Dr. Melissa Durrance
Dr. Melissa Durrance has been an educator with Polk County School District for 17 years. During the first nine years of her career, Dr. Durrance taught at the elementary school level. As a teacher, she was awarded Disney’s Teacherrific Award and became a National Board Certified Teacher as a Middle Childhood Generalist. In 2009, Dr. Durrance became an assistant principal and in 2014 she became the principal of Sleepy Hill Elementary. During her short time at Sleepy Hill she significantly raised student achievement and was able to move the school from a D to a B. Dr. Durrance has a passion for inspiring students and staff to work together to strive towards educational excellence.
Ms. Stinson attended Polk County schools, graduating from Haines City High School. She has served Polk County as a teacher, instructional coach and Assistant Principal for over twenty years. As an administrator, she assisted in moving her former school from a D to a B and cannot wait to see how far Griffin will continue to soar. her passion for students makes her love coming to work and she believes it takes a village to ensure each child reaches their full potential.