Cheri Leavitt Principal 5062223

Educating our youth is the key to ensuring a bright future for our community and our country. The students who sit in our classrooms today will be the leaders of our world in the near future. I have a sincere passion for finding and tapping into the potential in each and every student who walks through our doors. 

In 2015, I was named as principal of Freedom Middle School and I am honored to serve the FMS community. I look forward to much success with the phenomenal staffulty, students, parents, and community members.

I am mom of three remarkable children: Stephen, a junior in high school; Justin, a 7th grader; and Kaitlyn, a 5th grader.  In my spare time, I love to read, swim, run and “play” with my kids. On any given night and every weekend, I can be found with book in hand, watching my kids play the sports they love.

The middle school years are pivotal years in a child’s development socially, educationally, emotionally, and physically. At Freedom MS, we will continue to work to meet all our students’ needs and to be a resource for our community. 





Agnes Cruz Assistant Principal 5062236

I am originally form Puerto Rico and moved to Dallas, TX right before graduating from high school. I attended Austin College in the tiny town of Sherman, TX where I learned English trying to survive my first year of college. I graduated with a degree in TV and Broadcasting, but soon found out my true passion was teaching students who, very much like me, didn’t speak English. I went to school at the University of Texas at Arlington to pursue a degree in teaching while working at Stockard Middle School in Dallas, TX.

I relocated to Orlando, FL in 2000 and have been working in OCPS since 2001. Prior to joining the Freedom Middle School family in June 2016, I was an 8th grade Language Arts ESOL teacher, a CCT, and an Administrative Dean at Chain of Lakes and Bridgewater MS, Senior Administrator for the Multilingual Services Department, and the Assistant Principal at Sunset Park Elementary. I am excited to be back in Middle School this year!

When I am not working, I am spending time with my wonderful husband and my son who is a Senior this year in OCPS. I enjoy reading, shopping, and as a true island native, I love spending time at the beach.


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 Denine Brown
Assistant Principal

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Ross  Dean 5062224

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 thomasj  Joyce Thomas  Dean 5062264 

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Yarin Rodriguez
ESOL Compliance Teacher and Coach

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Cook School counselor

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Thomas  School counselor  5062248
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Cox Media Specialist 5062238

Angela Cox started teaching middle school in 2001. Her main focuses have been in Language Arts and Math. She is excited to be able to serve Freedom Middle in her new role as Media Specialist which combines all of her interests and educational experience into one. She is married to Mr. Dylan Cox who is a ceramics teacher and they have two wonderful children. She loves to read, crochet, knit, and play musical instruments.


Patrick Howland


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 Barbie Slade Staffing Specialist 5062275

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Lydia Cook
Instructional Coach 5062271

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Penelope Lowe MTSS Coordinator 5062246

Ms. Lowe originates from Kingston, Jamaica and was raised in Miami. She has been a resident of Orlando for the past 18 years, as well as a long time instructor with Orange County Public Schools. Ms. Lowe graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and has worked in the elementary, middle and high school settings as a teacher, staffing specialist and instructional coach. Ms. Lowe has two sons, Archer and Anthony, who are both products of OCPS. Ms. Lowe enjoys reading, cooking and crafting during her spare time. Ms. Lowe looks forward to sharing her passion for learning, love of reading, and enthusiasm for education.



Reading Specialist 5062233

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   Brandie Ross

Technology Support Representative 5062234

I am a native Floridian. I was born and raised in Tallahassee.  My family moved to Orlando in 2016.  I have an Associates Degree in Information Technology and a Bachelors Degree in Management.  I have worked with technology in education since 2007.  I love finding new ways to improve the technology in the classroom to make the learning environment more creative and fun.

I have 3 amazing kids, Angel who is sophomore in high school, Christopher who is in 4th grade and Kimberly who is 3 years old. My husband, Craig, is a History teacher for FLVS. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, baking and cooking.