Mrs. Sara Bravo
    (904) 260-3911 ext. 1009

    Sara Bravo began teaching in 1999 at Landon Middle School and was fortunate to be on the faculty that opened Lavilla School of the Arts in 2000.  After eight years at LaVilla as a teacher and instructional coach, Mrs. Bravo moved back to Landon Middle as an Assistant Principal, working and learning under her mentor on the team that transitioned Landon Middle into Julia Landon College Prep Middle.  After four years as an Assistant Principal at Julia Landon and three years as the school's Principal, Mrs. Bravo was given the opportunity to lead Englewood High School where she spent her last five years, working with a talented team and moving the school to a 91% graduation rate and building the Johnson & Johnson Early College Academy and Dual Language Program.  

    Mrs. Bravo is ecstatic to join the Mustang Nation as the newly appointed Principal for the 2020-2021 school year.  She looks forward to working with the students, faculty and community of THE FLAGSHIP SCHOOL in Duval County and knows without a doubt the school will reclaim it's rightful status as an "A" school once again.  

    Mrs. Bravo and her husband have been married for 17 years and have 15 year old twins, one of whom will be attending Mandarin High while the other pursues a drama major at Douglas Anderson.  In her "spare" time, Mrs. Bravo enjoys running, reading and spending time with her family and ridiculous number of pets.  

    Assistant Principals:
    Mr. Michael Mainor

    Mr. Michael B. Mainor is a native of Jacksonville, Florida and has worked in education for over 16 years. His bachelor’s degree is in Psychology, his master’s degree is in School Leadership. Mr. Mainor served as the dean of students at Ed White High School for the last three years before he became an assistant principal last school year.  Mr. Mainor came to Mandarin High School as an Assistant Principal in November 2019. 

    Mr. Mainor has served in large, urban school districts in many capacities. He was a teacher, coach, double promotion teacher, dean, and now an assistant principal. He began his educational career in Duval County Public Schools in 2004 as a US History teacher at Robert E. Lee High School. In 2010, Mr. Mainor joined the Hazelwood School District, as a World History teacher at Hazelwood Central High School in St. Louis, Missouri. During his tenure as a classroom teacher, he held a variety of leadership roles at both the school and district levels.

    In 2013, he served on the Hazelwood School district curriculum development team which included, World History, Social Justice and Women’s Studies. In this role, he developed curriculum and instructional materials, evaluated programs, provided in-service training, coaching, and modeling for teachers on the topics of PBIS, social justice, and cultural diversity.

    For the last four years, Mr. Mainor has been instrumental in supporting building principals in creating positive school climates. He is dedicated to the process of safety and civility of all Mandarin High School students. Mr. Mainor has a special desire for the academic and overall well-being of each child he encounters. He is dedicated to empowering everyone through innovative methods to reach all people in life.  He is married to Jamila Mainor, M.D. and they have two young sons, Maxwell & Maddux.

    Mr. Joseph McKenzie

    Joe McKenzie was born in Bartow, FL to Al and Martha McKenzie, both career educators. Mr. McKenzie attended Erskine College in Due West, SC, majoring in History and played NCAA Div. 2 Tennis. After an 11 year career serving teens through faith-based non-profit work, Mr. McKenzie transitioned to teaching in 2009.

    As a reading teacher and literacy coach at Terry Parker High School, Mr. McKenzie was a member of a faculty team which saw Parker go from a “D” to a “B” school. Mr. McKenzie has been the coach of numerous sports including Varsity Football, Softball, and Tennis.  After his time at Terry Parker, Mr. McKenzie served at Fletcher High School as the reading coach for 2 years.

    Mr. McKenzie is in his 6th year as an administer, serving at Sandalwood High School and now Mandarin High School. The best part of being Mandarin Mustang is the community and school spirit. That Mustang Pride is unparalleled in Duval County!

    Mr. McKenzie and his wife Mandie have been married for 15 years and have two children, both of whom attend DCPS schools.

    Ms. Elizabeth Pecarek

    Ms. Pecarek was born and raised in Clearwater, Florida. Her parents, an English teacher and an attorney, made sure she grew up loving to read and listening to learn. Ms. Pecarek has many fond memories of visiting her mother’s classroom and hearing her many stories about her life as a teacher.

    At the early age of 16, Ms. Pecarek began her college experience at the University of Kansas, then returned to Seminole High School to earn her diploma. Following high school, Ms. Pecarek attended University of Florida and the University of North Florida. She earned her BA in English and MA in English at the University of North Florida.

    Shortly after earning her degree, Ms. Pecarek chose the career of an educator. Like most teachers, she felt a strong calling to invest her time and energy in providing rich and meaningful learning experiences for young people. In 2005, Mr. Pecarek began her career at Westside High School, where she taught English and Reading. After a few years, she moved into an Instructional Coach role, which allowed her to grow as a leader among teachers. As a coach, she led her teachers to show double digit increases in the school’s writing scores and college readiness indicators. After completing a DCPS leadership program, Ms. Pecarek earned her Educational Leadership credentials and served Ed White High School as an assistant principal. Here, her primary responsibilities included curriculum management. Since 2014, Ms. Pecarek has called Mandarin High School home. She loves the Mandarin community and you can find her at most MHS sports and student life events!

    In her leisure time, Ms. Pecarek watches sports of all kinds, loves to read, spoil her dogs, and travel. By far, Ms. Pecarek’s favorite place to travel is anywhere in Scandinavia. Her recent trips include exploring the sites and traditions of Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland.

    Ms. Pecarek is passionately committed to the MHS faculty and staff, its students and families, and cherishes the time she spends in service to them.

     K. Thomas
    Ms. Karen Thomas

    Ms. Thomas was born and raised in Jacksonville, Fl. She is a product of Duval County Public Schools and grew up in the Arlington community. Her grandfather was an established educator in St. Johns County who retired from the school system as the first principal of Nease High School. Ms. Thomas gives credit to her grandfather for instilling a love and appreciation for education from an early age.

    After graduating from Terry Parker High School, Ms. Thomas earned her BA in Secondary Social Science Education from the University of North Florida. She began her teaching career at her alma mater, Terry Parker, where she helped Terry Parker become one of the highest performing Title I schools in Duval County for US History. Ms. Thomas worked hard to help students outside of the classroom as well. She coached the Terry Parker Dance Team and directed the Miss Terry Parker pageant, two programs that were close to her heart and defined her own high school experience. She enjoyed being able to see students grow academically, but really loved helping them find their confidence and sense of self by participating in extra curricular activities. As Ms. Thomas grew as an educator at Terry Parker, she was offered the opportunity to host numerous interns in her class from various local college education programs. It was through this experience that Ms. Thomas discovered her desire to pursue a future in educational leadership. In 2019, Ms. Thomas earned her MA in History from the University of North Florida and was accepted in Duval County’s Aspiring Leaders program where she obtained her certification in Educational Leadership.

    As a member of the ROAR of the Jaguars for five consecutive seasons, Ms. Thomas served as an ambassador for the city of Jacksonville and DCPS. The job, for her, was about so much more than just cheering on the best team in the NFL. She enjoyed her appearances at Duval County Schools where she could speak to children as both a teacher and an NFL cheerleader. As a member of the ROAR and 2-time team captain, Ms. Thomas traveled to London five times and represented the city of Jacksonville by cheering on the Jaguars from the sidelines at Wembley Stadium for three consecutive NFL International Series games.

    Ms. Thomas loves Jacksonville and the children that Duval County Public Schools serve. She believes that a positive educational experience serves as a foundation for students to be successful after high school. This foundation, she believes, is made up of three vital components-academics, extra-curricular activities, and community involvement. When combined, these components help instill a love of both one’s school and community. She is so excited to join the Mandarin High School administration team and looks forward to working with the students, faculty, and community to continue growing Mustang pride!

    In her leisure time, Ms. Thomas loves to workout, fish, travel, and spend quality time with her dog, Snoop. She loves football and baseball and will never turn down an opportunity to attend a game. She has an extensive background in dance and the arts and loves any chance to see a stage production. “Hamilton” is her favorite production because it combines her two favorite things—history & the arts!