•  Leadership Team






    Mrs. Leigh Butterfield







    Mr. Paul Boysen

    Assitant Principal




    Ms. Christensen  

    Ms. Treva Christensen

    Assistant Principal



    Treva Christensen is an assistant principal at Mandarin Oaks Elementary.  Ms. Christensen was born in Fremont, Nebraska and raised in Joplin, Missouri.  She attended the University of Arkansas and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management and a Masters in Sports Management.  Ms. Christensen moved to Florida in 2006.  After moving to Florida she transitioned to a career in teaching.  She taught grades PK – 2nd EBD students at S.P. Livingston Elementary.  Ms. Christensen also served as a Behavior Interventionist and Site Coach for the Day Treatment Program at S.P. Livingston.  She served as Dean at Lake Shore Middle School for 2 years before becoming Assistant Principal at John Love Elementary School.  Ms. Christensen is excited to join the Mandarin Oaks family and is ready for a great year of learning. 

    Ms. Tara Blaylock

    Guidance Counselor


    Ms. Blaylock is in her 6th 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. Ms. Blaylock 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, Ms. Blaylock loves to run. Her next running goal is to complete a marathon!


    Mrs. Nicole Critch

    ESE Coordinator



    Mrs. Taylor Jean

    Guidance Counselor


    Mrs. Jean is in her third 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, reading, and painting! 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.


    Mrs. Alicia Pitts

    G.A.T.E. Coordinator



    Alicia Pitts is a second grade teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary. Mrs. Pitts was born and raised in Fairfield, CT. She moved to Florida to attend FSU and earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She married and has been raising her family in Jacksonville, FL since 1991. While raising a family of four children, she worked at several preschools, was the director of a preschool, and director of children’s ministry for a church. In 2007, Mrs. Pitts began her tenure with Duval County Public Schools, first working at Chimney Lakes Elementary as both a Kindergarten Teacher and 2nd Grade teacher. She happily transferred to Mandarin Oaks in 2016 to teach at the school all of her children attended. She teaches 2nd grade GATE and has her ESOL and Gifted endorsement. Mrs. Pitts has been a highly effective teacher who loves project based learning and an interactive classroom. She is currently the grade level chair and teacher mentor for pre-interns. She is a Seminole fan who loves the beach, reading, and spending time with her growing family.