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Christine Wasylkiw

Principal

Mrs. 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, a Master’s in Social Science Education with a specialization in archaeology, and a Master's in Educational Leadership.

Mrs. Wasylkiw 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. Mrs. Wasylkiw was proudly appointed to Assistant Principal for Curriculum at Sumner High School in 2021.  In July of 2023 Mrs. Wasylkiw was appointed Principal of Jule F. Sumner High School.

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

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Candace Culpepper

Assistant Principal for Curriculum

Mrs. Candace Culpepper is a Florida native who has called the Tampa Bay area home for the past 25 years.  She has a Bachelor's degree in biology from the University of South Florida.   She received her Master's degree from National Louis University in Educational Leadership.  Mrs. Culpepper began her career at Hillsborough County Public Schools in 2004 as a science teacher and track & field coach at Tampa Bay Technical High School.  

Mrs. Culpepper was appointed as an administrator at Durant High School in 2014.  She later became the Assistant Principal for Administration (APA) at Durant High School.  Mrs. Culpepper joined the Sumner High School administration team as the Assistant Principal for Administration in November of 2022 and in August of 2023 was named Assistant Principal for Curriculum. 

Mrs. Culpepper is married and has five children.  She enjoys traveling with her family and watching movies in her free time.

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Ron Buffano

Assistant Principal for Administration

Ron Buffano has lived in the Tampa Bay area for over 35 years.  He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's degree in marketing, and then earned his Education Leadership degree from Arkansas State University in 2011.

In 2007, Mr. Buffano started his educational career teaching business classes and coaching wrestling, varsity football, and flag football.  In 2014, Mr. Buffano started his administrative career at Tampa Bay Technical High School, where he spent four years as an Assistant Principal for Student Affairs.  For the last six years, Mr. Buffano was the Assistant Principal for Administration (APA) at Brandon High School.  In August of 2023, Mr. Buffano joined the administrative team at Jule F. Sumner High School as the Assistant Principal for Administration.

Mr. Buffano is married and has two beautiful girls.  He loves working out, sports and spending time with his family.

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Hulya Tasci

Assistant Principal Student Affairs - Alpha D-G

Mrs.Tasci-Hart earned her graduate degree in English and French at the Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. She earned her second graduate degree in Educational Leadership at the University of South Florida.

She studied French and Portuguese at the “Universites de Lettres” in Orleans, France. She taught English and French at the Goethe Gymnasium in Bochum, French at the Dionne Warwick Institute in East Orange (New Jersey) and taught French and German at the Mater Academy in Hialeah Gardens before joining Hillsborough County Schools.

She served as a teacher, a Department Chair and an ART at Chamberlain High School before joining the administrative team at Lennard High School as an Assistant Principal. In 2019 she joined the Franklin Middle School team as an Assistant Principal for Curriculum. Mrs. Tasci joined Sumner High School as an administator for Student Affairs in 2020.

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Rina LaRosa

Assistant Principal Student Affairs- Alpha A-C

Mrs. LaRosa is a third-generation teacher. She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, a Master of Science in Reading, and a Specialists Degree in Educational Leadership.  She began her teaching career in elementary school and has progressed through all grade levels, teaching ELA, Reading and AVID.  Mrs. LaRosa spent three years as the AVID Coordinator at Shields Middle School, where she led the district's largest middle school program at the time.  She also taught Peer Counseling, which was know as Ladies Quest, at Shields. This was an all-female program that conducted service initiatives within the school and Ruskin community.  Mrs. LaRosa supported the Tech Trek Science initiative, a scholarship initiative that provided scholarships for girls for STEM summer camps and the first Latinos in Action Class.

Mrs. LaRosa worked as a Student Success Coach at Eisenhower Middle School, where she was also a member of the SAC Committee, the Family and Community Engagement Ambassador, and the CCEIS lead.  She most recently worked as a District Resource Teacher for the K-12 Academics department, where she oversaw a grant to implement the 7 Mindsets Character Education program in six high-needs schools. In July 2023 Mrs. LaRosa was appointed Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Sumner High School.  Mrs. LaRosa enjoys baseball, traveling and spending time at the beach with her family.

Phone: 813-378-8626 ext. 271