Hurricane Ian is expected to have significant impact on Pasco County and the Tampa Bay area for several days this week. As a result, all Pasco County Schools and all district offices will be closed the rest of the week – Tuesday, September 27, through Friday, September 30. We will continue to provide updates on our website; via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; and through School Messenger. Visit our weather page for more information.




Ms. Kara Merlin began teaching in 1995 and joined Pasco County as an assistant principal at Mittye P. Locke Elementary School in 2006.  She then served the students and families of Pasco County as the principal of Calusa Elementary School from 2010-2019.  Ms. Merlin earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the State University of New York- College at Geneseo, a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Towson State University and an education specialist degree in K-12 Educational Leadership from National Louis University.  Ms. Merlin is passionate about helping students succeed in school and in life and is excited to bring this passion to the high school level.  She is thrilled to join the Sunlake staff and be a part of the success of everyone in the Seahawk Nation.


Mrs. Kelly Weber  grew up in Michigan where she attended Western Michigan University and Oakland University  She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Education.  She earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from St. Leo University.  She spent 10 years teaching English, journalism and Yearbook at Wesley Chapel High School before becoming an administrator at Sunlake High School. Her favorite part of the job is seeing all of the amazing things our Seahawks are doing.


Douglas Elias began his tenure with Pasco County Schools in 2003 as a Special Education teacher at Land O’ Lakes High School.  He helped open Wiregrass Ranch High School as the Athletic Director and Special Education teacher.  Mr. Elias began administrative duties in 2008 serving both J. W. Mitchell High School and Gulf High School through MTEC’s Adult Education program.  He has since served as an administrator at Gulf High School, River Ridge High School and Sunlake High School.  Prior to his arrival in Pasco County, Mr. Elias spent 9 years as a Division 1 Strength and Conditioning coach at Kansas State University, the University of South Florida, and West Virginia University.  During that time, he had the privilege of having trained over 50 NFL athletes, 2 NBA athletes, and 1 Olympic Decathlete.  Mr. Elias is excited to join the Seahawk Nation and support its tradition of excellence in academics and athletics.


I am a proud graduated of Pasco County schools and always wanted to be a teacher to give back to my community. I earned my bachelor’s degree in secondary social studies education at USF I began my teaching career at Wesley Chapel High School in 2002. I also earned my graduate degree in educational leadership from USF and have been an administrator at the high school level since 2013. I see my role as an administrator as one who helps to create experiences and opportunities for students to learn and grow as they prepare for life after high school. I truly enjoy being a part of a school community and I am proud to be a Sunlake Seahawk!


Ms. Cady Baer began teaching with Pasco County Schools in 2014 as an English teacher and AVID Coordinator at Ridgewood High School. She then took a teaching position at Sunlake High School in 2018. After completing her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at the University of South Florida, she gladly accepted a position as an Assistant Principal at Sunlake. Aside from education, Ms. Baer previously coached high school and All-star cheerleading. She is also heavily involved in the Westchase Charitable Foundation and several other charitable groups in the Tampa Bay Area. Ms. Baer brings a passion for helping others and a love of learning to her role. She cannot wait to support the success of every Seahawk!