Dr. Kathryn Blackburn
Dr. Kathryn Blackburn received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of North Carolina, obtaining a Master's in Educational Leadership from Nova University. After teaching in the classroom, she furthered her career, becoming a Reading Academic Coach, then an Assistant Principal. Dr. Blackburn went on to complete her Doctoral Degree at the University of South Florida, where she is currently a Professor.
Assistant Prinicipal-7th grade
Laura Bailey, our assistant principal of curriculum, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Language Arts and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Her teaching career consists of eight years as an English teacher (grades 6-12). Her experience also includes working with discipline and curriculum as a dean of students at Homer K. Addair Career Academy for two years.
Assistant Principal - 8th Grade
Doleciea Hearns, the assistant principal of administration, has a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Social Science and Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida. Mrs. Hearns taught in the classroom for 6 years, as an ESE teacher, before taking on leadership roles. She Served as a Dean of Discipline at Lakeland High School for a year, later serving as Sleepy Hill Middle's LEA Facilitator; becoming the assistant principal in 2013.
Assistant Prinicipal II-6th grade
Jennifer Bookhamer was raised in the Tampa Bay area, earning a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Psychology, later earning her Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Leo University. Mrs. Bookhamer taught Language Arts and Reading throughout Polk county school district. She would then join the Sleepy Hill Middle School staff in 2012 as the Academic Literacy Coach, before becoming one of our assistant principals.
Assistant Principal II
Rayna Kieffer is a graduate of Miami University (International Studies), University of Southern Indiana (English & Secondary Education), Indiana Wesleyan University (Masters of Education), and Eastern Illinois University (Certificate of Educational Leadership). After having taught middle and high school English in southern Illinois for 10 years, she moved to Lakeland in search of sunshine. She began her Polk County career at Crystal Lake Middle where she was an English teacher, Reading Coach, Reading Interventionist, and Teacher Resource Specialist Trainer for 7 and ½ years. She moved to Sleepy Hill Middle in January 2016 as the Reading Interventionist. From the Fall of 2016 until November 2017, she was the Reading Coach before being appointed as an Assistant Principal.