Principal Ms. Humphreys
Ms. Humphreys is originally from Knoxville, TN and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee in 2002. She began her teaching career at Navarre High School in Santa Rosa County supporting struggling readers. While teaching reading, she became passionate about helping struggling readers become avid readers. As a result of this new passion in her life, she pursued a Master’s in Teaching and Learning from NOVA Southeastern University. At NOVA Southeastern University, she conducted active research with a focus on how fluency strategies impact struggling readers’ comprehension skills.
From Navarre High School, Ms. Humphreys transitioned to Terry Parker High School as the Reading Department Head in 2006. At Terry Parker, she taught a variety of students such as ELL students and Retake Reading students. In 2009, she was asked to be a Literacy Coach at Asa Philip Randolph due to their school’s reading scores. In her new position, she collaborated with teachers in regards to reading strategies, differentiated instruction, gradual release, and rigor. Based on the increased student achievement trends at APR as a Literacy Coach, she was promoted to be a Secondary Reading Specialist for Duval County Public Schools. As a Reading Specialist, she provided district-wide professional development for coaches and teachers, and assisted with recommendations from Instructional Review Plans. Also, she facilitated several district curriculum and assessment writing teams for English Language Arts and Reading courses.
While Ms. Humphreys made a positive impact for struggling reading students at the district level, she wanted to increase student achievement as an instructional leader at the school level. In 2015, as Assistant Principal at Samuel. W. Wolfson School for Advanced, she strived to have every student become College and Career Ready in literacy before they left high school. As a result, the school moved from a “C” to an “A”. She could not have accomplished this goal without the Wolfson team. She feels blessed to have been part of a team that collaborated and created rigorous learning opportunities, maintained high expectations for all students, and supported cultural and social differences among the Wolfson community. In 2019, she became an Assistant Principal at Atlantic Coast High School. During her brief time ACHS, she was able to support teachers in professional learning communities, build community involvement, and increase student achievement.
Ms. Humphreys is very excited to join the Mandarin Middle School as principal for the 2021 school year. She is looking forward meeting everyone and becoming part of the Mandarin community.