We are excited to announce Dr. Linda Ray will be joining our team as Interim Principal for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year. Dr. Ray brings a wealth of educational experience with her to Cypress Junction Montessori and we are fortunate to have found such a dedicated and passionate educator to see us through our inaugural year. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Ray to our CJM community!
“It is a pleasure to serve as interim principal of Cypress Junction Montessori. During these 3 months, I am committed in ensuring the continued success of Cypress Junction Montessori. I have been an educator for more than 32 years in Polk County and education is my passion. I am a native Floridian and grew up in Fuller Heights a rural community outside of Mulberry, Florida. I graduated from Mulberry High School in 1973 and Polk Community College in May 1979 with an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration. I continued my education at Florida Southern College and graduated in 1980 with a B.S. in Business Administration. Upon graduation, my goal was to pursue a career in banking and I never gave education a consideration. I began to substitute teach while seeking employment in the banking industry. I was encouraged by a principal to study for my teaching
credentials. In 1983, I began teaching social studies, math, science and business classes at Mulberry Middle School and later became a teacher in the Computer Alternative Program for at risk students at Mulberry High School.
In 1990, I received a Masters in Educational Leadership and became the Dean of Students at Mulberry High School. In 1991, my husband and I moved to Winter Haven and I served as a dean,
and eventually assistant principal at Winter Haven High School, Denison Middle and Jewett Academy. In 2004, I became a principal at Janie Howard Wilson for three years and received my
Doctor of Education during my tenure at the school. I have served in the capacity of principal at Jessie Keen Elementary, Jewett Academy and retired as principal of Lake Alfred Addair Middle. In the words of Robert Frost – Two roads diverged in a wood and I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference. I am looking forward to being a part of the education arena once again!”
Cypress Junction Montessori admits students of any race, color, religion, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.