The administration of P.K. Yonge is keenly focused on fostering the development of a school community that strives to meet the needs of all children. This focus is rooted in the belief that all children are of unique value and, therefore, have unique needs.
P.K. Yonge is governed by the University of Florida Board of Trustees and entrusts the P.K. Yonge director to oversee school operations and school budgets. The school is administered by a director, a principal, three assistant principals and two deans.
Director – Lynda Fender Hayes, Ph.D.
P.K. Yonge’s Director reports to the Dean of the University of Florida College of Education. The Director is responsible for leading and developing a robust research agenda and the outreach mission of the school. The Director works with interested research and development partners on grant applications and awards and designing a research effort that supports and informs program development at P.K. Yonge. The Director manages the school budget and leads fundraising and communications efforts.
Principal – Carrie Geiger, Ed.D.
P.K. Yonge’s Principal is responsible for leading the school programs for our students and faculty. The Principal works with the school leadership team to provide direct support to the teaching faculty, students, and parents. The principal provides leadership and oversight for the Assistant Principals, Deans, and the Faculty.
Director of Student and Family Services – Ashley Pennypacker Hill, Ed.D.
P.K. Yonge’s Director of Student and Family Services is responsible for providing administrative oversight for special education services and leading P.K. Yonge’s multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS). The purpose of P.K. Yonge’s MTSS program is to identify and respond to student need for academic, behavioral, social, and emotional intervention to support their success in school. P.K. Yonge’s Director of Student and Family Services collaborates with school administrators, teaching faculty, counselors, Learning Community Leaders, the school psychologist, the speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, behavior coaches, SRO, and the school nurse to respond to student needs.
Director of Program Development and Outreach – Christy Gabbard, M.Ed.
P.K. Yonge’s Director of Program Development and Outreach leads the teaching faculty as they design and test strategies and programs to improve student achievement and success. In addition, the Director of Program Development and Outreach leads P.K. Yonge’s professional learning program, and manages and responds to state requirements for approved plans and requests for information. P.K. Yonge’s robust outreach program provides immersive learning experiences for interested educators from across the state and nation, and around the world.
Athletic Director – Kelly Barrett, M.S.
P.K. Yonge’s Athletic Director is the lead administrator responsible for managing and supporting the school’s highly regarded athletic program. The Athletic Director is responsible for recruiting, hiring, and supervising the Head Coach for all P.K. Yonge varsity sports including football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, swimming/diving, golf, tennis, track and field, cross country, softball, and soccer.
Director of Communications – Julie Henderson, M.H.Ed.
P.K. Yonge’s Director of Communications leads and manages institutional communications, public relations, and serves as the public information officer for the school. The Director of Communications manages donor and alumni communications, school publications, the school’s digital and social media presence, and is responsible for emergency/crisis communications.