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
Ms. Bennett is a Polk County native. She graduated from Bartow High School in 1998, where she served as class president. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism at Florida A& M University in 2002. In 2013, Bennett received her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from National Louis University.
Ms. Bennett began her career in education in 2002, as a substitute teacher. She has subbed for grades k-12. Ironically, while deciding if she was going to take a job as an associate producer for a news station, she decided to answer the call, instead, to become a third grade teacher at Dixieland Elementary. Ms. Bennett was a classroom teacher for 11 years at Dixieland. She was a part of the staff that helped maintain a school grade of an A for eight years. She has taught 3rd & 4th grade. In 2014, she went on to be the reading coach at Griffin Elementary. During that year, Griffin increased its grade by one letter grade. In 2015, she began her career as an Assistant Principal. She has served as an Assistant Principal at Lena Vista Elementary and Bartow Elementary Academy. This year, she completed the Principal Internship Academy Program, through the Gulf Coast Partnership at USF. She is a proud member of the ASBA Board, where she serves as a liaison to support school administrators in Polk County. Ms. Bennett has a love for curriculum and building a solid rapport with students. Her motto is: Every Student Deserves A Comeback Story!!!