Winter Garden is a city located 14 miles (23 km) west of downtown Orlando in western Orange County, Florida, United States. It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. Winter Garden’s population as of the 2010 census was 34,568.
Winter Garden is located at (28.560328, -81.584069). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.6 square miles (40.4 km2), of which 15.4 square miles (39.9 km2) is land and 0.19 square miles (0.5 km2) (1.28%) is water. Winter Garden is bordered on the south by the town of Windermere, on the east by the city of Ocoee, on the west by the town of Oakland and on the north by Lake Apopka.
Welcome to Winter Gardens
As of the census of 2000, there were 14,351 people, 5,380 households, and 3,663 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,190.2 inhabitants per square mile (459.4/km²). There were 5,861 housing units at an average density of 486.1 per square mile (187.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.60% White, 13.25% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.99% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 6.45% from other races, and 2.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.50% of the population.
Lakeview Middle School
Please grant me this opportunity to introduce myself. I am Dr. Athena Adams. I have been with OCPS for over 20 years. I began my teaching career at Jones High School as a drop-out prevention teacher and then transitioned to a Language Arts instructor. After being in the classroom for eight years, I served as an instructional support/resource teacher and also as a school based administrator. I have served as a dean, reading coach, instructional coach, and as an assistant principal at both high school and middle school levels.
For the last six years, I have served as a principal; Bridgewater Middle School (four years) and most recently at Carver Middle School (two years). I earned my bachelor’s degree from Spelman College in Atlanta Georgia. I then transition to graduate school at the University of Central Florida, where I earned my Master’s in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Specialist in Education, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership.
Lake Whitney Elementary School
Thankful, as defined by Webster’s Dictionary, is a feeling or showing of gratitude. We have many things to be thankful for here at Lake Whitney. In addition to our wonderful students, teachers, support staff, and parents, we have a very special person on our campus who is driven to make a difference in the lives of children.
Big hearts, big smiles, and big impacts are how we describe our Elementary School Counselor of the Year, Ms. Tambi Durham. Ms. Durham is a recognized leader by our students, faculty and parents for her work in all things involving guidance and student services. Our students cannot wait for their class’ turn for Ms. Durham to come and teach the monthly character lessons. Always the advocate for all, Ms. Durham plays an active role in our Guardian Angel Fund to help with needs of Lake Whitney families. She also meets the needs of others outside of our school by partnering with a local organization, One Heart for Women and Children, to hold an annual food and toy drive. Over the past 3 years, over 10,000 food items and over 1,200 gifts have been donated to women and children in need. Ms. Tambi Durham is an essential component of what makes Lake Whitney Elementary stand out as a top-rated school.
West Orange High School
Completed in 1975 at a cost of 6.5 million dollars, West Orange High was formed as a consolidation of two over-crowded high schools within western Orange County: Lakeview High School and Ocoee High School. Ocoee High School has since been rebuilt and reinstated due to overcrowding in West Orange and Apopka High School. The Lakeview High School site became Lakeview Junior High School. In recent times, Lakeview has undergone a campus expansion and renovation as Lakeview Middle School. The first classes were held at Lakeview High School in September 1975. The first principal of the school was Lester Dabbs. Upon completion of the new facility, classes began onsite in January 1976.
The original West Orange High School building design was extremely modernistic for its time. In fact, the WOHS main building was an award winning design for the architectural firm. Apopka High School was the only school in existence with the same exact building format. West Orange appeared virtually identical to its sister school, both in the original pristine white paint scheme. The school name’s facade on the side of the gym and the front entrance were trimmed in cypress wood. Gymnasium accent columns, as well as the round front entrance planters, were trimmed in red brick.
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