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 Administration: 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.
Assistant Principal: Yeila Vazquez
Yeila Vazquez attended the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Pre-medics with a minor in Education. She spent the first eight years of her career working with students with severe disabilities before moving to Florida. Ms. Vazquez was hired for a job in Polk County at Summerlin Military Academy as a Science teacher. She acted as a Special Education/504 Facilitator and as a Science team lead. She also worked closely with the ESOL population. While working there, Ms. Vazquez earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. After four years working at Summerlin, she accepted a position as a school Dean at Winter Haven HS. She was hired at Mulberry Middle School as an Assistant Principal in 2021.