Mr. Dunham, Potential Specialist/7th Grade Discipline
Mr. Dunham was born and raised in Lake County Florida. After graduating from Eustis High School in 2001, Mr. Dunham attended Lake Sumter Community College before enrolling at the University of Central Florida. He obtained degrees in Social Science Education 6-12 and went on to obtain master degrees in Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Supervision and Administration K-12 from the University of Phoenix.
Mr. Dunham began his career as a history teacher and coached both football and women’s basketball in Seminole and Orange County Public Schools. He has had opportunities to serve as a teacher and leader in Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. While completing his principal leadership training in Orange County Public Schools, Mr. Dunham had various roles that developed his leadership skills including Advanced Placement Coordinator, PBIS Coach, MTSS Coach, Athletic Director, and Magnet Coordinator.
He has also developed and worked under various mentor programs including 21st Century learning with the Boys & Girls Club of America, Minority Leadership Scholars and the My Brother’s Keeper initiative. Mr. Dunham transferred to Carver Middle School to help serve the Lake County community that has done so much to develop who he is as a person. His mission is to encourage change in communities by helping students reach their goals academically and develop pride for their respective communities that they come from. Mr. Dunham’s favorite quote as an educator is one from Malcolm X that says, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today”.
Mr. Dunham looks forward to contributing to the success of Carver Middle School and developing leaders of tomorrow.
Ms. Thomas, Potential Specialist
Ms. Thomas was born and raised in South Florida. She attended Lake Sumter Community College earning her Associates Degree in Internet Services before enrolling at Saint Leo University. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. In 2017, she earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Education, focusing on Innovation and Technology and Personalized Learning from Capella University.
Beginning her career at Carver Middle school in 2011 as a substitute teacher, Ms. Thomas later accepted a permanent position as the Literacy Paraprofessional and later served as ESE Clerk then Data Clerk for nearly four years.
Ms. Thomas looks forward to continuing to serve the students of Carver Middle school by pushing students to their full potential. One of her favorite quotes is by Rita Pierson: “Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power and insists they can become the best they can possibly be.” She also firmly believes Pierson’s motto, “I am somebody. I was somebody when I came. I’ll be a better somebody when I leave. I am powerful, and I am strong. I deserve the education that I get here,” should be heard by students several times a week. Ms. Thomas understands there are many students that may not have support and encouragement at home. Educators at Carver Middle should provide these each day.
In addition to her role as Potential Specialist, Ms. Thomas also oversees all of Carver Middle’s social media accounts and website. She will also be working with a team of fellow educators to start Carver’s first Girl’s Mentoring Group, help with Title 1 Events and Tutoring.