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!”