• Principal: Mrs. Eliza Croze

    Eliza Croze

    My name is Eliza Croze, the proud Principal of Highland Lakes Elementary, a Leader in Me school. I am a graduate from St. Petersburg College and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with an ESOL Endorsement and a master's degree in educational leadership. I began my career in Pinellas County Schools in 2006 as a classroom teacher (1st, 2nd, and 5th grade) and served as the Assistant Principal (2015-2018) and Principal of Skycrest Elementary School (2018-2022). I also have a daughter in 5th grade and a son going into the 7th grade. 

    I am excited and honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such rich traditions both in and outside of the classroom. Highland Lakes has earned a reputation of academic excellence through the hard work of the students, teachers, parents, and staff.  Highland Lakes is proud to support numerous challenging academic courses, an outstanding gifted program, visual and performing arts programs, and various school clubs and extended learning programs for students.  Highland Lakes is different compared to other elementary schools in the Palm Harbor area. We are a Leader in Me school! We encourage you to experience our school culture, one that is focused on providing students with the academic and social resources that will prepare them for the 21st century.  

    We believe that it is important for our students to be connected to school through positive relationships and a strong sense of community.  I believe that every student can learn and be successful when provided with the right supports and opportunities.  Our teachers and staff are committed to providing all students with an appropriate and challenging educational experience in a respectful environment that fosters learning and growth. Highland Lakes Elementary is a place where exceptional teaching and learning is the norm. I assure you we will take the time to strategically plan, forge positive relationships, celebrate our achievements, and continue to build on our successful foundation where our entire community thrives. I am truly honored to be a part of the Highland Lakes community. 

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions/concerns throughout the school year. Go Panthers! 

    Eliza Croze, Principal 


Assistant Principal

  • Assistant Principal:  Mrs. Jyllene Durocher   

         Welcome Back Panthers! I am honored to serve as the Assistant Principal of Highland Lakes Elementary. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with ESOL and Reading endorsements from St. Petersburg College, Master’s degree in Educational Leadership (K-12), and Educational Specialist degree from Saint Leo University. I’ve been a part of Pinellas County Schools since 2014 as a classroom teacher at Safety Harbor Elementary (2014-2020) and most recently, Assistant Principal at Eisenhower Elementary School (2020-2022). After taking some time off with my son, I am thrilled to be joining the community of Highland Lakes!


    I am committed to making this school year a positive experience for you and your family. I believe that students are the center and focus of all school-based decisions. It is important that we meet the needs of all students academically, socially, and emotionally. I will work diligently with teachers, parents, and community members to ensure students thrive at Highland Lakes Elementary, and to prepare every student for their future.

    Please know that my door is always open. I whole-heartedly welcome your input as parents and community members, and I am looking forward to celebrating all our wonderful successes with you throughout the school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.