Several Gulf teachers and other staff members will retire at the end of the school year or transfer to other schools.
Jenna Ferry will transfer to River Ridge Middle School, were she will be an administrative intern. This is the step taken before a teacher becomes a school administrator. Mrs. Ferry (known to some former students as Ms. Bigley) joined the Gulf faculty at the start of the 2005-06 school year. This year she taught AP Human Geography and AP World History. She is a former Gulf Teacher of the Year.
Jeannette McCabe will retire at the end of the school year. She started at Gulf at the start of the 2006-07 school year. Here she taught all levels of English, but mostly 12th grade. Before coming to Gulf she was a director and teacher at Sylvan Learning Center in Palm Harbor and Westchase. She taught for 18 years at Dunedin High School.
Jeff Miller will retire at the end of the school year. He started at Gulf in January 1995. He was for many years the sponsor of the Gulf High Mathematics Honor Society and is a former Gulf Teacher of the Year. He has maintained the school web site almost from the time it started, and maintains numerous other web sites. The list is here.
Clara Rodriguez will retire at the end of the school year. She started at Gulf in 1995, and has taught English, history, music, math, dance, and Spanish, although in recent years she has taught only Spanish. She came here from New York in 1988. She formerly taught middle school at IS #116 in the Bronx. She says she plans to visit her grandkids and volunteer for guardian ad litem.
Marianne Romano will retire at the end of the school year. She has held the position of guidance secretary at Gulf High School since January 1987. She had moved to Florida in 1984. She says that she has enjoyed working with the guidance counselors and all of the teachers at Gulf. She says she plans make trips to New Jersey to visit family members.
Daniel Uchacz will transfer to the new Cypress Creek Middle/High School. He has taught science at Gulf since the start of the 2006-07 school year. He says he will miss the people at Gulf High School, but it’s easy to see why he is making the change. Mr. Uchacz lives in Wesley Chapel, and the drive one way to work will decrease from one hour to five minutes. His two boys will attend Cypress Creek when they are older.
Dustra Haynes will transfer to the new Cypress Creek Middle/High School. She joined our faculty in the middle of the 2014-15 school year, and has taught Physical Science and Physical Science Honors. Mrs. Haynes had earlier taught science at Gulf Middle School for seven years. She will be moving to Wesley Chapel.
In addition, Schawn Flores, an EBD teacher, will not be returning next year, but does not plan to transfer to another school. Barbara Clarke, an ESE instructional assistant, will retire.
This article may be further updated later.