Purpose & Goal

The Federal Programs and Grants Management Department supports the successful implementation of various projects. Each grant is designed to increase, enhance and improve student and staff performance in Polk County Schools.

The goal of Title I is to improve student achievement through effective instruction, professional development, and family involvement.

District Grants

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Federal Programs Staff

Name: Title: Phone:
Maria Longa Senior Director, Federal Programs & Grants Management 863-534-0647
Fay Walker Secretary 863-519-3606
Melissa Giffin Coordinator - Program Support and School Improvement 863-534-9241
Alyson Dort Coordinator - Program Support and Pre-K 863-534-0824
Tiffany Capers Coordinator - Program Support and Neglected/Delinquent 863-519-3600
Denise Atwell Coordinator - Parent Involvement, Parent Engagement, Books Bridge, Parent Centers, and Parent University 863-519-3603
TBD Coordinator - Program Support and Evaluation


TBD Coordinator - Private Schools 863-534-0824
Cynthia Stybel Student Assignment Specialist - Private Schools 863-534-9242
Sherry Boyette Senior Coordinator - Finance & Budget 863-519-3601
Jennifer Schob Clerk Specialist 863-534-0777
Peggy Andersen Senior Technician - Program Assistance, Title I 863-534-0840
Dawn Taylor Clerk Specialist 863-534-0646
Andy Baldwin Coordinator - Migrant


Elsa Gonzalez Migrant Support Services Specialist 863-534-0656
Yiny Berra Migrant Records System Operator 863-534-0659
Jeani Lamb Migrant Records System Operator 863-534-0659
TBD TRST - Technology, Federal Property 863-534-0776

Grants Management Staff

Name: Title: Phone:
Dawn Robertson Director of Grant Acquisitions 863-519-3602
Sheridan Stead Senior Grants Technician 534-0649