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New Polk County Public Schools Administrators Announced

October 26, 2016

The Polk County School Board approved the following appointments by Superintendent Jacqueline M. Byrd during the School Board’s Oct. 25, 2016 meeting:

Michelle Casper-Assistant Principal, Lake Shipp elementary

Michelle Casper, Assistant Principal of Lake Shipp Elementary

Ms. Casper previously served as a mathematics coach for Jesse Keen Elementary. She has a bachelor’s degree in exceptional student education, and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Warner University. She also has a specialist degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.


Elizabeth DeShazor-Assistant Principal, Lake Gibson High

Elizabeth DeShazor, Assistant Principal of Lake Gibson High

Ms. DeShazor was previously an assistant principal II at Lake Gibson High. She has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Florida Southern College, and a master’s in educational leadership from the University of South Florida.


Teddra Porteous-Associate Superintendent of Human Resource Services

Teddra Porteous, Associate Superintendent of Human Resource Services

Ms. Porteous previously served as the division chief of employer-employee relations for the Maryland State Highway Administration. She has a bachelor’s degree in human sciences and counseling from Florida State University and a doctor of law degree from St. Thomas University.