Cheri Leavitt

Cheri Leavitt, Principal

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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 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 a mom of three remarkable children: Stephen, a sophomore at UCF; Justin, a sophomore at Ocoee High School; and Kaitlyn, an 8th grader at Ocoee Middle School.  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; baseball for my boys and cheer, tumbling, basketball, soccer for Kaitlyn.

 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.

Denine Brown

Denine Brown, Assistant Principal

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Agnes Cruz

Agnes Cruz, Assistant Principal

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Mariedith Escanellas


Mariedith Escanellas, 6th grade Dean

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Shannon Ross

Shannon Ross, 7th grade Dean

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Roxann Taylor

Roxann Taylor, 8th grade Dean

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Maria Bonilla

Maria Bonilla, ELL & Support Facilitation

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Lydia Cook

Lydia Cook, Instructional Coach

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Angela Cox

Angela Cox, Media Specialist

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Angela Cox started teaching middle school in 2001. Her main focuses have been in Language Arts and Math. She is excited to serve Freedom Middle in her 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

Patrick Howland, CRT & Testing Coordinator

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Renee Leach

Renee Leach, Reading Specialist

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Penny Epifano

Penny Epifano, SAFE Coordinator

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I am proud to be celebrating my 21st year in OCPS.  I have had amazing opportunities to take part in roles as a special education teacher, staffing specialist, support facilitator, and MTSS coach.  My journey with OCPS has spread from elementary to high school and I’m grateful for the many ways I continue to grow with our organization.  My heart is with Freedom Middle School as both a staff member and resident of the community which I love!  My family consists of my husband, Kevin Epifano (Social Studies teacher at Freedom), my two sons who are now adults and my precious bonus child (Noah, age 4).

Carol Mulcahy

Carol Mulcahy, Behavior Specialist

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I graduated with my bachelor degree in Exceptional Student Education from Florida Atlantic University (Go OWLS!) in Boca Raton, FL. I taught various ESE classes at the elementary and high school levels for 15 years. I have been a behavioral specialist for the past 13 years in Orange County. I received my masters’ degree in Exceptional Student Education, with a certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from the University of Central Florida (Go Knights!) I guess that makes me a “Knight-Owl?” In my spare time, I enjoy reading and outdoor activities like swimming and hiking. I look forward to the 2019-2020 school year!

Yarin Rodriguez

Yarin Rodriguez, ESE Staffing Specialist

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Jacquie Storms

Jacqueline Storms, MTSS/504

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 Carolyn Thomas  

Carolyn Thomas, Lead School Counselor [email protected] x5062248

I am a proud mother of one beautiful daughter, I am educator with almost 12 years of classroom experience under my belt (private, charter, and public school) and I am a Florida Certified School Counselor! Helping Adolescents is my passion and purpose in life.  I believe every person walking this earth has a purpose and if I can help my students begin to develop their purpose I feel as though I have been successful at what I am here to do. Adolescent years are very tough and they getting tougher by the day. Our students are having to navigate through territory that we never had to at their age. That is why I have dedicated my services to making sure that each student on our campus feels as though they have someone that they can reach out to when they are struggling. Whether it be academic, social or emotional issues,  I am here to support.