• Ms. Mathews Connisheia Garcia Connisheia Garcia

    I am the proud Principal of Lealman Innovation Academy. I am a graduate of the University of South Florida (Go Bulls!), Saint Leo University, and St. Petersburg College. My key educational philosophy is to ensure that all learners have every opportunity for academic, career, and personal success including voice and choice in how they learn.

    Lealman Innovation Academy (LIA) is leading the way as an innovative school that is a place where all learners can be successful. Over the past 3 years we have undergone significant changes, reinvented ourselves, and emerged as a model school in Pinellas County Schools for personalized & project-based learning. LIA has a progressive innovative faculty, facility, and we are committed to creating a safe, supportive learning environment for all learners.

    It is my distinct pleasure and honor to serve as Principal of Lealman Innovation Academy and to work with every parent, learner, and faculty member as we strive for 100% learner success. I am looking forward to the promise that this school year holds and know that together there is nothing we cannot overcome and nothing we cannot accomplish!

    Michelle DuGranrut

    Michelle DuGranrut I am an Assistant Principal at Lealman Innovation Academy (LIA). I earned my undergraduate degree from Miami University (Ohio) and completed graduate school at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg.

    Building learners today and shaping the future leaders of tomorrow is a passion I endeavor to achieve daily as an Assistant Principal of LIA.  It is my ultimate goal to propel students forward gaining the preparedness for college, career and life with the opportunity for all to achieve greatness.  Lealman strives to empower learners to take ownership of their education with our unique project-based learning and personalized learning foundations. 

    LIA is a place where teachers, leaders, faculty, and administration work together to instill the propensity in students to be lifelong learners and achievers and a place where collaboration exceeds isolation.

    I am honored to be a Jaguar and look forward to a constructive, dynamic and enriching school year.


    Valencia Gore  Valencia Gore 

    I am the Assistant Principal of Lealman Innovation Academy.  I am a graduate of Florida A & M University, University of Central Florida, and Nova Southeastern University.

    As a school administrator, I enjoy working with learners, families and staff to help ensure successful outcomes for all.  Making a positive difference in the lives of learners, staff and the community is important to me.

    I am happy to be a member of our Jaguar team!