Principal, Cynthia Cangelose
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.
Assistant Principal of Administration, Sarah Miranda
Mrs. Miranda attended Florida Southern College earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at Southeastern University. Mrs. Miranda began teaching in Polk County in 2008 at Dundee Ridge Middle School and continued at Palmetto Elementary. In 2012, Mrs. Miranda was appointed Dean of Students at Lake Marion Creek and served there until spring of 2015. From there she served as the Assistant Principal II at Denison Middle School until 2018.
Mrs. Miranda was appointed Assistant Principal of Administration at Mulberry Middle School at the start of the 2018 school year.
Assistant Principal of Curriculum, James Bracey
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.
Assistant Principal, Angela Vincent
My name is Angela Vincent. I am a product of the Polk County School District. A graduate from Haines City Senior High, Polk State College and then a Bachelor of Arts, in Elementary Education from Warner University. I received both my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction and Specialist in Educational Leadership from National Louis University as well as completing the districts Aspiring Leaders Program. I also completed my Principal Certification through a partnership with USF in 2017. I am currently working on my Doctorate in Education and Ministry. I started my teaching career at Boone Middle in 1989 and then moved to Crystal Lake Middle where I served as a teacher and then dean of students. I was appointed as Assistant Principal at Denison Middle. I transferred to Stambaugh Middle and most recently to Mulberry Middle starting the 2018-19 school year.
In my leisure time I love spending time with my family, reading books, traveling (cruising), shopping, dining out, watching movies and cooking.
Dean of Students, Jazmin Merriam
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.