Principal Butterfield

    Mrs. Leigh Butterfield



    Leigh Butterfield is going into her 6th year as the Principal of Mandarin Oaks Elementary. She is a Jacksonville, Florida native and began her educational career as a Kindergarten teacher in 2003.  She also has experience teaching 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades, as well as instructional coaching of teachers. Leigh developed a passion for leading teachers and collaborating with stakeholders to ensure that students received the best possible education.  This led her to pursuing her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration on Adult Learning.  She utilized this degree as she served as an administrator of Bartram Springs Elementary and Crown Point Elementary before joining the Mandarin Oaks Family.  One of her goals as the administrator of Mandarin Oaks is to ensure that students look forward to coming to school, while enjoying being challenged and feeling safe taking educational risks.  She wants all students to know that they are loved and that they are in a safe learning environment in which their differences are valued.


    Mrs. Bilgili - MOE Assistant Prinicpal

    Mrs. Ebru Bilgili

    Mrs. Bilgili received her B.S in English Literature/Linguistics from Istanbul University in Turkiye and holds a master’s degree in Reading and Language Arts Education from Florida State University. She has been in the field of Education for over 20 years serving in various capacities, starting her career as an ESOL teacher in Turkiye, a kindergarten teacher in Gadsden County, ELA/Reading teacher in NIMS middle school in Leon County, a Regional Facilitator for FLDOE for Bureau for of School Improvement serving failing schools as a lead trainer for the Florida Continuous Model, Reading Coach at Lakeshore Middle School, a secondary Reading Specialist for the Just Read Florida! Office, Reading Professor at Florida State College of Jacksonville, School Improvement Specialist at DCPS, and recently as an Assistant Principal for the past 5 years in both elementary and middle schools at DCPS. She is currently working towards her doctoral degree at UNF in Educational Leadership. 

    Einstein once said imagination is more important than knowledge. While learning facts and figures are integral to education, she believes the imagination of a child needs to be nurtured with love, compassion, and care so children stay curious, hopeful and see a life of possibilities. Having lived in 4 different countries and having an opportunity to be part of various global communities, her most rewarding moments always included literacy and its lasting impact on a community. Her educational journey has helped her see that if we can inspire hope and instill confidence in our students, nothing is impossible, and the true empowerment comes from knowing we are a part of “human community” that embraces us in your most challenging moments. She enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family.

    Her favorite quote:

    "Hate no one, no matter how much they’ve wronged you. Live humbly, no matter how wealthy you become. Think positively, no matter how hard life is. Give much, even if you’ve been given little. Keep in touch with the ones who have forgotten you, and forgive who has wronged you, and do not stop praying for the best for those you love." (Ali Ibn Abi Talib RA) 


    Mrs. Brooke Harrison

    Assistant Principal


    Mrs. Harrison is committed to maintaining the legacy of excellence and success among students and teachers at Mandarin Oaks Elementary. She was a dedicated teacher for eleven years before becoming an Assistant Principal. She strives to make a positive and lasting impression on the school community and loves to build meaningful relationships with others. Mrs. Harrison has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida State University, and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Florida. She enjoys traveling with her family and visiting places like Disney World and the nearest beach. She is married to Mark and has two sons, Noah and Liam.


    Guidance Counselors

    Ms. Tara Blaylock


    Mrs. McCaffrey is in her 10th year of School Counseling. Before becoming a school counselor, she taught 6th-grade science for two years as part of the Teach For America program. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and earned a Master’s Degree in Education, with a focus on School Counseling, from the University of North Florida. Mrs. McCaffrey is a Jacksonville native and a proud graduate of Duval County Public Schools. She attended Parkwood Heights Elementary, Twin Lakes Academy Middle School, and Stanton College Preparatory School. In her spare time, Mrs. McCaffrey loves to run. Her next running goal is to complete a marathon!


    Mrs. Taylor Jean

    Guidance Counselor


    Mrs. Jean is in her sixth year of School Counseling. Before becoming a counselor, she attended the University of Central Florida where she obtained her B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Minor in Criminal Justice. Directly after, she attended Nova Southeastern University where she obtained her M.S. in the field of School Counseling.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching sports, traveling, and reading!! Mrs. Jean believes that all students should have someone in their corner advocating for them – pushing them to be the best versions of themselves -  and who will provide them with the resources they need in order to be successful.


    ESE Coordinator

    Mrs. Nicole Critch



    G.A.T.E. Coordinator

    Mrs. Alicia Pitts


    Alicia Pitts is the coordinator for the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program at Mandarin Oaks Elementary. She enjoys working with all the K-5 GATE classes challenging the students through critical thinking lessons and project-based learning activities! This is her 15th year as an educator with DCPS. She earned her degree in early childhood education at FSU (Go Seminoles!) and has a K-6 certification in education, along with ESOL and Gifted endorsements. She enjoys the beach, reading, and loves cooking and baking for others! Mandarin Oaks is extra special to the Pitts family because all four of her children attended school here! She feels very blessed to be part of the MOE family!


    Instructional Coach

    Mrs. Gicalone

    Instructional Coach


    Tammy Gicalone is going into her 18th year as an educator.  She is from Michigan (Go Blue!) and moved down to Florida right after graduating from Western Michigan University.  After years of teaching in the classroom and being an interventionist, she decided to take two things that she loves, reading and collaborating with others, and make that a way of work by becoming a reading coach and specialist.  Aside from reading, Mrs. Gicalone also loves taking road trips and anything to do with water since she grew up around lakes.  She is married with two little girls, one who is eight and going into 3rd grade and one who is five and will be starting kindergarten this year.