Admins

Liberty Pines Academy’s Administrative Team

Traci Hemingway
Principal

 

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.

Sincerely,

Traci Hemingway

Dr. Craig Davis
Assistant Principal

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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.

 

 

 

Jessica McCool
Assistant Principal

Mrs. McCool is serving her second year as Assistant Principal here at LPA. She made the move to St. Johns County three years ago 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.