Tamara Tuschhoff, Principal

Phone: 904-693-7523

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Tamara Tuschhoff, Principal

I come to you with a very diverse background rooted in servant leadership and a commitment to public school education. In 1982, I enlisted in the United States Army Reserves from right here in North Florida while I was still in high school.  Upon graduation, I attended Florida Junior College at Jacksonville, compliments of the Army.  I soon realized that I wanted to become a commissioned officer, and in 1986, I entered the United States Military Academy at West Point.  In 1990, I graduated from West Point and served on active duty in the United States Army from 1990-1997. In 1995, I was assigned to teach ROTC at the University of Florida.  This was a turning point for me; it would be my last assignment in the Army as I fell in love with teaching.  I soon found my way to the classroom to teach math, coach, and serve as the dean in a small private school in Lake Mary, Florida.  As I found myself in increasingly challenging roles, I soon dreamt of leading my own school.  I came to Jacksonville in 2007 to pursue my Educational Leadership degree and started my public school career teaching Algebra and Geometry at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.  For the next five years, I served as an Assistant Principal at Douglas Anderson, Mandarin High School and LaVilla.  I then had the privilege of serving as the Principal of Twin Lakes Academy Middle School where we moved from a C school to a B school.

All these incredible experiences have led me right here to Joseph Stilwell Military Academy of Leadership.  I bring to JSMAL a passion and deep appreciation for education and the military.  It is my goal that every cadet at JSMAL is prepared for high school and develops a lifelong appreciation for all those who have served and are currently serving in our Armed Forces.

Follow me on twitter at:  @tammytuschhoff

 David Errico, Assistant Principal - Curriculum

Phone: (904) 693-7523

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

David Errico, Assistant Principal - Curriculum

Mr. Errico is originally a native of Buffalo, New York. He received a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Education from Ohio University where he received an award in Educational Excellence. Upon graduation he was accepted into the prestigious Teach for America program whose goal is to help end educational inequality in America. He was placed in Jacksonville where he began teaching 8th Grade American history at Eugene J Butler Middle School. During this time, he became a Chief Onboarding Advisor for Teach for America, where he helped prepare and train future educators to teach in Duval County.

In 2014, Mr. Errico began teaching civics at the Young Men’s/Women’s Leadership Academy.  During this time, he helped lead his students to some of the highest civics proficiency in Duval County. He attended University of North Florida and received his Master’s in Educational Leadership. In 2017, Mr. Errico took the role of Assistant Principal at Joseph Stilwell Military Academy of Leadership. Mr. Errico is extremely passionate about providing students with a memorable and educational middle school experience while also providing a safe and welcoming learning environment for every student in the building. He is a fan of personal fitness, sports, and a huge fan of comic books!

 Vontrena Myers, Assistant Principal

Phone: (904) 693-7523

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Vontrena Myers, Assistant Principal

A graduate of Florida State University and Jacksonville University’s Master of Educational Leadership Program, Ms. Myers has worked for Duval County Public Schools for more than ten years.  She was selected by Duval County Public Schools to represent the District as a Florida Department of Education “Race to the Top” Leadership Grant participant in partnership with the Southern Regional Education Board.  Prior to joining the Joseph Stilwell Military Academy of Leadership team, Ms. Myers served in positions within Duval County Public School’s Office of School Improvement, District Science Department, and the Exceptional Education Administrative team. 

Ms. Myers is committed to ongoing professional development; she works to lead and support the team as they foster positive academic, as well as behavioral outcomes for all students. She is an active participant in several community outreach projects.

 Tommie Fox, Dean of Students

Phone: (904) 693-7523 x123

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

Tommie Fox, Dean of Students

I am a native of Bradley, Florida, and attended the public schools in Polk County, Florida where I graduated from Mulberry Senior High School in June 1994. After graduation, I attended Edward Waters College and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, with a minor in Education. I also attended the University of Phoenix and received two master’s degrees in education with concentrations in Curriculum and Instruction (2006), and Administration and Supervision (2007).

While in the Duval County Public School system I have had several roles: 6th grade American History Teacher, 7th grade Geography Teacher, and 8th grade Civics Teacher.  I am currently acting as the Program Manager for Communities in Schools Team Up Program at JSMAL. 

My personal belief on education is that education should provide ample opportunities for all students, as learners, to gain knowledge to the best of their ability, effort, and interest regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, gender or social economic status. I perceive myself to be a self-directed, enthusiastic educator with a passionate commitment to student development and their learning experiences.