Deaf High School

Deaf High School girl in science class.

Being More

Congratulations to Lia Ferrante, the 2020-21 Deaf High School Teacher of the Year.


DHS Office

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Health Care Center

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James Hall
(Girls Dorm)

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Rhyne Hall
(Boys Dorm)

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Apartments – Boys

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Apartments – Girls

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DHS news

First Coast Technical College (FCTC)

FSDB collaborates with First Coast Technical College (FCTC) to provide our students with a head start toward a career. Interested students work toward certifications and skill mastery within the various technical programs during the school day. Students have the opportunity to choose from programs in: Horticulture, Culinary Arts, Auto Repair, Cosmetology, and Child Care. Students are given hands on opportunities to learn and practice skills in these areas and take corresponding certifications as applicable to each program.


Our partnership with FCTC allows our students the opportunity to Do More, Be More, and Achieve More.

Take a Virtual Tour of FCTC

Teacher working with student in the LOC.

Learning Opportunity Center

The FSDB Learning Opportunities Center (LOC) provides a rich array of options for FSDB Middle and High School students who choose to take advantage of online learning opportunities to further their academic and career goals. Students can take academic courses, Honors courses, Advanced Placement courses, Dual Enrollment college courses, or elective courses through the Florida Virtual School (FLVS) or St. Johns River State College (SJRC).

assistant principal

Dina Padden

Dina Rae Padden has been an educator for over 11 years in various settings throughout her career, mainly at the secondary level (high school) with stints in kindergarten, middle school, and college. She served as a curriculum area leader for a high school science team, led an accreditation self-study team, and served as a presenter at various conferences focusing on education preparation programs, science education, and school leadership. She is passionate about promoting student achievement and furthering the professional growth of teachers. Early in her career, she was an financial auditor and analyst for a national accounting firm. In 2017, Ms. Padden was named to her current role as Assistant Principal of the Deaf High School, overseeing academic education for deaf and hard of hearing students.

Certificate, Educational Administration and Supervision, Hood College
Master of Arts, Deaf Education, Gallaudet University
Master of Business Administration, Accounting, Rutgers Business School
Bachelor of Science (Dual), Economics/Finance and Biology, Gallaudet University

When students are becoming thinkers and readers as well as turning into compassionate, passionate, and productive individuals, we know that we have achieved as educators and instructional leaders.

DHS teachers

Jessica Behr


Cheryl Crumpler

Career Preparation

Renee Geary


Randall Hancock

Building Construction

Rosablanca Matteo

Spanish/Driver's Ed

Debbi Penrose


Brianna Sobik

Language Arts

Kevin Voelker

Culinary Arts

Andrea Binder


Lia Ferrante

Science/Dance Troupe

Adam Greenleaf


Maria Hernandez


David McFee

Social Studies

Charles Raven

Culinary Arts

Julie Stinson

D&B Designs

Maria Williams

Social Studies

Joseph Bingham


Lauren Fox

Language Arts

Valerie Griffin


Tiffany Kawohl


Elizabeth Moody

Language Arts

Deanna Scala

Digital Media

Vira Tinyszin

ELA Access

Erin Wolfe

Work Program

Monica Cambron

Computer Sciences

Michael Freeman


Debra Grimm

Science/Social Studies

Shannon Lally


Jenny Palmer

Horticulture Science

Renato Sindicic


Mohan Varthakavi



DHS Specialists & Support Personnel

Jillian Rivera

Administrative Assistant

John Baroncelli

DSI Services Coordinator

Brent Bechtold

Reading Specialist

Brittney Carr

Speech Lang. Pathologist

Amy Bassett


Katherine Pittman

Educational Diagnostician

Ali French

School Counselor

Annie Cruze

Speech Lang. Pathologist

Jonnie Wells


Jay Girton

IEP Coordinator

Missy Kaler

School Counselor

Sally Satin

Speech Lang. Pathologist

James Salamunovich

Coord. of Student Behavior

Sue Clark

Math Specilist

Dee Stoddard

Social Worker

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