Mrs. Cara Coletti-Span,
8th Grade Assistant Principal
Prior to becoming a school based administrator, Ms. Coletti-Span was an educator for 16 years at the middle, high, and adult/community school levels. Ms. Coletti-Span graduated from South Broward High School and then went on to receive her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University. She holds a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, and is certified in Mathematics, Business Education, and Educational Leadership. This is her 14th year as a school based administrator.
First hired as an administrator at Margate Middle School in 2006, some of her career highlights include developing the “School is Cool” after-school program into the leading program in Broward County for improved student achievement, attendance and behavior two years in a row. She has written and been awarded over 100K in grants from companies such as Hewlett Packard and Motorola to support the SELECT+ Innovative and STEM Magnet programs at Margate. Additionally, she worked to develop the Professional Learning Communities for teachers, ultimately moving the school from C to B her last year there. A graduate of the PROPEL Rapid Principal Preparation Program, in 2014, Ms. Coletti-Span created and implemented a fully functioning RtI program for the principal of South Plantation High School within a few short months.
In December of 2015, she was asked to consider a new opportunity and come to William Dandy Middle School to help the district. Accepting the chance to broaden her leadership experience, she assumed the duties as the administrator over the Magnet program, Science and Elective Departments. Science scores steadily improved under Ms. Coletti-Span, a total of 8% points in the school years 2016 & 2017. Working closely with the Magnet Coordinator she developed a marketing plan to showcase the medical and law programs to local public, private, and charter elementary schools. These efforts effectively increased the school enrollment for the third year in a row, beating district projections. In 2016, Mrs. Coletti-Span, initiated the District's Vocabulary.com instructional program at the school. William Dandy students finished third in the State of Florida and 11th in the Nation for word mastery, among middle schools and was recognized by the School Board of Broward County. In 2017-2018, since taking over the PBIS program, William Dandy Middle School achieved "Model School" status, for effective use of the Positive Behavior Intervion Support program. This is an honor only 4 middle schools in Broward County have earned! Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, she began serving as the administrator over the Reading and Language Arts Departments and in 2018-2019 moved proficiency and learning gains up 7% combined! Other responsibilities include safety & security, the master calendar, extra-curricular activities, athletic programs, transportation, PBIS and student incentives, and staff appreciation events.
In addition to her work life, Ms. Coletti-Span has raised three children, all graduates of Broward County Public Schools. Her daughters have both graduated from FAU and her son currently is currently attending UCF.
Ayanna B. Whitworth-Barner,
7th 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,
6th 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”.