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Mr. Van Ayres



Principal Van Ayres is a proud 1992 honor graduate of Jefferson High School. He is delighted to have been a member of the Jefferson Baseball team which won the 1991 Saladino Tournament.  

After graduation, he attended  the University of Tampa, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry.  He then received his  M.Ed. Degree is in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.  

Mr. Ayres began his professional career as part of the inaugural faculty at Howard W. Blake High School, where he taught Science.  He was appointed Assistant Principal for Student Affairs and later Assistant Principal for Curriculum at Blake High School before becoming Principal of this great school!

Mr. Ayres believes that every student has within him or her the potential of becoming the best that they can be, and that the school community and parents working together can ensure their success.



Assistant Principal of Curriculum - Traditional:
Mr. Robert Quinn

Assistant Principal of Curriculum - Magnet:
Ms. Holly Frazier
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"If you think you can, you can" -R.M. Forsythe


Ms Frazier is a native of Georgetown, South Carolina and has been a resident of Florida since 1983.  She  was educated at South Carolina State University (BA), Nova University (MS) (Ed. S minus thesis).  Ms Frazier brought to us a wealth of experience as a former social studies teacher at the high school, junior high school and middle school levels, Human Relations Specialist at the high school and middle school levels, and an assistant principal at the middle school level prior to coming to Jefferson High School.

State of Florida Principal Certificate, Educational Leadership, FPMS trainer, Clinical Education Trainer, Gifted Certification, Social Studies and History Certification

Ida Baker Teacher of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Teacher of the Month, APSA of the year, Human Relations Specialist of the Year

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. HABSE, HASA, Phi Delta Kappa

To encourage and motivate others to reach their best potential.


A product of the Hillsborough County Public School System, Mr. Cannon graduated with his B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Murray State University located in Western Kentucky in 1992 where he attended on an Athletic Scholarship.  He later earned his Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teaching certificate from the University of South Florida, and shortly after his master’s, and educational specialist's degrees in educational leadership from Argosy University.  His favorite pastimes are spending time with his lovely wife and kids, watching college football, playing basketball, and mentoring children in his community.  The desire to make a change in a child's life prior to them entering the criminal justice system was the driving force behind his decision to enter the field of education.  Mr. Cannon describes himself as the John Wayne type, he can come into town and be mannerly, but don’t mess with him, don’t mistake his kindness for his weakness.  

My goal as an administrator is to provide students, faculty, and staff with a strong, positive; team oriented leader in their school community.  In addition to empowering students to become self-sufficient shareholders in society I seek to serve as a beacon of leadership by utilizing my diverse talents to create an environment where students, parents, faculty, and staff won’t accept anything less than behavioral and academic excellence.

Assistant Principal of Administration
& Athletic Director:
Mr. Bernard Cannon

"Whatever the mind can conceive or believe,
the mind can achieve.”

Assistant Principal of Student Affairs (A-K):
Mr. Jeff Duncan

Mr. Duncan joined the administration of Jefferson High School in 2012.  

Ms. Andux-Vila joined the administration of Jefferson High School in 2010.  

Assistant Principal of Student Affairs (L-Z):
Ms. Alina Andux-Vila

Main Office Support Staff:

Phone ext.
Caroleen Tillery
Principal's Secretary
Amy Michniak
APC Secretary - Traditional
Yakara Hernandez
APC Secretary - Magnet
Evette Carter
APA Secretary
Pamela Rodriguez

Student Affairs Support Staff:

Phone ext.
Arlene Germain-Ruiz
Student Affairs Secretary / Attendance Clerk
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Officer Juan Fontela
School Resource Officer