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Thomas Lashley, Principal

about 1 year ago


-  Born September 23, 1967 

-  Been an educator for over 25 years

-  Graduated from Suwannee High School in 1985

-  Graduated with a pre-med degree from Berry College in Rome, Georgia in 1990 (Biology major, chemistry minor)

-  Graduated from Valdosta State University in 1996 with a Master’s in Educational Leadership

-  Taught High School Science from 1990-1997.  Coached baseball, softball and football during that time.

-  Successful college baseball player (all 4 years)

-  Have had two suspense novels published

-  Began school administration career in 1997

-  4 children (Connor, Ellen, Madelyn, and Edward)

-  Curriculum design was focus area of Master’s.  Have worked in that arena much during my career.

-  Curriculum Director, Principal, District Director of Non Instructional Personnel, and Asst. Principal 

-  Superintendant Of Schools in two States (Montana and Florida)

-   West Side Team Lead for Differentiated Accountability Region 2 (worked closely with all schools in Columbia County for School Improvement) for the Florida Dept. of Education.

-  Owned two Sylvan Learning Centers (Live Oak and Lake City) from 2005 to 2012.  Was one of the largest NCLB tutoring vendors in North Florida, serving 5 counties, including Columbia.  During that period the two Sylvan centers served over 2000 total students (public and private combined).

-  Hobbies include writing, reading, cooking, hunting, fishing and coaching ball.

Dr. Susan Summers, Assistant Principal

over 2 years ago

Educational Experience

Columbia County Schools system, 2000 – present

• Since 2008 - Assistant Principal at Fort White Elementary School, Fort White High School, and Richardson Middle School
• Founded, administered and taught English Language Arts and Research Methods in S.A.I.L., this county’s first and only Pre-AP academy for high achieving middle school students
• Middle School gifted enrichment teacher at the Chrysalis Enrichment Center, 2002 – 2008
• English Language Arts teacher at Lake City Middle School, 2001
• Varying Exceptionalities ESE teacher at Columbia High School, 2000
• Tutor at Summers Elementary School, spring of 2000
• National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescence English Language Arts 1975 – 2000
• Flagler College – strategic planning consultant on the college’s Tallahassee site, now operating
• Jacksonville University – founding Dean of the College of Lifelong Learning
• University of Florida, Assistant Director of the Institute for Higher Education and graduate research assistant
• Lake City Community College (now Florida Gateway College) – Division Chairperson of Extended Studies; adjunct faculty in the social sciences


• Ph.D. in Higher Education, University of Florida
• Master of Rehabilitation Counseling, University of Florida
• Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology, Florida State University
• Graduate of Columbia High School, Lake City Middle School, and Melrose Park Elementary