Born and raised in Lake Wales, Mr. Blankenship’s focus is on helping Polk County students be successful. Matt Blankenship graduated from University of South Florida with a Bachelors in English Literature and a Masters in Educational Leadership. Mr. Blankenship is currently pursuing a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction in Literacy studies from University of South Florida and frequently presents at regional, state and national conferences to teachers on best literacy practices. Beginning his career at Auburndale High School, Mr. Blankenship worked for eight years as a teacher and dean before moving to Fort Meade Middle Senior High School. Mr. Blankenship will now take the helm at Stambaugh Middle School.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela
Ms. Wilder joined the Stambaugh family during the 16-17 school year. She previously served as math coach at Daniel Jenkins Academy.
Our Assistant Principal of Administration, Ms. Holly Ryan, joined Stambaugh during the 2017- 2018 school year.
Ms. Clay has been part of the Stambaugh family for several years. After a brief term as dean at Bartow Middle, Ms. Clay returned to Stambaugh during the 16-17 school year.