We are pleased to introduce the talented faculty joining CDS Middle School.
We are pleased to introduce the talented faculty joining CDS Middle School in the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. They bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to our community. Please join us in welcoming them to the Patriot Nation!
Eric Ebert, 8th grade Design Technology Teacher
Eric Ebert has an eclectic set of interests that revolve around mathematics, computer science, and history. He has spent the last six years teaching computer science and upper level math courses at Casady School in Oklahoma City. He has often spent his summers teaching a mathematical cryptography course at the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) through Johns Hopkins. Eric has enjoyed working with students of all ages and strives to spark curiosity and allow students to discover ideas. More recently he has been exploring ideas underpinning creativity and design thinking. During quarantine, he has been binge reading and cycling. Eric is very excited to be joining the CDS community and to be working with middle school students.
Cheryl George, 7th Grade Humanities Teacher
Cheryl George has been an educator for 15 years of which four of those were spent here at CDS teaching Humanities at the 8th grade level from 2013-2017. Though her early career involved working in the travel sector, she was inspired to follow her love of history, people, and places, by sharing it with young people in the role of a teacher. After returning to university and earning a BS degree in secondary education at Florida Southern College, she began her teaching career with a brief stint in the Florida public school system before moving to teach history and geography at All Saints’ Academy to grades 6-10. Her seven years there were highlighted by serving as a coach for an academic team, sponsoring a Youth-In-Government club and earning a Teacher of the Year award. She is returning to CDS after teaching for three years in Guangzhou, China at an International IB school. There she served as an MYP Integrated Humanities teacher for English language learners in grades 7-10. Though her inner-adventurer found teaching internationally fascinating, and she loved the unique experience and perspective that living on the other side of the world afforded, she has moved back to the Tampa area to be close to her family. Cheryl has recently become a grandmother to a set of twins, and being a part of their lives comes first, she says. She is thrilled to return to the Carrollwood Day School community, as according to her, “it is the best school with the best mix of teachers, students and parents, and the best leadership—bar none.”
Scott Sandoval, 8th grade Language & Literature Teacher
Scott Sandoval was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Arts in Teaching both from the University of South Florida. While at the University of South Florida, Scott Sandoval served as the Student Body Vice President and participated in the SCATTER program (SunCoat Area Teacher Training and Educational Research). Additionally, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the University of Exeter in England and received honorable mention as an Outstanding Latino in Education.
Prior to coming to CDS, Scott Sandoval was the seventh and eighth grade English teacher at Tampa Prep. While in this role, he developed several programs such as the annual Dance Marathon, annual Terrapin Day, and revitalized the Key Club. While in the role of advisor, the Key Club went on to win distinguished club for the state of Florida. Additionally, Scott Sandoval started Tampa Prep's new esports program. He has participated in several professional developments including attending the Teacher's program at the University of Cambridge to study poetry through the Oxbridge organization.
Recently, Scott Sandoval received an Ed.S. in Teacher Leadership from the University of Florida and is in the final year of his doctorate at Saint Leo University. Scott looks forward to bringing his energy and knowledge to the CDS community!