Staff Directory

You can always find detailed teacher information, phone numbers, email, etc. in our app! Search "The School Board of Highlands County" and choose Highlands Virtual School as one of your sites. Click on the "Staff Directory" button.

Teacher Hours:

  • Teacher office hours are 8:00am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday

  • As a Highlands County School, we also follow the district calendar for holidays, teacher work days, etc.

  • IMPORTANT - our courseware is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, however the teachers are not. If you contact an HVS teacher after hours, it may be 24 -48 hours before you receive a response.


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Interim Principal

Office: 863-471-5679

Assistant Principal

Office: 863-471-5679

Elementary Faculty

Kindergarten & First Grade

Mrs. Dawn Ziegler

Office: 863-471-5442 ext. 10395

Second Grade

Mrs. Susie Henson-Smith

Office: 863-471-5442 ext. 10394

Third & Fourth Grade

Ms. Tiffany LaVire

Office: 863-471-5442 ext. 10403

Cell: Phone (850)764-1699

Google Classroom

Fifth Grade

Mrs. Rita Graham

Office: 863-471-5442 ext. 10392

Secondary Faculty


Mr. Widen Aguilera Gutierrez

Office: 863-471-5442 ext. 10436


Mrs. Yen Barrueta Miranda

Office: 863-471-5442 ext. 10425


Ms. Zunen Cabrera

Office: 863-471-5442 ext. 10421


Mr. John De La Cruz

Office: 863-471-5442 ext. 10384

Social Studies

Mr. Casey Downing

Office: 863-471-5442 ext. 10388

Language Arts

Karen Garcia-Herreros

Office: 863-471-5442 ext. 10428


Ms. Yvette Hendry

Office: 863-471-5442 ext. 10390

Click to schedule a time with Ms. Hendry

Social Studies

Mrs. Rhonda Hunter

Office: 863-471-5442 ext. 10418

Cell: 863-703-0487

Mrs. Hunter's Website

Spanish and Algebra

Mrs. Yuleivys Magrinat Sardina

Office: 863-471-5442 ext. 10424

Cell: 863-226-1372

Art & Gifted

Mrs. Margaret (Mandie) Pierce

Office: 863-471-5442 ext. 10380

Cell: 863-455-9487

Mrs. Pierce's Website

Social Studies

Mrs. Colleen Polatty

Office: 863-471-5442 ext. 10419

Cell: 786-520-5758


Mrs. Lisa Saenz

Office: 863-471-5442 ext. 10404


Mrs. Stephanie Ramos

Office: 863-471-5442 ext. 10420

Mrs. Ramos Website


Mrs. Terri Sinclair

Office: 863-471-5442 ext. 10246

Cell: 863-949-0487

Mrs. Sinclair's Math Website

Math & Math Coach

Mr. Micah Taylor

Office: 863-471-5442 ext. 10423

Guidance & Resource Teachers

Guidance Counselor

Mrs. Jennifer Langston

Office: 863-471-5442 ext. 10415

Dean of Students

Ms. Rebecca Gordon

Office: 863-471-5442 ext. 10376

Literacy/Curriculum Resource Teacher (LCRT)

Mrs. Daniele Sutton Brown

Office: 863-471-5442 ext. 10393

Lead ESE Resource

Mrs. Stefanie Huter

Office: 863-471-5442 ext. 10381

Office Staff

ISS Para

Ms. Elizabeth Batts

Office 863-471-5679 ext. 10430

Administrative Secretary

Mrs. Tina Farless

863-471-5442 ext. 10280

Fax 863-471-5568

Guidance Secretary

Mrs. Carol Francis

Office 863-471-5442 ext. 10413

Fax 863-471-5568

Front Desk Clerk

Ms. Rebecca Wheeler

Office 863-471-5679

HVS Student Help Desk

Mr. Casey Jones


Attendance Clerk


Office 863-471-5679

Fax 863-471-5568

Registration & Data Clerk

Mrs. Laurie Stoll

Office 863-471-5442 ext. 26516

Fax 863-471-5568

IDEA Guidance Clerk

Ms. Laura Hall

Office 863-471-5679 ext. 10432



Office 863-471-5679

Adjunct/Part-Time Faculty

Digital Information Technology (adjunct)

Mr. Ben Reser

863-471-5442 ext. 16523