Assistant Principal of Curriculum Janetta Lucas
Born in Zachary, Louisiana, Ms. Janetta Lucas was educated at Northeast High School. After graduating from high school, she took the risk of venturing away from home and received her bachelor's degree from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University in Tallahassee, Florida.
Immediately after graduating from FAMU, she moved to Jacksonville, Florida to begin her career as a physical education teacher and coach. While coaching at Paxon Middle School, her teaching career began at the elementary level - Sabal Palm, S. P. Livingston, and Lone Star Elementary. Two years later she was employed by Darnell-Cookman Middle School as a teacher and athletic coach. While at Darnell-Cookman she wrote her first grant ‘No Ifs, Ands, or Butts’, and also served as the Activities Director and the physical education department chair.
In addition to teaching, Ms. Lucas coordinated several other events such as the school-wide fund raiser, Wilt Chamberlin’s 3 on 3 Hoop-it-UP, Juvenile Diabetes walk, Punt Pass and Kick competition, bicycle safety community ride, and currently volunteers for the Bob Hayes Invitational Track and Field meet for the past 14 years.
After several years of teaching and coaching, Ms. Lucas decided to get certified in educational leadership and obtained her master’s degree from Jacksonville University. In 2001, Ms. Lucas became an assistant principal at William M. Raines High School. She coordinated a mentoring program and served as a mentor to several students, and mentored a student at Northwestern Middle School through the CIS ‘Achievers for Life’ program.
Her drive and determination for being a servant leader for children doesn’t stop there. In 2009-10, she was moved to Mandarin High School and mentored African American males for 8 years with the principal, while serving as the APC. In 2015-2016, Ms. Lucas was selected for the Assistant Principal of the Year finalist. For the last 5 years, she was the Advisor for the Chick-fil-A Leaders Academy and the Dance Coach at MHS for the past 2 years.
Ms. Lucas is a firm believer that when high expectations are established, students can learn if given the time and opportunity. She loves to take risk and embrace change. Her goal is to help all students dream become a reality.