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Celebrating more than 25 years of serving students and our community, Discovery Middle has a longstanding tradition of excellence. Recently recognized by the State of Florida as a “School of Excellence”, Discovery Middle offers advanced courses for high school credit, a plethora of elective courses such as art, band, chorus, guitar, orchestra, foreign language, computer technology, STEM, and Latinos in Action. Student artwork has been recognized in local museums and art shows and have won numerous art competitions. Our band, chorus, and orchestra students have received superior ratings from All-County and All-State competitions. We offer computer courses where students have the opportunity to earn both high school credit and Microsoft industry certification. Students who participate in STEM are often found working on engineering projects that prepare them with real-world skills such as problem-solving, collaboration and decision-making while utilizing principles learned in their math and science courses. Our Latinos in Action partner with our neighboring school, Waterford Elementary to tutor students in reading and math. Simply put, Discovery Middle is a school of excellence and innovation.
Discovery Middle is partnering with other stakeholders to integrate the arts into all content areas. According to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, arts integration is defined as, “an approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.”

Our Administration:

Principal

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Dr. Fernandez

I am originally from New York City, but call Central Florida my home. I attended Queens College, in New York City, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I then earned my master’s degree in Counseling from Ball State University. I continued my educational endeavor at Florida State University, where I earned my educational specialist degree in Multicultural Multilingual education, and by doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida.
The foundation of my educational philosophy is the firm belief I hold that all students can achieve. I have carried this credence first as an ESOL teacher, then as a guidance counselor, and lastly, as an administrator both at the elementary and secondary levels. I have served at Discovery Middle School for 17 years as an assistant principal and now as the principal.


Assistant Principal

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Dr. Leptz

I was born in Brooklyn, New York and relocated to Orlando with my family while in high school. I am a proud graduate of Dr. Phillips High School – Go Panthers! I attended Rollins College, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication with a minor in English. I then attended Stetson University where I earned my master’s degree in Educational Leadership. I recently obtained my doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with a focus on Organizational Leadership from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida.
I embarked upon my career in education at my alma mater, Dr. Phillips High School where I taught Language Arts and SAT prep. I then served as a dean at Ocoee Middle and soon thereafter became an assistant principal at Maitland Middle and now at Discovery Middle. As an educator, my greatest desire is to help students find their purpose and develop the skills, character, and mindset necessary for them to succeed in their future endeavors.


Assistant Principal

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Mr. Wilson

I was born in Wilmington, North Carolina and moved to Houston, Texas when I was 6 months old. I joined the U.S. Navy, upon graduating from high school. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Social Science Education and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida. I currently have 22 total years of military service. I am a Chief Master Sergeant for the 290th, Joint Communications Support Element, based in MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida. I have completed 4 tours of duty, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, and Qatar.
I began my career at Timber Creek High School as a social science teacher. I then moved on to Jackson Middle School as the 7th grade administrative dean. Upon becoming an administrator, I served Hunter’s Creek Elementary School as assistant principal. As a member of this community, I am very excited to be a part of the Discovery Middle School family. Discovery has a long running history of excellence, and I am proud to say I am an Explorer.

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