Today's Choice for Tomorrow's Future

Potential Specialists

Mr. Tatarka,
Potential Specialist
6th & 7th Grade Discipline

(tatarkan@lake.k12.fl.us)

Mr. Abney,
Potential Specialist
7th & 8th Grade Discipline

(abneye@lake.k12.fl.us)

Mr.  Abney was born in Lake County. He attended Central State University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree. He continued his education attending Florida Atlantic University where he obtained his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Mr. Abney’s teaching experience is extensive. He began in Broward County where he taught both elementary and middle school. 

Mr. Abney has a relentless desire for each and every student to achieve and succeed. His motto is, “ Move Forward with Confidence “... once they believe they can succeed, achievement and success will be theirs! Mr. Abney looks forward to working together with parents and students.. together instilling pride, motivation and a love of knowledge!

Ms. Thomas,
Potential Specialist

(thomasm1@lake.k12.fl.us)

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. 

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 oversee Title 1 Events and Tutoring.