Administration

Dr. Hector Maestre III, Principal

Photo of Dr. Maestre
Email:
Hector.Maestre@ocps.net

Dr. Maestre is a proud product of Orange County Public Schools. He attended Pinar Elementary, Liberty Middle, and graduated from Colonial High-he can be found on the senior panoramic in the main office! It was because of the amazing teachers he had in OCPS that sparked his desire to enter the profession.

After high school graduation, Dr. Maestre enrolled at Valencia Community College where he completed his A.A. in Education. He then transferred to the University of Central Florida to earn his B.S. in Social Science Education. While working on his Bachelor's Degree, he completed his Junior Internship at Meadowbrook Middle and his Senior Internship at Oak Ridge High. Dr. Maestre always knew he wanted to go back to Colonial upon completion of his degree. He applied for and was offered a position to teach World History at his Alma Mater. During his time at Colonial, he taught World History, AP European History, and Economics. He was also a club sponsor for Sophomore Class, Junior Class, and Student Government as well as an Assistant Coach for boys and girls Water Polo.

At the end of the 2011-2012 school year, he made the difficult decision to leave Colonial and transferred to Olympia High so in order to diversify his school experiences, as he knew he wanted to get into administration. While there, he taught World History and AP Human Geography in addition to being the Senior Class sponsor. At the end of that school year, he was appointed as an Assistant Principal at Evans High where he serves as the API for the next 3 school years. While there, he gained lots of experiences working with teachers across all content areas, connecting with students, and becoming familiar with all of the areas of his role including IB, AP, guidance, and student support. Although he was only there for a brief time, there were many valuable lessons and experience that he gained.

Dr. Maestre entered his first principal position at Carver Middle in the 2015-2016 school year. His experience at Carver supported his growth as a leader and helped him to strategically think outside the box to find solutions to problems. He gained understanding of the importance of the social aspect of school for students from the perspective of the principal. He and his team created experiences for students to engage with academic content outside of the school day in a structured environment and began clubs to provide opportunities for students to showcase their talents and abilities.

In November 2016, Dr. Maestre was provided a unique opportunity to open a new middle school in the Lake Nona area. Opening Innovation Middle meant putting all of the pieces in place from the name, mascot, and colors to the academic programs, faculty and staff, and culture. In two short years, he learned, grew, built relationships, and built a school culture and identity with an amazing group of individuals. It was after this that he received the phone call to let him know he was going home.

As Dr. Maestre embarks on the next chapter of his career, he could not be more excited to return home. He wholeheartedly believes that Colonial High is an amazing place for students to learn, teachers to grow, and a community to come together. He is proud that Colonial's academic data from the past several school years continues to trend in a positive direction and is certain that with a continued focus on high levels of student achievement, Colonial will earn another 'B' this upcoming school year and continue to move up from there! He understands that will take every member of the Grenadier team to doing their part in pushing our students to perform highly in all areas.


Ms. Joann Dorries, Assistant Principal


Email:
joann.dorries@ocps.net
Ms. Dorries was born and raised in New York.  She began her teaching career in Florida after graduating from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Junior high school education.  She taught grades 2-5th then became a literacy coach, curriculum resource teacher, test coordinator, dean of students and assistant principal. Ms. Dorries was one of the first of eight teachers in the School District of Osceola County to earn certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.  She earned two Master of Science degrees, one in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida and one in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education.  Since joining OCPS, Ms. Dorries has served as the MTSS coach/dean at John Young Elementary and assistant principal at Three Points Elementary and Colonial High school.  Shopping, decorating, reading, and planning the next great vacation are things Ms. Dorries enjoys during her free time.  She is excited to be a part of the ninth-grade center and looks forward to working with the freshman class of Grenadiers!


Dr. Timothy Flynn, Assistant Principal of Instruction

Assistant Principal, Dr. Timothy Flynn
Email:
Timothy.Flynn@ocps.net
Dr. Flynn is a three time UCF grad and have been with OCPS as a teacher, district leader, and assistant principal for the last 8 years. He spent the last three years as an Assistant Principal at Westridge Middle School and is incredibly excited to be joining the Colonial High School team.

Dr. Flynn believes that all students deserve a high quality, engaging education. He believes in an all-in mindset and that failure is not an option. Above all else, he wants to get to know each and every Grenadier and help them navigate the transition to high school, and beyond.

 

 


Mr. Michael Cecere, Assistant Principal



Email:
Michael.Cecere@ocps.net
 Mr. Cecere was born and raised in South Florida (West Palm Beach). After high school, Mr. Cecere continued his educational journey by earning his AA from Palm Beach State College. Once Mr. Cecere knew he wanted to be in the classroom, he transferred to the University of Central Florida to earn his degree in Social Science Education. After Mr. Cecere interned at the high school and middle school level, he began his teaching career at Lake Nona Middle School. Mr. Cecere taught 7th grade Civics, while also running multiple clubs / organizations and the after school program. After multiple years in the classroom, Mr. Cecere earned his master’s degree in Educational Leadership and transferred to Colonial High School as a Dean and then Instructional Coach. Mr. Cecere is thrilled to be apart of the admin team at Colonial and is excited to show everyone why “It is Great To Be A Grenadier!”


Ms. Rochelle Conyers, Assistant Principal



Email:
Rochelle.Conyers@ocps.net
 Ms. Conyers was born in St. Vincente and grew up in Brooklyn, New York.  As a student at SUNY Old Westbury, Ms. Conyers earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology.  She then earned a Master's Degree in Social Work at CUNY at Hunter College and a Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership at National Louis University.  She started her teaching career 16 years ago at Cherokee School supporting students in Exceptional Education.  She then taught at Lakeview and Rocksprings Elementary Schools in Apopka.  After transitioning to Apopka High School, Ms. Conyers served as ESE support, a dean, and a 504 coordinator.  Ms. Conyers comes to us from Windermere High School where she supported students as a discipline dean.  As the mother of three daughters, Ms. Conyers enjoys helping them discover their passions by trying new things.  She looks forward to helping our Grenadiers become academically successful and productive graduates of Colonial High School!


Dr. Mary Vetter, Assistant Principal

Assistant Principal Dr. Vetter
Email:
Mary.Vetter@ocps.net
Dr. Vetter was born and raised in Baumholder, Germany. Traveling, reading and enjoying new experiences fostered her love for learning. As a student at the University of Florida, Dr. Vetter earned her Bachelor of Science in Sociology and then began teaching English Language Arts at Liberty Middle School in 2001. After teaching for 15 years at both the middle and high school levels, Dr. Vetter became the Testing Coordinator and Instructional Support Coach at Edgewater High School. In 2015, she earned her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership at Stetson University. As an Assistant Principal, Dr. Vetter has served the communities of West Orange High School and Jones High School. She is excited to return to the east side of town to work with the amazing community of Colonial HS. During her free time, Dr. Vetter enjoys cooking for friends, walking her dog, Jax, around Lake Eola, and spending time with family. As a life-long learner, Dr. Vetter believes that there is something to learn from each person you meet, and she looks forward to meeting each Grenadier!


Mr. Jonathan Zenzel, Assistant Principal

Johnathan Zenzel
Email:
Jonathan.Zenzel@ocps.net
Mr. Jon Zenzel was born and raised in Hawley, Pennsylvania, a small town where family and community were strong. Following high school, he attended Oswego State University where he competed in two sports, basketball and track and field, along with earning a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education with a focus in Earth Science. He earned his first Master's Degree in Adolescence Education, Grades 7-12, from Mercy College. He later earned his second Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education. Mr. Zenzel has been a middle school science teacher, athletic director, YMCA after-school coordinator, learning resource specialist, and a dean. Before coming to Colonial High School, Mr. Zenzel was an Administrative Dean at Winter Park High School. Family is very important to him. He is married to his wife Ashley and has two children, his daughter Campbell and son, Knox. He is excited and looking forward to working with the students, parents, and community. Mr. Zenzel believes that the only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.