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Mrs. Latricia Pinder, Principal

About Mrs. Pinder:

Over 15 years in education. I have worked at School, District and State levels. Before becoming a principal here at Mill Creek, I was a 1st and 4th grade teacher. I have worked with schools in 9 Florida counties focused on School Improvement. ELA Specialist with Florida Department of Education Differentiated Accountability. Parent/Child Find with FDLRS Action. I am a UCF Knight and a Nova Southeastern University Shark. My degrees are in Elementary Education and Educational Leadership.

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"My tastes are Simpe: I am easily satisfied with the best" - Winston Churchill

"Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own" - Donald Duck

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Mrs. Catherine Hiltunen, Assistant Principal

About Mrs. Hiltunen:

Prior to joining Mill Creek as Assistant Principal, Mrs. Hiltunen has held the following positions: Teacher at Horizon Middle (2003-2015), Dean of Students at Horizon Middle (2015-2020), and Math/Science Coach (2020-2021). She received her Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Masters in Secondary Education from West Virginia University and an Educational Specialist Degree from Nova Southeastern University.  Mrs. Hiltunen comes to Mill Creek Elementary with a lot of experience.  Over the last 18 years, she has promoted a positive learning experience for all by being the PBIS Coach and is excited to bring that positivity to Mill Creek. She has worked as the Title I Coordinator, New Teacher Mentor, MTSS team member, Math Department Chair, District Curriculum Writing Team Member, and has attended several PLC conferences.  Mrs. Hiltunen is AVID certified and Gifted Endorsed.  She believes, “all teachers should create an environment of hands-on learning, at all stages of the learning process. Students need high-quality teachers, and a rigorous curriculum which promotes and engages critical thinking skills to be prepared for the 21st Century.” Mrs. Hiltunen is originally from West Virginia and is married to her husband, David. Together they have three children Christopher, Joshua, and McKayla. She loves to spend time with her family, enjoys boating, traveling, and exercising.