John W. Battle III,
8th 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,
7th Grade Assistant Principal
As the 7th grade administrator, I would like to welcome back our Wildcats to the WDMS 2021-2022 school year. The things to expect from a typical seventh grader include:
· They have high energy, but will need much rest.
· They will have growth spurts; girls ahead of boys.
· They value physical activities and sports.
· Their eating patterns change and may become overly concerned about dieting.
· They may feel awkward and may worry about their body.
· They may have an increased need for personal hygiene.
With the help of my "7th 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.
Ayanna B. Whitworth-Barner,
6th Grade Assistant Principal
Hello William Dandy School Family. I am Ms. Whitworth-Barner, affectionately known as Ms. W-B.
I excited about the 2021-22 school year and honored to serve as the 6th Grade Assistant Principal. I share Principal Winston-Davis’ dedication to caring for our students while providing them with a rich educational experience. I have been deeply impressed with WDMS’s caring faculty and staff. I look forward to assisting parents, students and teachers reacclimate themselves to an engaging academic environment and developing students socially, emotionally and academically. Additionally, I am committed to supporting our faculty and staff because without them, there will be no student success.
Our theme this year is to “Grow….Know…Show, Winning in 2021-2022”. This year we will implement new initiatives, such as Lead for Change and Peace Club, while bringing back some successful initiatives such as SEL (Social Emotional Learning), PBIS (Positive Behavior Incentives and Supports), which will allow us to address the unique needs of our students and families.
My commitment to each of you is that I will treat your children with the compassion and consideration that I give my own. I believe in the boundless potential of children and believe that our mission here is to help every child grow, know and show what they’ve learned while here at William Dandy.