Principal - Pamela Vickaryous
Mrs. Vickaryous is in her third year as Principal of Manatee Middle School. Her #1 goal is to support students and teachers as they strive for academic excellence. She believes all students can and will succeed with effective teacher collaboration, strong student engagement and close monitoring strategies.
As she enters her twenty-first year in education, Mrs. Vickaryous believes her experience as teacher and administrator in both elementary and middle school makes a difference for MMS. Prior to becoming an administrator, Mrs. Vickaryous was a Reading Specialist for a struggling school and a Regional Reading Coordinator for the Just Read, Florida office. In this role, she provided literacy-based professional development to reading coaches in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties.
Mrs. Vickaryous earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University in 1995 and a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Florida State University in 1996. She is a native Floridian who loves the beautiful environment of Southwest Florida. Mrs. Vickaryous has three daughters, one in high school, middle and elementary school.
Prior to making MMS her home, Mrs. Vickaryous served two years at East Naples Middle School as the Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction and three years at Manatee Elementary School as Assistant Principal. Without a doubt, Mrs. Vickaryous is a proud member of the Manatee school community, working with the best in Collier County! Go Hurricanes!!!
Assistant Principal of Curriculum & Instruction- Christina Zima
Ms. Zima was raised in Buffalo, New York. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Houghton College in English and Education in 2005, a Master's of English Education from SUNY at Buffalo in 2010, and then a Master's of Educational Leadership from American College of Education in 2013.Ms. Zima started her teaching career in New York, teaching middle and high school English for five years. She then spent four years at Barron Collier High School, assuming a variety of roles from teacher, to Student Government Advisor, to testing coordinator before moving to Golden Gate High School in 2015 as testing coordinator.Ms. Zima is very excited to begin her second year as part of the Manatee Middle team. She looks forward to working together with students and parents to ensure the success of each and every student at Manatee Middle. Her door is always open to student and parent questions and concerns.
Assistant Principal of Disapline - Carey Gilcher
Ms. Gilcher is excited for her first year as an administrator with CCPS. Having started her teaching career right here at Manatee Middle School, embarking on a new chapter on this campus is perfect. Her primary focus is working with teachers, students, and families to ensure that every student at Manatee Middle is successful.
Prior to teaching, Ms. Gilcher worked in retail management, web page development, and fashion design. Her career in education began in 2002 in Lee County on a temporary assignment, and she transferred to Manatee Middle the next year. She also has experience working at Corkscrew Middle, Lorenzo Walker Technical High School, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. District Administrative Center where she was a district literacy specialist and a teacher on special assignment focusing on Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), Marzano’s Instructional Model, and New Teacher Training.
Ms. Gilcher was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. She spent two years in Tarpon Springs, FL during high school, and then returned to Central New York to attend Syracuse University and then LeMoyne College where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Communications. Most recently, Ms. Gilcher has completed her first graduate degree at American College of Education, earning a Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership. She is passionate about art and has been a participant and award winner at Naples Chalk Art on 5th for the past 6 years, as well as volunteering with the Harry Chapin Food Bank’s Empty Bowls event as a featured artist. However, her biggest passion is spending time being an aunt to ten incredible nieces and nephews.
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