Welcome to GMS - Home of the GATORS!
At GMS, our gators receive a challenging, college and career curriculum, highly qualified, caring teachers, and innovative teaching and learning. They develop and grow within a safe and effective learning environment. This is the product of a deep commitment to world-class, student centered excellence by teachers, staff, parents, community and leadership; and the results are clear.
GMS is ranked among the Best Middle Schools in Lake County. GMS has been amongst the top performing schools in the past twelve years. More than forty percent of our student pursue one or more advanced classes each year.
Our success goes beyond academics. Our students excel in each of the four A's: academics, activities, arts and athletics, while also developing a moral compass that will guide them after middle school-in high school, college, their career and life. The faculty, staff, and administration will do everything we can to help our gators become empowered for excellence.
Pam Chateauneuf, Principal
6th Grade AdministratorDuring her educational career, Stephanie Rhodes has gained a broad base of curricular, administrative, advisory and leadership experience. She began her career in South Florida where she worked as a preschool teacher, paraprofessional and finally as an elementary school varying exceptionalities teacher for Dade County Public Schools in 1992.
In 2000 her family relocated to Central Florida where she worked as a K-5 varying exceptionalities teacher, Resource Compliance Specialist at a middle and high school, Assistant Principal and as a Principal at a K-8 Charter School. In 2006 she began working for Lake County Schools as a Cooperative Consultation Educator and Exceptional Student Educator at Windy Hill Middle School. In 2008, she was hired as the ESE School Specialist at East Ridge Middle School until she was selected there as an Assistant Principal II in the summer of 2010. In 2011 she was chosen as an Assistant Principal at Gray Middle School.Stephanie Rhodes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Florida International University in 1991 and a Master of Education degree from National Louis University in 2002.
7th Grade Administrator
Billy Skelton, Assistant Principal, has a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelors Degree in Math Education from Florida International University. Mr. Skelton started his career in education by teaching Math at Miami Jackson Sr. High. He spent 1 year at Galaxy Middle in Deltona, Florida before leaving teaching to work full-time in a Christian Camping ministry for 5 years at Camp Horizon (Leesburg, Florida). In 1999, Mr. Skelton started his tenure in Lake County Schools, taking a position as a math teacher at South Lake High. After 3 years at South Lake and one year at East Ridge High School he accepted a position as an Assistant Principal at South Lake High. Mr. Skelton served 4 years as an AP at Clermont Middle, then came to Gray in August, 2008. After serving here for 5 years he spent the next year at Tavares High School. Mr. Skelton is happy to have been transferred back to Gray in 2014 where he serves at the best Middle School in the world.
Mr. Skelton resides in Montverde with his wife and 15-year-old twins. He loves his family and is in happy fellowship at Clermont Bible Fellowship. He also remains active in camp work at Camp Horizon each summer.
8th Grade Administrator
Mr. Smallridge was born and raised in Ocala, Florida. He holds a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from the University of Central Florida. He last taught Algebra 2 and Geometry at Belleview High School in Marion County in 2002.
His first administrative position was at Carver Middle School where he served as an Assistant Principal II for 2.5 years. He was promoted to Assistant Principal I in 2004 and continued that position throught the 2012-2013 school year. He was then transferred to Gray Middle for the 2013-2014 school year.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He is the stepfather to a 19 year old son Devin and a 14 year old daughter Erin. He is the father of a 4 year old son Riley.
Mr. Smallridge is excited to join the administrative team at Gray Middle and believes in the commitment that has been made by the faculty and staff to move students into tomorrow's world successfully.