Middle School Team

Middle School

Sharon Long
Science Teacher and After Care Director
Ms. Long was born in Chicago, IL. She moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama when she was three. Ms. Long attended Hillcrest High School where her high school chemistry teacher solidified her love for science.

Ms. Long moved to Florida in 2005 to attended Barry University where she received a Master’s in Biomedical Science. She moved to Tampa in 2007. She has been teaching middle school science at Athenian for 6 years. When not working, Sharon enjoys reading, playing video games and watching movies.
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Steven Burney
Math Teacher
Mr. Burney is a native Floridian, hailing from Bartow, Florida in Polk County. Mr. Burney received his Bachelors of Music Education Degree from Florida State University. While at Florida State, he performed with the World Renowned Florida State Marching Chiefs, the FSU Symphonic Band, the FSU Summer Band, and the University Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Burney loves to share his enthusiasm and passion for math and music with all the students here at Athenian Academy. Math was a subject Mr. Burney struggled with while he was in school. He decided to obtain his math certification so he could help students build confidence and a love for math.
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Margaret Roy
History Teacher
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Carol Norton
ELA Teacher
Carol Norton is from Central Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. She served as a YMCA Director for 10 years before obtaining her Master of Teaching degree from Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois. During her 15 year teaching career she has taught in both public and private schools.

Mrs. Norton and her husband Rob reside in Tarpon Springs. Their only child Tyler is a graduate of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. He is a Licensed Account Representative for NIKE Teams Division in Chicago, Illinois.
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Teresa Godfrey
ELA Teacher
Mrs. Godfrey was born in Lansing, MI but moved to Florida when she was 8 years old. She currently lives in St. Petersburg with her husband, Greg and two sons; Nick, 22, a USF student, working on his Mass Communications degree while working for the Tampa Bay Rays, and Ryan,15, a freshman at Boca Ciega High School in the honors program. Outside of school, Mrs. Godfrey spends time with family and loves watching sports, especially football and baseball.

Mrs. Godfrey received her Bachelor’s in Science in Elementary Education with a Reading Endorsement, ESE Certification and ESOL Certification for K-12, from the University of South Florida. She has been teaching for 8 years, five years as a substitute and three years as a classroom teacher. Besides teaching Middle School Language Arts, Reading and Journalism, she coaches cheerleading, administers the morning show, manages the yearbook, assists Coach Willard with National Junior Honor Society, heads up our Safety Patrol, and assists the 8th grade students with their fundraising. Her philosophy in education is that every child has the ability to succeed when given a positive, enriching and nurturing environment and teamwork is essential to building character development.
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