Get To Know Our Administrative Team
Principal Michael Sneed
My name is Michael Thomas Sneed Jr. I was born and raised in Perry, FL. Immediately following graduation from Largo Senior high school in 1998, I enlisted in the United States Army
and served in the 82nd Airborne Division in Ft. Bragg, NC for 3 years. I became a Paratrooper in Ft. Benning, Ga after graduating from Advanced Individual Training (AIT). After being
honorably discharged, I enrolled in the University of South Florida where I majored in Criminology and ran Track & Field. During my 4th grade Math class, my classmate’s brother worked in Politics in Tallahassee. He taught our class about the former Governor (Bob Graham). I instantly decided that I would one day be the Governor of the state of Florida. Once I received my degree in Criminology, I returned home to Perry, Fl and began teaching and coaching as a long-term substitute in 2005 because I felt like that was the best way for me to give back to my community. I completed my professional teaching certification in Mathematics grades 5-9 through Hillsborough school district’s SMART program. I have spent the last several years teaching, coaching, and being an administrator in South Carolina. As this past summer came to an end, I received a text message from a childhood friend that told me there was an assistant principal position open on the beach near St. George Island. I decided after a couple of weeks to apply for the position because it would allow me to get closer to my friends and family and the rest is history.
Since my family and I have arrived here, I have learned that when you work as a team you can bring about great change! My greatest strength is that I am able to adjust and adapt to any situation or conversation. I will bring a culture of respect, high achievement, I’ll open doors for the students that need direction, and fill the school, community, and every person that I come into contact with love. God inspires me each and every day. Each day I have a chance to serve Him better than the previous day. My hobbies are preaching and teaching in Church, spending time with my wife and kids, and traveling.
Assistant Principal Shelly Miedona
My passion for teaching and for students was born in the subbasement of my childhood home on the south side of Chicago. It was there that I played teacher to my younger brother and sister with hopes of following in my Aunt Marlene’s footsteps. I put myself through college by working two jobs and taking out student loans. I obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Psychology. Later, I earned a Master of Arts in Education and my Specialist Degree in School Administration. I have been an elementary and middle school teacher, a math coach, district leader, a school administrator, and the elementary math specialist for the state.
My leadership style comes from personal and professional experiences. Perseverance is one of my strongest traits. Can’t is NOT a word in my vocabulary. I try every day to remove that word from the vocabulary of every child and adult I interact with on a daily basis. One thing I have learned being a Seahawk is an affirmation of my “why”. I come to work each and every day because of the students at Franklin County School. The relationships I have made with the students, parents and teachers are what drive me. I have also raised three amazing young men, twin 20-year-olds and an 18-year-old. They are my greatest blessing in life.
Assistant Principal Nathan West
My name is Nathan West originally from Anniston, Alabama. I am married to my amazing wife Lindsay with a son named Sawyer and recently welcomed our baby girl, Ridley Ann to the world. I attended Birmingham Southern College to earn my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the
The University of North Texas. Like any other child who loves sports, I wanted to be a professional athlete. I enjoy anything outdoors: Fishing, hunting, going to the beach & golfing.
After college I worked in the field of business for the government, at the Anniston Army Depot, but decided sitting in a cubical all day was not for me. A year later I took a job with a contract power company. It was during that time that I was offered a job at my former high school which sparked my career in Education. I started as an ISS teacher and an assistant basketball coach for the boys and girls at Saks High School then went on to teach business technology and coach boys & girls basketball at Oxford High School. After two years in the classroom, I was contacted by JUCO Hall of Fame Coach, Dennis Pilcher, who offered me an assistant job on his staff in Fort Dodge, Iowa at Iowa Central Community College. It was there I met my wife Lindsay.
After 4 years coaching college basketball, and negative 20-degree weather 6 months of the year, we decided to leave the hustle and bustle of College Coaching and get back into High School Athletics. I once vacationed in Port St. Joe but was relatively unfamiliar with Franklin County however a friend who knew a former coach recommended the area.
I enjoy getting to know people and building relationships. I believe a strong relationship within the school, students and parents, is lasting. A strong relationship helps students achieve higher marks in education as they know you care as a parent would care. I really enjoyed school, not so much the school work but the relationships formed. I wanted to do well not because it was expected of me from my parents, but because it was important to my teachers. I still talk to teachers I had in high school today.
Why education some might ask? There is nothing more rewarding than student growth. I enjoy being able to teach a student something, watch them struggle, continue to work at it, and finally understand what you have been teaching. To me, that is very rewarding, and a big reason why I got into education. I hope as the Assistant Principal I can bring a level of trust. I want teachers, parents, and students to trust that I have their best interest in mind. I want to show teachers support as they are the professionals in the classroom. I also want parents and students to know they can trust that I will make decisions that are best for them and their academic endeavors.
My name is Donna Gander Barber, and I am currently in my 26th year teaching in the Franklin County School District. During my career, I’ve taught fifth and first grades, but the majority of my teaching years have been in fourth grade. In addition to classroom teaching, I’ve sponsored high school classes, student government, and JV cheerleading, but I am probably best known for the trips to St. Augustine and believe these have enriched generations’ understanding of Florida history. I am a lifelong resident of Franklin County which means I have dreams, compassion and goals for its youth, including my own children and
grandchildren. People invested in my education here, and I want to do the same for the next generation. I was graduated from Carrabelle High School in 1988 before attending Gulf Coast Community College and then Florida State University where I earned a Bachelors of Science and a Masters Degree in Elementary Education.
As I transition to my new role as Elementary Dean, I hope to continue building relationships with our students, their families, and the community in general. I plan to spend as much time in the various elementary classrooms as possible, providing support to the students and teachers, and working on some on positive reinforcement strategies. I want to earn the trust and support of our community so that together, we can guide our youngest Seahawks toward their best educational opportunities. I want our kids to want to be at school, to want to do\ their best, to respect the right of others to learn, and to understand the importance of their own learning. I want to make a difference in the lives of Franklin County’s youth so that they can have fulfilling options in their adult lives.
Charles Syverson: Bachelors Degree, St. Cloud State University & Masters Degree, Bemidji State University
I have always had a strong desire to be an educator. I have taught for 28 years, predominately in the Midwest.
I have been Dean of Students at Franklin County School for the past two years, and I have strived to develop relationships with students, parents, and faculty. I am looking forward to continuing to improve our school culture and helping all students to become the best they can be.