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Robert Nelson

H.B. Plant High School

Age: 34

Home: Odessa

Family: Married; three children, ages 3, 6 and 8

Schooling: Bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida; master's degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Nelson began his career with Hillsborough County as a physical education teacher at Pierce Middle School. During that time he began coaching girls soccer at Plant High School and led his team to state playoffs seven straight years. In 2003, he became assistant principal for student affairs at Plant, and was later promoted to assistant principal for curriculum.

Education philosophy: "To challenge and hold children accountable for themselves, to prepare them for college and to be positive citizens in the community." He also said he wants to involve parents, staff members and the community to maintain Plant's high level of success.

Replaces: Eric Bergholm

Kevin Plummer

Tampa Preparatory School

Age: 40

Home: Tampa

Family: Married; expecting first child in September

Schooling: Bachelor's degree from Colby College, master's degree from Columbia University.

In 1989, he started his career in Denver, where he taught for a year at Colorado Academy. From 1990 to 2000, he taught history at Graland Country Day School in Denver, and in his final year was elected dean of students. He became director of the middle school at Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia in the fall of 2000 and stayed there until he was hired as the Tampa Prep principal this year.

Education philosophy: "I am a constructivist. I believe that children learn the world and construct meaning through instruction and experience. Education now has a responsibility to make service leaders for tomorrow. Whatever a school does it should do it with an eye on creating young people who are thoughtful, caring and compassionate, not just about family but about the world and their fellow citizens."

Replaces: Gordon MacLeod

Cora-Lynne Wimberly

Sulphur Springs Elementary

Age: 50

Home: Pebble Creek, New Tampa

Family: Married; two grown children, 20 and 24

Schooling: Bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida, master's degree from the University of Columbia.

Wimberly started in Hillsborough County in 1988 at Lopez Elementary. She moved to Tampa Palms in 2001 and became the assistant principal at Twin Lakes Elementary. In 2003, she became the first principal at Heritage Elementary in New Tampa.

Education philosophy: "We need to make sure we meet the needs of every child. I'm very much a child educator, and all of my decisions are based on children and school. It's very important that they get everything they need."

Replaces: Pamela Roberts

Carl Green

Middleton High School

Age: 53

Home: Valrico

Family: Married; three grown children, two boys and one girl.

Schooling: Bachelor's degree from Chapman University in Anaheim, Calif., master's degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., and an educational leadership degree at Nova Southeastern University.

Green served in the Navy for 24 years, retiring as a lieutenant commander. He came to Hillsborough County in 1997 through Troop the Teachers, a program that helps military personnel transfer to teaching. He spent five years at Robinson High School before moving to Riverview High School, where he was the assistant principal of student affairs. He later transferred to Durant High School as an assistant principal for administration and stayed there for almost three years. He spent more than a year at his last job, at Brandon High School, where he was the assistant principal for curriculum.

Education philosophy: "I believe that teamwork leads to success. I also believe that all students can be successful as long as you build a relationship with that student and find out how to help them succeed. The biggest part of that is parental and community support. It's vital in the success of any school."

Replaces: James Gatlin

Compiled by Jessica Brady and Eric Smithers

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