Ayanna B. Whitworth-Barner,
8th Grade Assistant Principal
I am excited to serve William Dandy Middle School as the 7th grade Assistant Principal. I truly believe that learning should be ongoing, “relentless” and always done for the purpose of improvement. I believe that a well-rounded education that shapes the whole child is the best way to help children develop into productive adults. For this reason, I work to support teachers and parents as they guide our students as they navigate through their academic careers. My mission is to facilitate the implementation of rigorous instruction that stresses social emotional learning and focuses on life skills and character education.
Prior to becoming an educator in Broward County, I started my career as a college Adjunct Professor at Pima Community College and an Associate Professor at my alma mater, the University of Arizona, in Tucson, Arizona. In 2007, I started my grade school teaching career at Blanche Ely High School in Pompano and at McArthur High School in Hollywood, Florida. In 2013, I had the opportunity to serve in a leadership role as the Curriculum Specialist and Social Emotional Learning Liaison at Apollo Middle School. In 2018, I earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University.
In February 2020 I was welcomed to the William Dandy family. My goal is to support the enhancement of our school culture and improve the community we serve by maintaining a safe and secure learning environment. The Wildcat family encourages academic excellence, instills the importance of valuing and respecting oneself and others, and work to develop students socially and emotionally. This year our theme is, “The World is Calling”. The Wildcat Faculty and staff aim to create rich educational experiences and support our students as they rise to the challenge and respond to the call.
John W. Battle III,
7th Grade Assistant Principal
“Knowledge is power and education is the cornerstone of all successful people and systems”
I am honored to serve the William Dandy Middle Students, Staff, Community and the Dillard Innovation Zone. I share the vision of B.C.P.S. and W.D.M.S. that focuses on “Educating today’s students to succeed tomorrow” and “One year of growth”. Our W.D.M.S. theme is “The World is Calling” and I am is committed to providing our students and staff with high quality leadership/instruction, a safe and supportive environment and effective communication.
Prior to joining the Williams Dandy family, I was instrumental in coordinating the both Middle and High School programs at Whiddon-Rogers Education Center and Hallandale Magnet High School by providing alternative educational and behavioral strategies that supported social emotional growth which instilled a desire for students to become lifelong learners.
As we reimagine our middle school programs, I strongly believe students can obtain academic success when given the proper environment, exposure, resources and presentation”.
Mrs. Cara Coletti-Span,
6th Grade Assistant Principal
As the 6th grade administrator, I would like to welcome the "brand new" wildcats to the WDMS family. Middle school is a big change for 6th graders! With the help of my "6th grade team" (my counselor, my teachers and support staff), I strive to ensure that your child's experience at our school provides opportunities for them to grow and flourish socially, emotionally and academically in a safe and secure environment. I encourage all of my students to join a club or try out for a sports team and get involved in the "middle school experience".
Before becoming a school based administrator, I was an educator at the middle, high, and adult/community school levels. I am a product of Broward County Public Schools and graduated from South Broward High School. I currently hold a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Prior to joining the WDMS family, I served as an assistant principal at Margate Middle School from 2006-2015.
In addition to my work life, I have raised three children, all graduates of Broward County Public Schools. My daughters have both graduated from FAU and my son is a graduate of UCF.