Evans High School Administrative Team
Ms. Kenya Nelson-Warren
Ms. Kenya Nelson-Warren, Principal
Kenya Nelson-Warren is the proud Principal and graduate of Evans High School. She attended Florida State University, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida, and 2 master’s degrees from Troy University in public personnel management and educational leadership. She has a total of 26 years of educational experience with Orange County Public Schools. Ms. Nelson-Warren is an experienced High School Assistant Principal of 12 years with OCPS, and has served at the following high schools: Dr. Phillips High School (3 months), Evans High School (19 years), Apopka High School (4 years), and Olympia High School (1 year). She has also served as a trainer for the Alternative Certification Program (ACP) for new teachers that were non-education majors in OCPS, and she facilitated Great Beginnings sessions for teachers starting their educational career with OCPS as well.
Ms. Nelson-Warren is excited about the opportunity of returning to her alma mater to support the students, faculty and staff, and community of Evans High School. When she is not working, Ms. Nelson-Warren enjoys gardening, cooking, baking, traveling, and spending time with family.
Dr. LaTonya Brown
Ms. Karen Diaz
Dr. Priscilla Reyes
Ms. Ericka Scheid
Mr. Clarence Truitt, Assistant Principal
Clarence Truitt is the Assistant Principal for Mathematics. Mr. Truitt has been a successful educator at both the high school and alternative school levels for over twenty-five years. He graduated from Florida Memorial University with a bachelor’s of science degree in Mathematics, Florida State University with a master’s of science degree in mathematics education and Stetson University with a specialist degree in curriculum and instruction.
After beginning his teaching career in the Miami-Dade County Public School system for 12 years, Mr. Truitt moved to Central Florida and had the pleasure of working at Evans High School for 8 years. After a brief hiatus at Leesburg and Ocoee High Schools as an assistant principal, Mr. Truitt comes back home to Evans High School. He believes that having a partnership and open communication with all stakeholders makes for a successful culture of learning. Mr. Truitt loves to spend quality time with his family and friends when he is not at Evans.
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Mr. Clarence Truitt
Ms. Danielle Allen
Mathematics Instructional Coach
Ms. Sherrall Bass
Ms. Tamara Birdsong
Literacy Lead/English Language Arts Coach
Tamara Birdsong, Literacy Lead/English Language Arts Coach
Tamara Birdsong is the Literacy Lead/English Language Arts Coach. She studied Mass Communications: Public Relations at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, she attended Strayer University and received a bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management. She is currently pursuing her master’s in Educational Leadership.
Prior to embarking upon her career in education, Ms. Birdsong worked in the training department for a telecommunications company for 13 years. Her journey into education began in 2010 here at Evans, where she has contributed professionally as a tutor, program assistant, and Reading Instructor. She is also a proud Evans Trojan alumna. Ms. Birdsong has a zeal for empowering students with the confidence to succeed and believes that all students deserve a rewarding learning environment that is conducive to academic growth.
When she is not working, Ms. Birdsong enjoys making memories with her family and friends, traveling, event planning, and singing.
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Ms. Ashley Harris, Science Instructional Coach
Ms. Ashley Harris
Science Instructional Coach
Ms. Barbara Verity
Curriculum Resource Teacher Instructional Coach
Ms. Barbara Verity, Curriculum Resource Teacher/Assistant Athletic Director for Academics
Barbara Verity is the Curriculum Resource Teacher who aids other teachers in the use of instructional strategies. In addition, she is also the Social Science coach. Ms. Verity spent 12 years teaching various high school social science courses including MYP Humanities and AP Government as well as AVID, in addition to completing four years as the AVID District Coordinator, and the past two years as an Instructional Coach here at Evans. She also does consultant work and training for AVID.
She currently holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary social science education and a master's degree in educational leadership. With her spare time, she loves traveling, seeing movies, and spending quality family time with her two daughters.
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Ms. Nzinga Green, Attendance Dean
Nzinga Green is the administrative dean of attendance at Evans High School. Ms. Green attended West Orange High School and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), where she received her Civil Engineering degree. She worked in industry for many years including NASA; working with young people in the education arena, however, is where she has found her passion. Ms. Green has been with Orange County Public Schools for over 10 years. She has had the opportunity to work in the Safety Department, teach Engineering 1 & 2, Algebra 1, and Geometry. Outside of the classroom ,Ms. Green has coached girls weightlifting and sponsored several clubs.
In her spare time, she enjoys church, CrossFit, photography, and hanging out on the couch with her family laughing!
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Ms. Nzinga Green
Mr. Eric Saxon
Administrative Dean/Athletics Business Manager
Mr. Eric Saxon, Administrative Dean/Athletics Business Manager
Eric R. Saxon, an Orlando native and graduate of Orange County Public Schools, is the literacy instructional coach. He holds bachelor’s degrees in English education and Spanish language and culture education from the University of Central Florida.
He joined OCPS in January 2004. Since then, he has taught varying levels of English ranging from remedial through Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate, Spanish, AVID, SAT/ACT Preparation, adult English classes, student success courses, and served as an administrative dean and instructional coach. Additionally, he has held positions as a professional development consultant and instructional coach with The College Board, an adjunct professor at Valencia College, and public information officer for the City of Orlando.
Mr. Saxon is always conscious that in one way or another, educators are the source of all other jobs and careers. When not at Evans, he is likely with family, reading a book on social psychology, viewing a documentary or historical drama, planning yet another trip to Washington D.C., and/or watching FSU football.
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Mr. Demond Walker, Administrative Dean
Demond Walker was born and raised in West Palm Beach, FL. He graduated from Palm Beach Lakes Community High School. He attended Bethune-Cookman College (now Bethune-Cookman University) earning a bachelor’s in varying exceptionalities and specific learning disabilities. Years later, he attended Nova Southeastern University earning a master’s in educational leadership. He has had varied professional education experiences. Walker worked as a teacher for 6 years, teaching VE classes at the elementary level. He has served in a variety of administrative capacities for several years. He also has several years of experience teaching Adult ESOL classes in West Palm Beach, Orlando Technical College, and Seminole State College. Mr. Walker’s entire professional career has been dedicated to ensuring academic success and social development of children within the K-12 school system. He thoroughly enjoys contributing to the overall success of all children.
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Mr. Demond Walker
Mr. Mikel Whiting
Mr. Mikel Whiting, Administrative Dean
Mikel K. Whiting was born and raised in Tallahassee, FL. He graduated from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU) High School in 1986. Mr. Whiting received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Economics in 1992 and received his master of education degree in June 2014. He has been a member of the education profession since 2002. He has served as a teacher, learning community instructional leader, administrative dean, and assistant principal. He currently oversees transportation services, facilities, clubs, and serves as a resource teacher/administrative dean at Evans High School. He has received numerous awards throughout his career including being recognized by achieving outstanding attendance from Community Education Partners, Inc., outstanding community service and involvement and “Contact of the Year” by Community Blood Centers of Florida, and “Support Person of the Month” by Evans High School. He has been married to his darling wife, Tasha, for 15 years. They have five children, which includes one son, Travis, twin daughters, Autumn and Amber, and two younger daughters, Krystinee and Michai.
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Mr. Gregory Thompson, Athletic Director
Gregory A. Thompson is a lifelong resident of Apopka, Florida. Mr. Thompson graduated from Apopka High School and attended Florida State University on an athletic scholarship for football and Track in 1979. Mr. Thompson graduated from FSU with a bachelor’s in criminology and a certification in corrections. Mr. Thompson returned to his alma mater and began a career in education as an assistant football and track & field coach in 1986. Mr. Thompson has been at Evans High School for more than 25 years, where he has served in various roles, including classroom instructor, administrative dean, and athletic coach.
Mr. Thompson, often called “Coach,” led the boys track team to back to back team state championships in 2005 and 2006. Coach Thompson also led the girls track program to 4 consecutive regional championships. He was named Florida Dairy Farmer's, Orlando Sentinel, and Metro Conference Coach of the Year in the years 2005 and 2006. Coach Thompson holds the distinction of being the only Evans HS coach to ever win back-to-back state championships.
When not at Evans High School, Mr. Thompson enjoys traveling the Caribbean with his wife and playing golf.
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Mr. Gregory Thompson
Ms. Donna Benefiel
College and Career Coordinator
Ms. Donna Benefiel, College and Career Resource Specialist
Donna Benefiel is the College and Career Resource Specialist. The College and Career Resource Center assists students with applying for admission and scholarships for post-secondary education. Ms. Benefiel is originally from Memphis, Tennessee, but has called Florida home for the past 12 years. This is her second year at Evans and 10th year with OCPS. Ms. Benefiel attended the University of Memphis and Florida Atlantic University and has her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Social Studies Education and has taught World History, AP Human Geography, AP World History, and AVID. She has also served as a Dean and a Curriculum Resource Teacher. She brings all of these experiences along with her own experiences of assisting her children in applying for college and financial aid to the College and Career Resource Center. She has one grown son who is an Engineer in Memphis, Tennessee and her two daughters are college athletes at LMU and Brown University.
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Mr. David Berardi, Media Specialist
David Berardi is a Boston transplant who attended the University of Central Florida for his undergrad career. He double majored in biomedical and forensic sciences with a concentration in biochemistry. He then returned to UCF for graduate school as a participant in the Resident Teacher Professional Preparation Program (RTP3) while starting his educational career at Evans High School as an instructor of Chemistry. Mr. Berardi soon added Biology and Anatomy and Physiology to his teaching repertoire within his four years of teaching.
In his fifth faithful year at Evans, Berardi became the Testing Coordinator and remained in that role for two and a half years. Mr. Berardi now serves as the Media Specialist, beginning his tenth year as a Trojan. He is an avid photographer with a passion for travel and art.
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Mr. David Berardi
Ms. Jennifer Bohn
Ms. Jennifer Bohn, SAFE Coordinator
Jennifer Bohn is a student advocate and is passionate about serving and supporting at Evans High School. During her 28 years here, she has served in many capacities and now looks forward to connecting students to their post-secondary options through the College and Career Resource Center. She is also the proud sponsor of the National Beta Club. Ms. Bohn graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in social science education and earned a master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University. She enjoys spending time with her husband and beautiful daughter Mackenzie.
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Mr. Philippe Castel, ESOL Compliance Specialist
Philippe Castel is the ESOL Compliance Specialist. He provides instructional support to teachers to ensure that English Language Learners (or ELLs) receive appropriate accommodations in order to be successful academically. Mr. Castel comes from Paris, France where he graduated from the University of Paris with a master’s degree in English linguistics and educational psychology. He speaks French, Haitian Creole, Spanish, and English. Mr. Castel has been working at Evans HS since 1996. He first started as an ESOL Teacher and was teaching reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills to newcomers. Even though it was difficult to leave the classroom and his students, he became a compliance teacher in 2004. He is now responsible for all the multilingual students and loves to learn about the diverse population and the different cultures represented on campus. He was the girls wrestling coach for two years and he is currently the proud sponsor of the Multicultural Club of Evans HS. He is also a 3rd degree black belt in Judo and loves martial arts.
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Mr. Philippe Castel
ESOL Compliance Specialist
Mr. John Harrell
Ms. Bonnie Norman
Ms. Keila Porter
Lead Guidance Counselor
Ms. Keila Porter, Lead Guidance Counselor
Keila Porter was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico and raised in Orlando, FL. She is a graduate of Orange County Public Schools. Ms. Porter received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in Counseling/Psychology from Troy University. After having worked in Human Resources as a Recruiter in the private sector, she pursued her passion and made the transition to School Counseling in 2009. She started as a middle counselor and then transitioned to high school guidance 3 years later.
When she is not working, Ms. Porter enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her husband, son, and step-children. She loves watching basketball and soccer and is an avid supporter of our local sports teams. Watching her students succeed is one of her main goals and gives her great joy.
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Ms. Schomberg, Testing Coordinator
Laura Schomberg is the Testing and AP Coordinator at Evans High School. Ms. Schomberg attended the University of Alabama before transferring to the University of Central Florida. She has earned a bachelor's degree in Accounting. She worked in the accounting field before going back to the University of Central Florida to earn a bachelor's and then a Master's in Communication Disorders. She started in OCPS as a Speech/Language Clinician at Hiawassee Elementary before eventually becoming a Staffing Specialist at Killarney Elementary School. Ms. Schomberg transitioned from elementary to the Staffing Specialist at Freedom High School. She then took on the roll of Testing Coordinator while still at Freedom High School. When she is not at Evans, she enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and with her dog, Cinnamon.
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Ms. Laura Schomberg
Testing Coordinator /AP Coordinator