Mrs. Cangelose began her career with Polk County Schools in 1999 as a teacher at Bartow Middle. From 2002-2004, she was a Social Studies teacher at Compass Charter. Ms. Cangelose transferred to Kathleen Middle in 2004. Since 2006, she had been a Dean at Westwood Middle. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Social Science and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida. Mrs. Cangelose has served Mulberry Middle as Assistant Principal and Acting Principal for the 2015-16 school year. Mrs. Cangelose was appointed principal as of the 2016-17 school year.
Mr. Bracey began his career with Polk County Schools in 2004 at Dundee Ridge Middle School where he taught science, language arts, and served as a technology resource. He taught fourth and fifth grades at Alturas Elementary (2007-2011) and served as science coach at Alta Vista Elementary (2011-2014). In April 2014, he transferred to the grants department of Polk County Schools to serve as coordinator of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant. He was appointed Assistant Principal at Mulberry Middle School in July 2015. Mr. Bracey received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Leo University, a Master of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University, and an Educational Specialist degree from Nova Southeastern University.
Kaprilla Jennings is an AP2 at Mulberry Middle School. She was previously dean of students at Southwest Middle School. She has worked with the district since 2005. She also taught reading and ESE before becoming a dean in 2010.
Dean of Students
Mrs. Merriam was born in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She began her teaching career in 1997 teaching English for adults and kids in different private and public schools in Mexico. She continued teaching as she pursued her degree as Geosciences Engineer. She worked in the oil industry for several years. In 2008 she got married, and because of that, she moved to the United States where she started working as a preschool teacher for three years. She has been working for Polk County School board since 2013 as a Spanish teacher. She is currently pursuing her Master's in Educational Leadership at Florida Southern College.