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Amy Abdallah is a Transition Assistant in Career Explorations. She joined the GHS faculty in Feb 2020.  She has a BBA in Business Administration – Marketing from the Carl H Lindner College of Business – University of Cincinnati.  Originally working in the area of budget and supply management, she took of several years be a stay at home mom of 3.  She returned to work as a Substitute Teacher and Job Coach in New Jersey.  She is an avid volunteer which included being a Master Gardener in NJ which is one of her hobbies. She enjoys working with the students and being on Team INcreDible.

Bert Anderson is one of the science teachers at Gulf High School. He earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Tampa and he earned an M.S. in Ecology and Evolution from the University of South Florida. He was born in Chicago, educated in Minnesota, and lived in New York while enlisted in the Army but he has found his way to New Port Richey at last. He sponsors the Automotive Maintenance club, where students take a hands on approach to learning how to care for their cars, as well as sponsoring the Chess and Board Games club where students can play friendly or competitive games and spend a little social time away from their phones.

Crystal Blatchley is a math teacher who joined the Gulf faculty at the start of the 2010-2011 school year, coming here from Hudson High School. She previously taught at Collins Middle School in Collins, Mississippi, and in Morgan City and Lafayette, Louisiana. She was born in Erie, Pa., and moved to Florida at age 13. She attended Gulf Middle School and Gulf High School, from which she graduated in 1990. She played volleyball, basketball, and softball at Gulf. She has a degree in Sports Medicine from Elon University in Elon, N. C.

Neil Boyle joined the Gulf High faculty at the middle of the 2013-14 school year, teaching Gaming and Simulation, and Business Education. He was born in East Cleveland, Ohio and came to Florida in 1989 after serving in the U.S. Air Force. He is a graduate of The Community College of the Air Force in Logistics Management and earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Ethics from Trinity College of Florida. He has worked in the district for 11 years.

Carmen Bozolo is a spanish teacher who has her Bachelors Degree in education from USF.  She was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York. At River Ridge High School she started as a ESOL para, worked as Tech/media assistant. Ms. Bozolo is certified to teach Spanish K-12 and has taught Spanish I, II and III and Sponsored the Spanish Honor Society.

Bruno Buonsanto was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He is also class of 1989 alumnus of Gulf high School. He is a Navy veteran, having served in Desert Storm/Shield on board the USS Midway CV-41 (Air Craft Carrier forward deployed Yokosuka, Japan). Mr. Buonsanto worked previously for Waste Management Inc. and managed a construction landfill in Hudson. After leaving the waste disposal industry and before joining the GHS staff in 2008, he was employed by Data-tron Communications as a project manager. He played 3 years of semi-pro football and 4 years of arena football for the AIFA (Gulf Coast Raiders), NIFL (Florida Knights), and the APFL (Florida Scorpions). Bruno starting working at Gulf High School in 2008. He is proud to say that all of his children have graduated from GHS as well. He is currently the school’s Athletic Director.

Phyllis Butler joined the faculty at the start of the 2008-09 school year. She teaches health occupations. Mrs. Butler has been an assistant director of a skilled nursing facility. She has been a nurse for eight years. She was born in St. Petersburg. She is a Hudson High School graduate and attended PHCC. She has three daughters, two of whom are students at Hudson High School.

Frances Costa is a Science teacher at Gulf High School. She joined the Gulf faculty at the start of the 2005-06 school year. Prior to GHS, she taught science to at-risk teens at PACE for four years. She has a master of science degree in biology from State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is a part-time science instructor at Pasco-Hernando Community College.

Angela Cotney is the guidance counselor for students whose last names begin with C, D, and G-M. She joined the Gulf faculty at the start of the 2004-2005 school year. She has an M. Ed. degree and an Ed. S. degree from the University of Florida. She previously was the guidance counselor at Hawthorne High School in Alachua County. She attended Gaither High School in Tampa. Her father is Mark Cotney, who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1976 to 1984 and subsequently coached for two years.

Elizabeth Diaz joined the Gulf faculty at the start of the 2011-12 school year, teaching Nutrition & Wellness and Child Development. She was born in New York and came to Florida in 1989. She is a graduate of Springstead H. S. and she majored in Family and Consumer Science at FSU.

Kari Dittman is the teacher for the Early Childhood Education Academy. She joined the Gulf faculty at the start of the 2016-17 school year as a reading teacher.  During her 18 years of teaching experience, she has taught Pre-K at Hudson Elementary, worked as a resource teacher supporting PreK/Head Start teachers throughout the school district,  and has taught Kindergarten, 1st grade, and ESE support facilitation at Dayspring Academy Charter School. She has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Central Florida.  She was born in South Bend, IN, but was raised in Pasco County and graduated from Hudson High School. Mrs. Dittman was selected as the GHS Teacher of the Year for 2021-2022.

Jennifer Dixon began teaching in Florida in 2003. Since then, she has taught every grade from Kindergarten – 12th grade and has taught multiple subject areas. Ms. Dixon attended California University of Pennsylvania and received her B.A. degree in Political Science in 1999. She has also taken continuing education courses at the University of Pittsburgh and University of South Florida. Ms. Dixon holds a Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate in Art K-12, Exceptional Student Education K-12, and Social Science 6-12. She also has a Certificate in English Language Teaching (TEFL/TESOL) acknowledged by the British Council. Ms. Dixon studied abroad in St. Brieuc, France in 1994 during her junior year of high school. She enjoys international travel and studying other cultures and languages. Ms. Dixon was selected as the GHS Teacher of the Year for 2019-2020.

Steve Donaldson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Bellevue University/University of Nebraska Omaha where he graduated from the AFROTC program and has a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from St. Leo University. He currently teaches Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. Government and Politics and Comparative Governments as well as International Baccalaureate (IB) History of the America’s classes, and sponsors the History Honor Club. Mr. Donaldson has been teaching at Gulf High School since 2004.  He is a retired U.S. Air Force Intelligence Officer (retired Major) and former business owner. He currently resides in Starkey Ranch and has lived in the Tampa area since 1992 and Pasco County since 1999. Mr. Donaldson is married with three children and seven grandchildren.

Lydia Donato teaches World History and AP U. S. History. She joined our faculty at the start of the 2015-16 school year. She taught for three years at the Talented and Gifted School for Young Scholars in East Harlem, N. Y. She is a graduate of Adelphi University in Garden City, N. Y., and she attended Long Beach High School in Long Beach, N. Y. Ms. Donato reports that she likes to travel and has visited Greece, Italy, and Ireland.

Judith Duncan joined the Gulf High School faculty at the start of the 2007-08 school year. She is the ESOL paraprofessional. Before coming to Gulf she served in a similar capacity at Gulf Highlands Elementary School for one year. She was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and earned a B. A. degree in Education from Chihuahua College. When she joined our faculty, she had lived in the U. S. for eleven years. Her husband, Ron Duncan, works for Bank of America. They have three children.

Steven Emerson teaches Reading. He joined the Gulf faculty at the start of the 2010-2011 school year. He had been the boys varsity soccer coach for three years, and earlier he was the girls soccer coach. Mr. Emerson taught at Mittye P. Locke Elementary School for 15 years and has been employed by the district for 19 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from St. Leo University and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from St. Leo University. Mr. Emerson was born in New Jersey and raised on Long Island. He attended Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, N. Y.

Dimitrios Fakitsas teaches math. He joined our faculty at the start of the 2015-16 school year. Mr. Fakitsas has been teaching since 2003. He earlier taught physical education but was subsequently certified in mathematics. He taught math at the Athenian Academy in Pinellas County last year. Mr. Fakitsas was born in Lamia in Greece and lived in Athens. He attended the 40th Athens High School and the Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Ana Maria Florez teaches math. She has her degree in Agricultural Engineering, National University of Colombia.  She comes from Colombia South America, graduated as an engineer in 2000, and has worked as a teacher for 12 years. Ms. Florez speaks English and Spanish.

Jennifer Fugate teaches science. She joined the Gulf faculty at the start of the 2004-2005 school year. She has a B. S. degree in biology with a minor in psychology and a B. S. degree in chemistry with a minor in physics from Maryville College in St. Louis. She was born in St. Louis and grew up there. She previously taught at Ridgewood High School, and earlier taught at Zephyrhills High School for four years. Before becoming a teacher she worked for Sea World and for National Marine Fisheries.

Tanya Fuss is a key member of the English department. She taught at River Ridge High School before coming to Gulf.

Jeffrey Green teaches mathematics. He joined the Gulf faculty at the start of the 2004-2005 school year. He has a B. S. degree in mathematics from Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pa., and completed the teacher certification program at Dickinson College. He was born in Philadelphia and grew up there. He has lived there, and in Sicily, Pennsylvania, New York City, and Los Angeles. He previously taught in the Central Dauphin school district in Pennsylvania and the William S. Hart school district in Santa Clarita, California.

Sharaya Janes is an SSAP teacher. She is a 2012 graduate of GHS. At that time she worked in the office at Gulf Middle School during her senior year. She holds a Masters Degree in Psychology.

Patty Joens is the school’s Administrative Assistant and principal’s secretary. She joined the staff of Gulf High at the start of the 2010-2011 school year. Mrs. Joens had been at Bayonet Point Middle School for eleven years, and was Mr. Knobl’s secretary when he was principal there. (Mr. Knobl was later a principal at GHS.) She is originally from New Jersey. Patricia Pinto graduated from Gulf High School in 1988. Her husband Jason is principal of Fivay High School.

Pam Kaplan MS CCC-SLP, MFA –  Pam comes to GHS with many years of experience as a Speech Language Pathologist.  She is a former vocal/dialect coach and taught as an Adjunct Professor at USF and Eckerd College. Pam enjoys building confidence and self-esteem in her students. She hopes to inspire them to become effective communicators.

Abraham Knowles has been the school social worker at Gulf High and Wendell Krinn Technical High since March 2019.  He graduated with his MSW and MPH degrees at USF in 1995 and has worked in the Pasco county school system since 1996.  Mr. Knowles also works part time in private practice as a licensed clinical social worker and loves spending time with his wife, son, daughter, and grandson.

Stacy LaMarca teaches Reading in the SBP program and Science with Team INcreDible. She joined the Gulf faculty at the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Mrs. LaMarca was born in Illinois near Chicago. She just moved to FL. 2 years ago with her husband and two boys; as well as her mother, sister, and grandmother also made the move. She attended Downers Grove North High School, in Downers Grove, IL. Mrs. LaMarca started out teaching at Westmont High School but then taught several years at the Elementary Level. The last 10 years before she moved to FL. she was an ESE Supervisor and Principal in Des Plains, IL. She has a bachelor’s degree in ESE Education from Northern IL. University and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. She also holds certifications in Director of ESE Education and Autism. She loves to be outside and spend time with friends and family.

Becky Loeffler is an IA with the InD department and works with the supportive level.  This is her 3rd year at Gulf High School and is glad to be working with her students.

Dean Lofton teaches Science. He is the Cross Country coach. He graduated from Hudson High School in 1978 and obtained his Science Ed. degree from USF.

Rick Lopez is a proud graduate of Gulf High (’95), along with his wife Shannon, and both joined the staff at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. Mr. Lopez teaches English, is a Support Facilitator with the ESE Department, and has previously taught Theater, sponsored a Thespian troupe, and coached Soccer. He was born and raised in West Pasco, graduated with a B.A. in Literature from UCF, and worked as a tester, designer, and producer at EA Sports – Tiburon in Orlando for 8 years. Mr. Lopez enjoys sports, theater, movies, television, and napping; however, all of these hobbies have suffered due to his three lovely children (Sean, Ricky, and Sofia) that take up all his free time. And he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Andrew Madeloni joined the GHS faculty at the start of the 2007-08 school year. He teaches social studies. He came to Gulf from Chasco Middle School, where he taught for one year. Before that, he taught for nine years at Hudson Middle School. He served in the U. S. Navy for 15 years. He was born in Brooklyn and attended Walt Whitman High School in Huntington Station, N. Y. He earned a B. A. degree in Social Science Education from USF. One of his brothers is a principal of a school in Massachusetts; the other works for the YMCA in Long Beach, N.Y.

Angela Mastromarino joined the GHS faculty at the start of the 2019-20 school year. She teaches ACCESS English and ACCESS Unique Skills. She came to Gulf from Riverdale High School in Lee County, where she taught for one year. Before that, she earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from Florida Gulf Coast University. She was born and raised in Palm Harbor, FL. Angela was a competitive swimmer for 15 years, and now spends her free time weight training!

Wanda McClellan teaches English and social studies. She joined the Gulf faculty in the middle of the 2003-04 school year. Mrs. McClellan was born in New Orleans and was raised in Monroe, Louisiana. She has a B. A. degree from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe. She taught at the Renaissance Center in Citrus County for seven years. She has three children, ages 20, 18, and 15. Her husband runs the MRI Center at Community Hospital in New Port Richey. She says she likes sports, and her favorite sport is baseball. She was the Citrus County Teacher of the Year in 2002.

CDR John McGuire joined the Gulf faculty at the start of the 2011-12 school year. He is the Senior Naval Science Instructor (SNSI) in our NJROTC program. He retired from the Navy after 21 years of active duty in 2007 and has been teaching NJROTC ever since. He attended the University of Florida for 3 years and graduated with a BS in Economics from Florida State University. He earned an MS in Manpower Systems Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He has two sons, Tyler (29) and Steven (27). His hobbies are boating, fishing, diving, and anything related to the water.

Thomas Morrison teaches mathematics. He served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps (1991-2011) as an Arabic linguist and intelligence analyst with several deployments to the Middle East and elsewhere. He became a teacher in 2015 and earned an MFA in Creative Writing in 2019. In his spare time, he writes fiction, poetry, memoir, and gaming content.

Gabriel Nash is an Instructional Assistant for ESE that works primarily with the IND students. This is her second year at GHS. She is also a current student at USF finishing up her Bachelors in Education. Ms. Nash has a wonderful family, with 3 fantastic children. Her family are avid convention goers and love anything and everything nerdy.

Denise Noble is an ESE instructional assistant. She joined our faculty at the start of  the 2015-2016 school year.  Denise has a Bachelor of Science degree in Educational Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Humanities from St. Petersburg College.  She originally started out as an archaeology major.  She has been married for 30 years and has two adult children currently in college.  She loves dogs and has two rescues and soon to be three.  Denise enjoys kayaking, gardening, baking and reading.

William Parker joined GHS at the beginning of the 2018/2019 school year.  He teaches mathematics and AVID elective. He was born in Somerville Ma. and went to high school at J.W Mitchell. He earned his bachelors degree in mathematics education from USF.

Ariel Pineyro is an Access Points InD-Supported level teacher. She has a bachelors degree in Exceptional Student Education from St. Petersburg College and is currently pursuing an MEd in Exceptional Student Education from the University of Central Florida. She is an animal lover and enjoys playing ice hockey alongside her husband in her free time as a left winger in an adult Florida hockey league.

Lorraine Pioszak joined the GHS faculty at the start of the 2018-2019 school year. She previously was at Ridgewood High School (Go Rams!) and, before that, at Land O’Lakes High and River Ridge High School. She is currently an ESE support facilitator. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Hodges University. A native Long Islander, she came from Hicksville and, after many years in Florida, still has her accent!

JoAnn Mothershed is a Math teacher and ESE support facilitator supporting students in their math classes. She joined the Gulf High faculty at the start of the 2013-14 school year. She previously taught Math at Sunlake and Fivay high schools and has been employed by the school district since 1998. Ms. Mothershed is a USF graduate with a Mathematics Education degree. She loves the outdoors and enjoys kayaking, scuba diving, target practice, line dancing, and reading.

Debbie Richtman is an LPN who moved here in 2004 from Long Island and has experience working in doctor offices and hospitals. Has been working with ESE population since moving to Florida. She enjoys swimming and taking walks with her husband. Her favorite sport is baseball and she is a big Mets fan.

Jose Rodriguez joined the Gulf High School faculty at the start of the 2005-06 school year, having just retired from the Navy after 20 years of service. He formerly worked in the business administration field, as a counselor, and as a Navy recruiting supervisor for his final tour of duty. Chief Rodriguez currently teaches in our NJROTC program (Naval Science 1) and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.

Bill Rutherford is the Gulf High School Director of Bands. His responsibilities include conducting the GHS Concert Band and Marching Buccaneers, as well as leading the GHS Jazz Ensemble and the GHS Color Guard. He also teaches Keyboarding (piano), AP Music Theory, and IB Music. Mr. Rutherford graduated from Gulf High School in 1988 and received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida’s School of Music in 1994. Mr. Rutherford joined the GHS faculty in 1994 right after his graduation from USF and in the 2011-2012 school year, he was selected as Teacher of the Year for Gulf High School, VFW American Legion Post 7845, and was also chosen in 2002 as Teacher of the Year for Sam’s Club. He has also held positions as the District Chairman for the Florida Bandmasters Association’s District 5 and was the Chairperson for the Pasco All-County Jazz Band for almost 10 years. He is married to Kelly Rutherford, who is the GHS Color Guard Instructor and is also a Gulf High graduate (Class of 1987). She teaches kindergarten at Mittye P. Locke Elementary School. They have 3 children: Elizabeth (GHS Class of 2013), Brittany (GHS Class of 2017), and Andrew (GHS Class of 2023). Mr. Rutherford’s hobbies are traveling, playing/watching sports, and video production.

Kelly Seltzer teaches English and Pre-IB Inquiry Skills. She joined our faculty at the start of the 2013-14 school year. Prior to joining Gulf she taught at Fivay High School. Before moving to Florida, Mrs. Seltzer taught at the High School for Service and Learning in Brooklyn, N.Y. She is originally from Long Island and graduated from Brentwood High School. Mrs. Seltzer has a B.A. in English from Empire State College and a M.A. in English Education from Adelphi University. Mrs. Seltzer is a diehard New York sports fan and is especially devoted to the New York Yankees.

David Smith joined the GHS Faculty at the start of the 2019/2020 school year.  He teaches the SOS program. He came to Gulf from Calusa Elementary School, where he taught for 19 years.  He was born in Providence, RI and then moved to Florida.  He graduated from Ridgewood High School in New Port Richey,  He earned a B. S. degree in Elementary Education from USF.  His brother is an assistant principal at Fivay High School.  He is also the girls golf coach and boys baseball coach.

Suzanne Stacey is currently the Learning Design Coach (LDC) and joined the GHS faculty in 2016.  She taught Pre-IB, AP and IB Biology. She started teaching in 2006 after working as a Dietitian for several years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida and a Master’s degree in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University. She also has a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from St. Leo University. She is married to a GHS graduate and they have two daughters, Emily and Elizabeth. Mrs. Stacey was selected as the GHS Teacher of the Year for 2020-2021.

Kim Stager is our bookkeeper.

Tim Stevens is a PE teacher. He joined our faculty at the start of the 2013-14 school year. Earlier he taught at River Ridge High School.

Chad Stoneking joined the GHS faculty at the start of the 2007-08 school year. He teaches drafting. Mr. Stoneking was born in Parkersburg, W. Va., and attended Parkersburg South High School. He has a B. F. A. degree in Art Education from Ohio University and a B. F. A. degree in Graphic Design from Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va.

Jesse Stringer teaches social studies. He joined the Gulf faculty at the start of the 2004-2005 school year. He has an M. A. degree in Secondary Education with a minor in history from West Virginia University. He also attended Tulane and Clemson. He was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in Washington, Pa.

Marissa Visser joined the GHS faculty at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. She has a B.S. degree in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. She was born in Michigan and grew up there. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked in education for the Florida Aquarium.

Ken Weightman teaches Visual Art and IB Art courses, and is the sponsor of the National Art Honor Society.