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Faculty Update
Posted 06/05/2018 01:34PM

Welcome New MS Faculty

This is the first in a series of articles introducing new faculty and staff that will be joining Carrollwood Day School this year.

This is going be a banner year for Carrollwood Day School’s middle school. We are incredibly excited to be adding two new positions to our already strong division, a learning specialist and innovation integrator. These positions will support both teacher and student learning, increase individualized instruction, and provide new opportunities for curriculum development. Ms. Aliya Killion and Mr. Jim Poulin are both strong professionals with extensive instructional backgrounds. Their input and support is going to make our student services even stronger and keep our teachers on the cutting edge of education in both pedagogy and technology practices.

Additionally, we also have four new teachers coming aboard that are bringing a great deal of enthusiasm to our team. Mrs. Mindy Gilbert, Ms. Erica Martin, Mr. Jordan Baumgartner, and Mrs. Jamie Kiner are all incredibly experienced teachers within their disciplines.

For the students, construction of the new administrative suite affords us the opportunity to create a middle school lounge and learning center. The area above the new offices is being designed to provide space for collaborative group work, individual work, and just plain fun and relaxation for our middle school students.

Dr. Agliata is eagerly anticipating the new school year, “I am excited to welcome our new teachers, hear their perspectives, and see what new ideas they may have to keep our middle school pushing forward! I am also looking forward to showing off and utilizing the new MS student lounge and learning center as it will be a great example of what is to come in the future. I know the kids are going to absolutely love it!”

Please join us in welcoming these new members of the middle school faculty:

Jordan Baumgartner
7th grade Humanities Teacher
Jordan Baumgartner

Jordan Baumgartner earned a bachelor's degree in both Secondary Education Social Studies and History from Eastern Michigan University. During his teaching career at Imagine Schools and Wharton High School, he has taught Civics, U.S. History, U.S. Government, World History Honors, and AP World History. Beyond the classroom, he has held been a Technology Coordinator, Student Council Advisor, and National Junior Honor Society Advisor. A Michigan native who grew up around hockey, he established the first-ever Street Hockey Team for Imagine Schools.

In his free time, you will find him skating in his weekly ice hockey league or enjoying many weekends at Walt Disney World as an annual pass holder with his wife, Lauren.

Mindy Gilbert
8th grade Language and Literature Teacher
Mindy Gilbert

Mindy Gilbert is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, but later she moved to Nashville, TN to attend Belmont University where graduated with honors. She holds a B.A. in both English and Secondary Education.

Mrs. Gilbert began her career teaching middle school English in Tennessee. She immediately fell in love with this age group and continues to love instilling a passion for reading in writing in her students. While teaching in a 5-8 charter school, she served as a middle school teacher as well as a teacher coach and member of the Teacher Leadership Team. Three years ago, she moved to sunny Tampa and continued teaching middle school ELA. Mrs. Gilbert is heading into her 9th year of teaching and could not be more excited to be a part of the CDS team. Mrs. Gilbert believes that she has the best job in the world because she gets to see her students do inspiring, innovative things every single day.

Aliya Killion
Middle School Learning Specialist

Aliya Killion

Aliya Killion comes to CDS with 18 years experience in education to fill the newly created position of Middle School Learning Specialist. Aliya Killion comes to CDS having most recently been the ESE Specialist at Oak Park Middle School in Lake County, Florida. Prior to that, Ms. Killion was the Assistant Director of the Florida Inclusion Network at the University of South Florida. There she provided technical assistance and services to 13 school districts in central Florida in order to increase the inclusion and meaningful participation of students with support needs and learning differences in general education classes. Ms. Killion began her teaching career at PACE Center for Girls in Tampa, where she was the Language Arts and special education teacher, and later the program's Academic Manager.

Ms. Killion enjoys working with diverse learners and acting as part of a team to take a strengths-based approach to facilitating the success of all students. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Education at the University of South Florida, and is the very proud mother of a 6 year old daughter. She is looking forward to being a part of the CDS Middle School team.

Jamie Kiner
6th grade Language and Literature Teacher
Jamie Kiner

Jamie Kiner is entering her sixteenth year teaching and is a self-directed, enthusiastic educator committed to student development, the learning experience, and enriching students’ lives. She is a native of Naples, Florida, and a graduate from Florida State University, where she earned a B.A. in English and minored in communications and journalism. She was also a collegiate athlete.

After undergraduate school, she worked for ESPN as a writer, reporter, and producer in Bristol, CT. Years later, Jamie’s passion for children and education led her to Florida Gulf Coast University, where she earned her masters in education and was awarded a scholarship to study at Oxford University in England.

She has taught in Naples, Connecticut, and Tampa. She has taught sixth through twelfth grades and has been an academic literacy coach and college counselor for five years.

Jamie is married to Jimi Kiner, the head swim coach at The University of Tampa, and has two daughters, Kaleesi (3 yrs) and Elysian (2 yrs), who are ecstatic they will be attending CDS in the fall!

Erica Byers
6th grade Spanish Teacher
Erica Martin

¡Hola! Erica Byers is thrilled to start her adventure at Carrollwood Day School. She comes to CDS with 7 years of teaching experience at multiple levels of language acquisition, from 5th grade to 12th grade. She taught middle school Spanish at Lutz Preparatory for the past three years. Prior to teaching middle school, she taught high school Spanish for four years in Ohio where she was born and raised (Go Buckeyes!). She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wittenberg University with a degree in Spanish Education.

She has studied Spanish for more than 15 years and has traveled all over the world. Señoa Byers loves to bring her stories, souvenirs, and experiences into the classroom in order to bring the language to life for her students. She believes that total immersion is the best way to master a language.

Outside of teaching, Señora Byers loves to travel, be outside, and play with her dog. She loves spending time with her big family and husband! Some of her favorite things are music, food, sunshine, dancing, animals, sports, laughter, and movies. Señora Byers is so excited to share her love of Spanish with the students at CDS!

Jim Poulin
MS/US Innovation Integrator
Jim Poulin

After five years in the CDS Upper School, Jim Poulin is transitioning to the role of MS and US Innovation Integrator. After successfully building the Design Technology program in the Upper School, Jim is eager to use his passion for innovation in education to help all of our faculty identify and design classroom strategies and tools that can help better prepare our students for the demands of their future world.

As Jim explains his new role, "As the Design Tech teacher, one of the challenges has always been to remain current and relevant as technology and innovation progresses at a rapid rate. It is one thing to get a nice fancy new machine, however, using it in a relevant way and keeping that machine running often takes a back seat to planning, grading, and finding new methods of getting information across to students."

Jim sees himself as a facilitator to help teachers maximize these resources and is prepared to hit the ground running next school year. In addition to spending time looking over the MS and US curriculum this summer, he has already reached out to teachers for their ideas on how he can assist them in finding and using resources that complement the amazing things they are already doing in their classroom. 


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