Principal: Jennifer Bledsoe
Mrs. Bledsoe is the proud principal at Manatee Middle School. She was raised in Naples and is a graduate of Lely High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Education at the University of South Florida where she also played softball for the Bulls. She then completed a Master of Educational Leadership degree at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Mrs. Bledsoe has spent most of her 16 years in education working in Collier schools. She was a teacher at Lely High School. Later, she worked as an administrator at Golden Gate Middle, Lely High, and Corkscrew Middle School. Mrs. Bledsoe is honored and thrilled to be a part of the Hurricanes family. She is an ardent believer in student achievement for all.
Mrs. Bledsoe looks forward to collaborating with the dedicated staff, exceptional students, and surrounding community at Manatee Middle School as they continue to flourish and succeed. Go Hurricanes!
Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction:
Christina WennlundMrs. Wennlund 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.Mrs. Wennlund 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.Mrs. Wennlund is very excited to have been a part of the Manatee Middle School team since 2016, serving first as Assistant Principal of Attendance and Discipline and now as Assistant Principal of Curriculum.
Assistant Principal of Discipline:
Mr. Dyer relocated to Florida with his family in 2018. He was raised across the United States and Germany, attending high school in Germany, Pennsylvania, and Tacoma. Mr. Dyer earned his Bachelor’s degree in education from Manchester University in 2000, a Master’s of Elementary Education from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2008, and a Master’s of Education Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2010.
Mr. Dyer began his education career teaching 2nd, 4th, and 6th grade in Noblesville, IN. He began as a building level administrator in 2010. He has served as an assistant principal of two different middle schools and as an elementary principal for six years. Mr. Dyer taught in Immokalee during the 2018-19 school year.
Mr. Dyer is excited to be a Hurricane.