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 Curriculum:  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 Discipline:  Jeffrey Barr


Assistant Principal:  Trisha Jordan

Ms. Jordan studied at Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education. She earned my Master’s Degree in Adolescent Literacy and taught for 5 years in NY before I decided to move to Florida. Ms. Jordan was hired for a job in Polk County at Bartow High School as an ELA teacher in 2014.  After working there for 2 years she took a job as the Literacy Coach at Mulberry High School.  While working there, Ms. Jordan earned her second Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. She was hired at Mulberry Middle School as an Assistant Principal in 2020.


Dean of Students:  Jazmin Merriam

kroon-robin-2 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.