PrincipalMrs. Sara Bravobravos@duvalschools.org(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. Joseph McKenziemckenziej@duvalschools.org
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 Pecarekpecareke@duvalschools.org
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.Mr. Michael Mainormainorm@duvalschools.org
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.