Governing Board Members

Charlotte Butler is the Board Chairperson and a retired teacher from the community of Auburndale. She formerly taught at Discovery Academy, earned the Teacher of the Year Award, and is founder of the Leadership Discovery Team.

Catherine Walker represents the Winter Haven community. She is a retired educator who taught middle school students with learning disabilities for 20 years. She was recognized as a National Board Certified Teacher from 2002-2012. Catherine set high standards for herself and was an outstanding example for other teachers. Her credentials include a Masters in Educational Leadership and serving as an Adjunct Professor at Miami Dade Community College teaching “Introduction to Education” classes.

Mike Jones represents the Lake Alfred community. His involvement began when he visited with many of our students in the capacity of Youth Pastor. He is currently Lead Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Lake Alfred. Mike regularly attends our school functions and continues to be concerned about our students and their success.

Linda Williams represents our community. She holds an Educational Doctorate in Organizational Leadership and a Master’s of Education in Educational Leadership. Linda has an extensive career in education and is currently teaching graduate level courses at Nova Southeastern University and University of Phoenix Online and Doctoral level courses at Northcentral University.

Jill Dunbar is the Board Secretary. She has been employed in public education for more than 15 years. She is currently an Assistant to the Executive Director.

Carol Fulks is the Board President and Executive Director of Discovery Academy. She has been in Education Administration for 26 years and holds a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision. She has been involved in numerous initiatives throughout her career in education. Her prior business knowledge has helped her to implement theses initiative effectively. Her broad view of the education system has been a product of having begun her career in education as a parent volunteer, then a Paraprofessional, then teacher, and continuing her career into administration. Carol’s accomplishments include certification in six areas of education: Administration and Supervision, Elementary Education, Early Childhood, Middle School Mathematics, Middle School Social Studies, and Middle School English. She has consistently stayed current with research-base strategies and is a certified trainer for Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen Covey), Positive Classroom Discipline (Fred Jones), Cooperative Learning (Kagan & Kagan), and Brain Based Teaching and Learning (Eric Jensen). She has also completed The Educational Leadership Institute sponsored by Willard Daggett of the International Center for Leadership I Education. Carol has dedicated her work over the past two decades to the middle school philosophy because it addresses the needs of the adolescent child in a changing world.

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