Liberty Pines Academy’s Administrative Team

Traci Hemingway


I would like to formally welcome all our Wolves to Liberty Pines Academy. We are a school that is Ready to Teach and Ready to Learn! Throughout my instructional career I have had the opportunity to serve as an educator since 1998 with experiences in Fulton County, GA; Fairfax County, VA; St. Tammany Parish, LA.; and Pasco County, FL. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and certification in Specific Learning Disabilities through Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, I taught third grade in Georgia until I relocated to Florida in 2000. I continued my studies towards a master’s degree in Reading and a certificate in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida. Throughout my educational experience I taught grades third through eighth grades, Support Facilitation in grades third through fifth, Literacy Coach, Assistant Principal, and Principal. I strive to be a servant leader in our community. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work with the amazing staff, students, families, and community members of Liberty Pines Academy.


Traci Hemingway

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. 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.

Donny Hoessler
Assistant Principal

Mr. Hoessler comes to us from Julington Creek Elementary School where he served as an Assistant Principal. Prior to joining Julington Creek, he taught mathematics at each grade level at Switzerland Point Middle School. Before moving to St. Johns County in 2016, with his wife and two children, he served as an Administrative Dean, Math Coach, and Testing Coordinator in Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Hoessler began his teaching career as an elementary ESE teacher in 2002. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exceptional Student Education and obtained a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Leo University. In addition, he holds a certification in Middle Grades Mathematics. Mr. Hoessler believes that all students can learn and a team of teachers are the key to unlocking their full potential, through fostering relationships, having high expectations for all students, and implementing cognitively engaging and motivating lessons. He also understand that it takes the contributions of all stakeholders to ensure a student’s success. His leadership philosophy is weighed heavily in fostering relationships with all stakeholders, building capacity in the staff, and creating opportunities for shared leadership. Modeling these traits supports a learning environment that is supportive of each other, maintains high expectations, and promotes a collaborative nature campus wide. He is thrilled to join the Liberty Pines family. Go Wolves!
Jessica McCool
Assistant Principal

Mrs. McCool made the move to St. Johns County from Putnam County with her husband and two adventurous children. While working for the Putnam County School District, Mrs. McCool began her career as a primary grade lead teacher. After being in the classroom for eight years, she became a Data Driven Instructional Coach and School Improvement Specialist for the school district’s Professional Development team working closely with the Florida Department of Education, district administrators, school administrators, and teachers to improve their instructional practice through data analysis and implementation of high-yield strategies. Mrs. McCool holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education K-6, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, and endorsements in ESOL, Reading instruction and strategy implementation. When Mrs. McCool is not at work, she enjoys reading, going to the beach, spending time with her husband, and watching her children on the ball fields.