Mrs. Lewis was born in Lakenheath, England. She had a unique childhood as the daughter of a retired Air Force veteran residing in England and Japan during her early childhood. In 1990 her family returned to the United States where she attended and graduated from Sebring High School in 1999. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education K-12 in 2004 from Warner University in Lake Wales, FL. In 2010, she earned her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida.
Mrs. Lewis has spent her entire career in education employed with the Polk County School District. Her career began as a middle school physical education teacher at McLaughlin Middle School in Lake Wales, FL in 2005. Next, she transferred to Kathleen Middle School in Lakeland, FL where she spent the next eight years in the following positions: physical education teacher from 2006 - 2008, administrative assistant from 2008 - 2010, assistant principal of administration from 2010 - 2011, and assistant principal of curriculum from 2011 - 2015. She made her transition to elementary education in 2015 as the Principal of Sandhill Elementary. In 2017, Mrs. Lewis transferred as a principal to Kathleen Elementary. She brings with her a strong cultural background and firmly believes that all students deserve a quality education. She is dedicated to the success of her school and is passionate about the academic achievement of every student.
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” - Robert Collier
Mrs. Williams was born and raised in River Rouge, Michigan, a small city outside of Detroit. She graduated from River Rouge High School with honors in 1997 and moved to Tallahassee, FL to pursue her dream of attending an HBCU. Mrs. Williams is a proud alum of Florida A & M University, where she majored in Elementary Education. After returning from student teaching in Germany in 2011, she taught briefly in the small town she called home, before moving back to Florida. Rashawn taught grades 3-5 at Cleveland Court Elementary for 11 years before moving to the United Arab Emirates to put her ESOL credentials to work. This worldwide experience gave Mrs. Williams a global perspective on education and prepared her for the work of teaching non-English speakers. While in Abu Dhabi, she embraced the culture and the opportunity to obtain her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from American College of Education. Four years later, Mrs. Williams returned to Polk County where she took on a new role of implementing a federal grant that supports first year teachers in our district. For the past 4 years, Mrs. Williams has worked as an i3 Mentor and a District Instructional Coach for grades K-8. She believes in empowering teachers because, ultimately, teachers are on the front lines impacting students daily. It was through being a district coach that she was able to work with and support teachers, students, and staff at 18 different schools around Polk County during the last 4 years. She brings with her a love of literacy and a belief that all students deserve a high- quality education, no matter where they live in the world. Mrs. Williams is married and has 3 children who all attend Polk County Schools. Her favorite quote is: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~Mahta Gandhi