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                 W.R. Gramling






J.B. Rooney










T. Ed Blackburn

1933-1941 1945-1949 




Laudy H. Driggers









Henry Belton  Dominick



Mr. Dominick moved to Wauchula

in 1943.  He was elected

Superintendent of Hardee County Schools  in 1948.

In addition, Mr. Dominick

had served in the South Pacific

in World War II as a naval officer. 


E. Willon Stephens



Mr. Stephens was born on December 15, 1913, in the New Zion area. He was the son of Joseph Tolbert Stephens & Katie Stewart Stephens.

Studying to be and educator, he received his master’s degree from the University of Florida.

His career included serving as  principal and superintendent of schools.

He moved to Lake City in 1971.

He died on April 2, 1998, at the North Florida Regional Medical Center, Gainsville, Florida and was then buried in the New Zion Cemetery.



Dr. James Smith







William Bartley Sapp



 Mr. Sapp was born October 11, 1907, in Baker County, Florida. He and his family moved to Hardee County in 1924.  He was a freshman at Wauchula High School at the time of their arrival.

As an educator, he received B.A.E. and M.D. in guidance from the University of Florida. Mr. Sapp served as an educator for over 40 years. During the course of his career, he served as Zolfo Springs Principal from 1936—1959, a Guidance Counselor at the Hardee High School and also Superintendent of Schools. 

He died on July 18, 1979, in Wauchula.





John E. Terrell









Peggy E. Shackelford



 Mrs. Shackelford graduated from East Carolina College with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.  She earned her Master's from Univerisity of North Carolina. 

She taught  two years as an elementary school teacher and one year as a junior high school reading teacher in North Carolina.

In Tallahassee, Florida, she was a junior high school  reading teacher  for one year before moving to Hardee County.

She was a gudiance counselor for seven years (K-12) and for five years she served as a school social worker.

Her Florida certification included: school administration, junior college, guidance, elementary education and visiting teacher.

She was elected in Hardee County in 1985 as the first woman to be the Superintendent of Schools

She is married to Charles E. Shackelford and have two daughters; Lesley and Luci.






Lee G. Burns




Mr. Burns grew up in northwestern Iowa.

Served five years as the Hardee Junior High principal before becoming Superintendent of Hardee County School District.
































Derrel J. Bryan



























Mr. Bryan was a graduate of Hardee County High School in 1969. 

He furthered his education by pursuing an Associate of Arts at South Florida Junior College, Avon Park, FL and earned his degree in 1971. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Social Science Education at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL and  earned his degree in 1972.

He began his teaching career in Highlands County, Sebring FL, where he taught Science and Social Studies.

In 1973-1977, he taught Social Studies at Hardee County High School where he  also served as football coach.    

In  1979-1988, he taught Social Studies and Meat Processing and served as football and baseball coach for both sports.

As he continued his employment with Hardee County District Schools, Mr. Bryan changed his employment status to Vocational/Staff Development/ Certification Director from 1988-1992.

In 1988, he earned his Master of Arts from Western State College, Gunnison Colorado.

Mr. Bryan was elected as Superintendent of Hardee District Schools where he served two terms of office beginning in 1992 through 2000.

At the completion of his second term, he returned to Bowling Green Elementary where he served as Principal  of Elementary Education.

New opportunities arose and he became the Superintendent of Schools for Peach County District Schools in Geogia.  He served in that capacity from 2001 to 2004. 

In 2004 he earned his doctorate in Education, Ed.D. ( Education Leadership) at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

 He then served as Principal for Lake Placid Middle School from 2004 to 2011.

 2011-2012 he became Coordinator on Special Assignment; Implementation of Senate Bill 736. Charlotte Danielson Performance Appraisal System for Teachers, Doug Reeves Multimensional Leadership Assessement System for school-based administrators.

In 2012  to 2014, he served as Consultant to Highlands County School District;  assisting  the superintendent with evaluating principals and assistant principals. Mr Bryan als coordinated the Teacher Communication Corps, designed to improve communication among schools and the district office regarding the implementation of the teacher evaluation system.

Mr. Bryan has served as Adjunct Professor for the University of South Florida- Educational Leadership Doctoral Program, Adjunct Instructor for South Florida Community College-EPI, Teacher Preparation Program and Adjunct Professof for Florida Southern College- Educational Leadership Doctoral Program.





Dennis G. Jones






David Durastanti





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