

Mr. Greatorex

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Mrs. Fagan

Welcome to sixth grade! This will be a new adventure for all of us. This is my ninth year teaching, but my first year teaching sixth grade. I am excited and ready to explore Social Studies and Language Arts with you! I am originally from... read more

Mrs. Hancock

It is my firm belief that every single one of my students has the ability to not only achieve, but to excel to the highest extent that they desire. It is my purpose, and passion to enable this aspiration to become an actualization each and every day... read more

Mrs. Shenefield

Hello Wildcats! Welcome to 6th grade. I am so excited to join MAC this year. This will be my 4th year teaching. I was born and raised in Lakeland, and graduated with my degree in Elementary Education from Florida Southern College. I am married... 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. Massung

This is my seventh 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 forthirteen years. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, a... read more

Ms. Castro

Go Wildcats! This is my sixth year at McKeel Academy Central and I am very excited about being the Technology and Gifted Specialists. I in turn amoverjoyed at the opportunity to be the sixth grade mathematics teacher this school year! In the... read more

Paraprofessionals

Mrs. Beke

Welcome back Wildcats! My name is Christina Beke and I am very excited to be joining the McKeel family this year. I have three children that attend Mckeel as well as a 20 year old step-daughter named Shelby. Peyton is in 9th grade, Johnny is in... read more

Mrs. Sturm

This is my second year with the WILDCATS and I'm as pleased as ever to be part of the McKeel Acadamy Central team! I'm originally from Iowa, married with two grown sons, two cats, and a part time job at Disney's Hollywood... read more

Ms. Daykin

Good day Wildcats! My name is Kristie Daykin; I have been working at McKeel Academy Central for the preceding seven 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. Hosler

Hello Wildcats! This is my 4th year providing IT Support for McKeel and my 2nd year working for MAC. Looking forward to a great year! read more

Mrs. Allman

Hello Wildcats! This is my first 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 eighteen years. I am sincerely looking forward to a healthy... read more