Mrs. Karen Edsall | Principal

Mrs. Karen Edsall began her teaching career at Zolfo Springs Elementary School as a third grade teacher in 1999 where she also attended school as a child. In 2006, she became an assistant principal at West Elementary School in Arcadia where she worked until becoming assistant principal at DeSoto High School in 2011. In 2013, Mrs. Edsall moved to Sebring and became the lead teacher for Highlands Career Institute at South Florida State College where she worked for 3 years until her recent appointment as assistant principal at Avon Park High School in 2016. Mrs. Edsall holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida.

Mrs. Hilary Hathaway | Assistant Principal

Mrs. Hathaway is a lifelong resident of Highlands County and a proud graduate of the Highlands County school system.  She earned her Associate Arts degree from South Florida State College, Bachelor’s degree in Food and Resource Economics from University of Florida, and Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education.  She has served our school district in multiple capacities. These include substitute teacher, Social Sciences teacher, Cooperative Education teacher, Internship teacher, AVID coordinator, assessment coordinator, scholarship coordinator, college coach, and new teacher evaluator. Mrs. Hathaway became the assistant principal of Highlands Career Institute in 2019 and then joined the Avon Park High School administrative team as an assistant principal during the 2020-2021 school year.

Mrs. Kim Velazquez | Assistant Principal


Mr. Whit Cornell | 9th/12th Grade

Mr. Whit Cornell has been investing his time in students and student-athletes since the turn of the millenium. He has taught ESE, Business, and Physical Education. Coach Cornell has coached baseball, football, cross country, and golf. He has served as a Teacher, Athletic Director, and Dean of Students. He is a 1997 graduate of Webber International University, where he was a member of the Warriors baseball team.

Mr. Kyle Jackson | 10th/11th Grade

Mr. Kyle Jackson graduated from APHS in 2009. He attended Florida Southern College where he was a member of the Mocs baseball team and graduated in 2013. He taught physical education at APMS for 3 years and Physical education for 2 years at APHS. In 2018 he became the dean of students at APHS. Mr. Jackson has coached baseball and football at APHS since 2013. He has been a proud Red Devil his whole life and loves being able to invest his time in students and students athletes of Avon Park High School.

Mrs. Sherri Whidden | Testing Coordinator

Mrs. Sherri Whidden is a proud 1980 graduate of Avon Park High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education from Warner University in 1984. After working many years at Avon Elementary she wanted to go back to college to pursue her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She graduated from University of South Florida with her Master’s degree in 1997. Mrs. Whidden is no stranger to Avon Park High School because she was the Head Cheer Coach for 13 years during 1984-1997. Before coming to Avon Park High School as a Dean and Testing Coordinator, she taught at Avon Elementary School for 28 years in mostly 1st grade, but some years she taught Kindergarten and 2nd grade. She has also been an adjunct instructor at South Florida State College in the EPI program teaching classroom management. Mrs. Whidden loves serving APHS being Head Cheer Coach again and also being a Student Government Advisor.