PRINCIPAL, JAY WILLETS
To our Pacetti Bay Community,
I would like to formally welcome all our Wildcat learning community members to Pacetti Bay Middle School. Throughout my instructional career I have had the opportunity to serve as an educator in the St. Johns County School District since 1993. After earning a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) through Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, I continued my studies towards a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from University of North Florida.
As a beginning teacher to St. Johns County, I taught language arts and varying exceptionalities at Switzerland Point Middle and eventually moved to the instructional positions of emotionally handicapped, behavior specialist and Dean of Students at St. Augustine High School. Following my tenure as a SAHS Yellow Jacket, I moved to the position of Assistant Principal at The Evelyn Hamblen Center and was appointed as principal to lead the district’s five alternative schools. In 2008, I was fortunate to continue to serve the children of St. Augustine as the principal of John A. Crookshank Elementary School for seven years as a CES Cougar.
In June, 2014 Dr. Joyner offered me the opportunity return to my middle school roots to become the Principal of Pacetti Bay Middle School. As a lifelong learner and an involved member of the St. Johns County community, I feel fortunate join PBMS and look forward to becoming an active member of the International Baccalaureate curriculum and the Wildcat Family!
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, TWILA POWERS
I am very excited to serve as an Assistant Principal at Pacetti Bay. I have a Bachelor of Arts in English and Speech from Southern Arkansas University and obtained my Masters in Educational Leadership through Walden University.I have served as an educator with St. Johns County for the past 18 years. My leadership roles include Elementary Administrator, Virtual Coordinator, registrar, dean, literacy coach, and classroom instructor in levels K-12. My most recent role as the Assistant Principal of Cunningham Creek Elementary afforded me an incredible opportunity to work closely with special needs students. The experience and knowledge I gained will be invaluable as incorporate our own self-contained classroom here at The Bay. I know it will be an asset to the nurturing community of PBMS.
I look forward to the upcoming year as a new Wildcat. I know it will be a great one!!
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, DREW CHIODO
Drew Chiodo has been serving as a teacher since 2010. Drew earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family and Child Sciences through Florida State University and also holds a Master of Education in Leadership and Learning from Jacksonville University. He spent one year with Teach for America in Chicago and Jacksonville serving Title 1 inner-city schools as a math teacher, as well as one year teaching intensive math at Bartram Trail High School. From 2012-2015, Drew served Creekside High School as a math teacher, assistant band instructor, geometry PLC team leader, and instructional technology coach. In July 2015, Drew was offered the opportunity to become the second Assistant Principal of Pacetti Bay. Drew strives to be a servant leader, and is extremely excited to work with and serve the students, staff, and families of Pacetti Bay, and looks forward to an extraordinarily successful school year.
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, WENONA ARLINE
I am eager to become a positive instructional leader at Pacetti Bay Middle School. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Florida. I continued my education and completed my Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Jacksonville University. In 2009, I achieved the National Board Certification in Early Adolescence Mathematics. Additionally, I am certified in Middle Grades Mathematics, Business and Elementary Education.
For the past 14 years, I have been serving students. My career began in Duval County Public Schools, with ten years of service. In 2014, I entered St. Johns County Schools. I have a wide range of experience as a Math Teacher, School Based Leader, Instructional Math Coach and Professional Development Facilitator. I am honored to be selected to lead such a strong community of learners. I look forward serving alongside the faculty, staff and community to ensure student success.