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Mr. Michael Cloyd began working in education in 1989, as a classroom teacher for 18 years and an administrator since 2007.  Mr. Cloyd’s administrative assignments have included serving as a district supervisor of curriculum and instruction, an assistant principal, and principal.  He came to Sunlake High School in 2013 and became principal in 2015.  Mr. Cloyd has earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Valparaiso University, a master’s degree in linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University, and certification in educational leadership from the University of South Florida.  Mr. Cloyd is proud that Sunlake High School is an integral part of the community, and he looks forward to many more years of working with students to pursue their dreams.  “It’s great to be a Seahawk!”

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. Maribeth Caldwell began her career as an educator in 1989, at her alma mater of Lafayette Senior High School in Lexington, Kentucky, after graduating from Asbury University.  She attained the degree of a Master of Arts in Education in 1990 from Georgetown College and most recently, in 2007, earned her Graduate Certificate in Post Master’s Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida.  During her thirty years in the education field, she has taught in both Kentucky and Florida.  She began as an assistant principal at River Ridge High School in 2008 and was an administrator at Gulf High School from 2012 until she came to Sunlake in October of 2018.  When she has been asked about working at Sunlake High School, she cannot hide her excitement and is looking forward to supporting the staff and students of Seahawk Nation to SOAR to success.

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.