Liberty Pines Academy’s Administrative Team

Judith Thayer, Principal


Judith Thayer is serving her fifth year as principal of Liberty Pines Academy.  A veteran educator with over thirty-five years of experience, Mrs. Thayer began her teaching career in Illinois and has worked in both district and school administration in Michigan and Florida.

Mrs. Thayer has served in the St. Johns County School District for twenty years.  She had the honor of being a part of the administrative team which opened Liberty Pines Academy in 2008. Mrs. Thayer was named St. Johns County Outstanding Assistant Principal of 2011 and was also awarded the Florida Department of Education Outstanding Assistant Principal Award for District 5.

Mrs. Thayer is a passionate educator who has expertise in reading instruction, Gifted and Special Education. Under Mrs. Thayer’s leadership both as Assistant Principal and Principal, Liberty Pines Academy has earned “A” recognition status since opening in 2008.

When she is not working at school, Mrs. Thayer enjoys reading and traveling as well as being with her children and grandchildren. 


Dr. Craig Davis, Assistant Principal



A native of St. Augustine, Dr. Davis is a product of the St. Johns County School District, graduating from St. Augustine High School.  He served as a deputy sheriff for the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office before beginning his career in education as a teacher of English and Humanities at Palatka High School (PHS) in Putnam County.  He left PHS to complete a doctoral fellowship at the University of Florida and then served as an assistant principal at Lake Shore Middle School in Duval County before returning home.  He was assigned to Liberty Pines Academy after serving as assistant principal at Bartram Trail High School, St. Augustine High School, and Pacetti Bay Middle School.  He holds a bachelor of arts degree in English and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, both from the University of North Florida, and a doctor of philosophy in Educational Leadership from the University of Florida.

Elizabeth Haas, Assistant Principal 

Elizabeth Haas, Curriculum Coordinator


Mrs. Haas holds an undergraduate degree from Florida State University and a Masters in Ed Leadership from Grand Canyon University. After nine years in the classroom, she accepted the Assistant Principal position at Durbin Creek Elementary School. The administrative role provided a wonderful opportunity for Mrs. Haas to share her knowledge, passion, and commitment for inspiring a love of learning in children and teachers. Mrs. Haas is serving in her third year as the Assistant Principal at Liberty Pines Academy. The military wife of Colonel John Haas, and the mother of two infectious teenagers, she strives for servant leadership and helping children become life-long learners that will make a positive contribution to the world.