Vision Statement:

    Focusing on every child’s success through Academics, Athletics, and the Arts

    Theme: "Let your Leadership Set Sail"

     Chelsea Matthews is a proud native of Jacksonville. She finished junior high school at James Weldon and high school at Stanton College Preparatory School and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations at Florida A&M University. After graduating from FAMU’s school of Journalism and Graphic Communications Cum Laude, Chelsea joined Teach for America with the mission of increasing literacy in her hometown.  Upon the successful completion of one intense summer of teaching training in Houston, Texas, Ms. Matthews was assigned to teach 6th grade intensive reading at Northwestern Middle School where she looped up with her students, served as grade level and content level chair. Matthews served as the after school program lead teacher and wrote curriculum during the summers for our district’s middle school ELA department. Chelsea Matthews later graduated from Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York, NY where she earned her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership with a 4.0 G.P.A.  She has served as an administrator at Andrew Jackson, Matthew Gilbert and YMWLA.  Chelsea’s philosophy towards education is, “Nurturing a culture for learning through inquiry, building relationships and supporting innovation allows educators to find sustainable solutions to problems most K-12 schools face. I seek to connect families, educators, and students in schools to maximize every learner’s academic achievements. I believe that by focusing on literacy, self-awareness and professional development; students as well as educators are supported to become lifelong learners who make valuable contributions to our society.”

    She encourages students daily by demonstrating, “Leadership is doing what is right, even when no one is watching.” She firmly believes in developing the whole child by collaborating with teachers and parents to discuss empathy. Research shows that building empathy within student’s decreases bullying and builds the confident, respectful contributing citizen our world needs. (Unselfie, 2017) As the new principal of Duncan U. Fletcher Middle School it is her goal to serve as a visible liaison between parents, teachers and students. The theme for the 19-20 school year is, “Let your leadership set sail,” encouraging students to evolve into leaders that value their academics, athletics, arts and character.  The administrative team is focused on providing world class customer service, rigor and a sense of community while sustaining a rich legacy by honoring traditions our school has made over the years. Ms. Matthews can be reached at matthewsc@duvalschools.org.

    Highest regards,

    Chelsea Matthews, Principal