Sumner High School & Academy 2027 Administration

  • Robert Nelson

    Principal of Sumner High School & Academy 2027

    Mr. Nelson is an award-winning educational leader who has been a public-school educator for 25 years in Tampa, Florida. He has served as a teacher, assistant principal, high school principal, and principal leadership coach in Hillsborough County Public Schools, the nation’s seventh largest public-school district. Robert has a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Mr. Nelson began his career as a physical education and administrative resource teacher at Pierce Middle School in 1995. He helped the school receive their first “B” school grade in history. In 2003, Mr. Nelson became an assistant principal at Plant High School. In 2007, Mr. Nelson was promoted to the principalship at Plant High School in which he was principal for 10 years. During his principalship, Plant High School was one of the highest rated high schools in Hillsborough County Public Schools, the state of Florida, a Washington Post Top 100 School and received a GOLD rating from U.S. News and World Report during multiple years.

    He has been awarded many accolades during his time as a high school principal. Mr. Nelson has been rated as a highly-effective principal for multiple years and received Principal-of-the-Year nominations and awards from the Hillsborough Counselors Association, Hillsborough Association of School Administrators (Professional Involvement Award), the Art Council, the Council for Exceptional Children, Hillsborough County Public Schools Exceptional Education Department, Hillsborough County PTSA and chose as the Reading Leader of the Year by Hillsborough County Public Schools. In 2017, Mr. Nelson was President of the High School Principals Council and chosen as the first Lead Principal of High Schools to support other high school administrators in their roles as educational leaders. Additionally, Mr. Nelson has completed the inaugural School Superintendents National Association Principal Supervisor Program and received multiple Coach-of-the-Year awards from his days of coaching girls’ soccer at Plant High School.

    From 2017 to 2020, Mr. Nelson was an area leadership coach and assisted the area superintendent with the support, collaboration, and growth of 32 K-12 schools.

    Mr. Nelson has worked tirelessly during his career to advocate for students, collaborate with teachers, and grow educational leaders. He wants to positively impact as many children's lives as possible by empowering educators with the knowledge, strategies, and tools to effectively lead in their roles.

    Robert has been married for 23 years and has four amazing children, He is a former club and high school soccer coach, a devoted dance-dad, blogger, author, and avid sports fan.



    Christine Wasylkiw

    Assistant Principal of Curriculum

    Ms. Wasylkiw graduated from E.J. King High School in Sasebo, Japan. She attended the University of South Florida earning her Bachelor’s degree in Social Science Education, Master’s in social science education with a specialization in archaeology, and a Master’s of Educational Leadership. She began her career as a Social Studies educator at East Bay High School in 2005. She was a charter member of the teaching staff at Lennard High School and served as Student Government Sponsor. She previously held the titles of Department Chair and Assistant Principal at East Bay High School and Assistant Principal of Magnet Curriculum at Jefferson High School. She was proudly appointed to Assistant Principal of Curriculum at Sumner High School in 2021.

    Ms. Wasylkiw enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, traveling, and reading. Ms. Wasylkiw believes that student involvement, building relationships, and collaboration build a strong foundation to support student learning.



    Melvin Williams

    Assistant Principal of Administration



  • Phone: (813) 378-8626

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    8:30 AM to 3:25 PM


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