Dr. Danielle Hudzina

Phone: 941-698-2489

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Dr. Danielle Hudzina

Hello Vineland Herons! My name is Dr. Danielle Hudzina and I am honored to be appointed as your principal. I am thrilled to join this wonderful community! 

I was born and raised in Charlotte County where I attended Neil Armstrong Elementary, Port Charlotte Middle School, and Port Charlotte High School. I then earned my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Florida State University (GO NOLES!!) before moving back to Charlotte County and teaching at Punta Gorda Middle School. I taught Earth/Space Science and 7 Habits Leadership at PGMS for 8 years. 

My grandfather was a school principal at East Elementary and Neil Armstrong Elementary. I always wanted to follow in his footsteps and become a school leader. While teaching, I went back and earned my master's degree in Educational Leadership in 2009 from Florida Gulf Coast University.  I then started my doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from FGCU in 2012. 

Although I loved teaching at PGMS, I missed elementary school terribly! In 2014, I accepted an assistant principal position at an elementary school in DeSoto County. After 3 years of working in large, Title I schools in DeSoto County, I accepted an assistant principal position in Lee County. I finished my doctorate degree in 2018 while working as an assistant principal. For my dissertation, I focused on new teacher mentoring programs and teacher retention in rural school districts. Mentoring is one of my passions!

After being gone from Charlotte County for 5 years, I really wanted to come back home!  Luckily, I was able to do that by joining the Vineland community. I cannot wait to work with you, the staff, and your students to create a positive and encouraging learning environment for everyone at VES. Please contact me at any time with ideas, questions, or concerns. I want to work together with you to ensure VES is the best school possible! I am looking forward to meeting and working with you all.

 

Personal Mission Statement: I will be a positive role model and leader, encouraging others to strive for their personal best every single day. I will collaborate with all school stakeholders to create a positive and safe learning environment and ensure each student reaches his or her highest level of potential. 

Ms. Jacqueline Barber

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Ms. Jacqueline Barber

Jacqueline Barber joined Vineland Elementary School in 2004, following four years as an educator in New York State.  For nine years she taught third grade, first grade and ESE inclusion at Vineland Elementary before becoming the Assistant Principal in 2014.
 
Jacqueline Barber grew up in Catskill, New York and attended elementary school there before moving to Athens, Greece. Upon her return she graduated from Troy High School. She received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Oswego in Communication Studies, her Master of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Nazareth College of Rochester and Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from National Louis University.
 
Ms. Barber believes in a collaborative school environment as the key to creating successful relationships with teachers and students. Ms. Barber strives to create strong partnerships with both parents and the community in an effort to keep an open-door policy for Vineland Elementary families. Ms. Barber has three children; two daughters’ Korryn, 21, who attends FGCU, Avary, 16, a junior at Lemon Bay, and a son Reece, 18 who is a freshman at FGCU this fall.
 
My personal mission statement: I will provide a safe and engaging learning environment to encourage life-long learning that develops future community leaders.