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 Executive Secretary III 863-519-3606
Dawn Taylor Clerk Specialist 863-534-0646
Sherry Boyette Senior Coordinator - Finance & Budget 863-519-3601
Alyson Dort Senior Coordinator - Program Support: Private, TOP, Charters 863-534-0784
Tiffany Capers Coordinator - Program Support: Neglected/Delinquent 863-519-3600
Melissa Giffin Coordinator - Program Support: PEP - WH, Extended Learning 863-534-9241
Melissa Northup Coordinator - Program Support: Highly Qualified & PreK 863-534-0056
Cynthia Stybel Student Assignment Specialist - Private Schools 863-534-9242
Denise Atwell Senior Coordinator - Parent Involvement, Parent Engagement, Books Bridge, Parent Centers, and Parent University 863-519-3603
Peggy Andersen Senior Technician - Program Assistance, Title I 863-534-0840
TBD Clerk Specialist 863-534-0777
Andy Baldwin Coordinator - Migrant


Ismael Jimenez Manager - Migrant ID&R and OSY Services 863-534-0655
Elsa Gonzalez Migrant Support Services Associate Technician 863-534-0656
Yiny Berra Technician - Migrant Support 863-534-0653
Aylin Medina Migrant Records System Operator 863-534-0659
Alysa Nolen TRST - Technology, Federal Property 863-534-0776
Pam Diaz Network Manager 863-534-0776

Grants Management Staff

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