Mr. Gregory Potter
Mr. Potter was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and grew up in the Northeast. He attended public schools in Maine, and has completed post secondary, including graduate level studies at the University of Maine (Orono). He enlisted in the military (U.S. Army) after high school, where he served in the combat arms (Field Artillery) on active duty for two years (1983 to 1985). He then completed the Reserve Officer’s Training Course (R.O.T.C.) at the University of Maine and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in 1987. From there, he served as an Infantry Officer in various units, such as light infantry, basic combat training and summer initial cadet training at West Point, NY. In 2004, he retired from service as a Major/O-4. Mr. Potter started his teaching career in 1989. He taught Social Studies and coached Basketball and Baseball, until becoming an administrator in 1996. Mr. Potter was an Assistant Principal for one year (2004-2005) at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington, Maine. He was then promoted to Principal and served an additional five years there, until he became a school superintendent in 2005. Mr. Potter advised in the creation of a new consolidated school unit in Maine (Regional School Unit #12), and subsequently led the new district for five years, before he took the helm at Regional School Unit #19. In 2013, he received the State Education Commissioner’s Award as “Maine’s Distinguished School Superintendent.” He has worked extensively in the area of educator effectiveness (teacher & leader) as part of a cohort of school districts in Maine. He is now the Principal at Central Middle School in Southern Brevard County. Mr. Potter holds a Bachelor’s (B.S.) degree in Secondary Social Studies, a Master’s (M.Ed.) degree in Educational Administration, and a Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in Educational Leadership. He is also enrolled in a doctoral studies program (Ph.D.) in Educational Leadership at the University of Maine, and plans to focus his dissertation project on school-based leadership effects on student achievement. His hobbies include: reading, traveling, drawing/painting and spending time with family and friends. He resides with his wife Kelly, in Vero Beach. They have three children, including two sons, Matthew and Brian (fraternal twins), and daughter, Lauren. Mr. Potter is excited to be in Brevard County, and has quickly come to enjoy working with the wonderful staff and students at Central Middle School! Go EAGLES!
Mr. Farrell grew up in Brevard County. He attended Palm Bay Elementary School, Stone Middle School, and graduated from Palm Bay High School in 1986. He joined the Marine Corps after high school and is a Gulf War Veteran. Mr. Farrell started teaching at Kennedy Middle School in 1997 and opened up Bayside High School in 1998. He taught Social Studies and coached football until becoming an administrator in 2003. Mr. Farrell was the Dean of Students at Bayside High School until going to West Shore Jr/Sr High School in 2013 to take over the Facilities position. He is now the Assistant Principal of Curriculum at Central Middle School.
Mr. Farrell holds a B.A. Degree in History and an M.S. in Educational Leadership. His hobbies are reading, surfing, scuba diving, and spending time with his family. He is married to his wife Casie and they have one daughter, Delaney. Mr. Farrell is proud to be part of the Eagle Nation. Go Eagles!
Assistant Principal/Business Partners Coordinator/Dean
Mr. Manny Ramirez
Mr. Ramirez grew up in Miami Dade County. He has a broad-based background which includes management in private-sector business and entrepreneurship. He began his career in education in 2003 at the middle school level in Miami Dade County. He was first a science teacher; he then became the science department chairperson, a school site administrator and later worked at the Miami Dade County District Offices.
Mr. Ramirez moved to Melbourne Beach in August of 2014 and joined Central Middle school as a science teacher. He is honored and excited to be the new 10 month Assistant Principal, Dean and Business Coordinator. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from St. Thomas University in Miami, and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Miami. He is looking forward to serving our community and families. Mr. Ramirez has been married for 40 years, has two married children, and three grandchildren. He currently lives in Melbourne Beach with his wife, Susy. He enjoys reading, riding his motorcycle, going to the beach with his family, listening to classic rock and building and fixing things.
Mrs. Laura Barna
Mrs. Barna grew up in Brevard County. She attended Indialantic Elementary, Hoover Middle School and Melbourne High School. After high school Mrs. Barna attended Florida State University (Go Noles!) where she received her Bachelor of Science in Family, Child and Consumer Sciences. After moving back to Melbourne, Mrs. Barna worked in the exceptional education classroom at Gemini Elementary. She received her Master’s degree from the University of Central Florida in Counselor Education. Since 2007 Mrs. Barna served as a School Counselor and Guidance Department Chair at DeLaura Middle School. From there she began to focus more on leadership roles and decided to go back to UCF to work towards her Educational Leadership certification. Mrs. Barna joined Central Middle School in 2015 as Assistant Principal/Dean and is so excited to be part of the Eagle team. Mrs. Barna is married and has two young children. She enjoys college football and cheering on the Noles and Knights, spending time with her family, cooking, reading, running and relaxing at the beach.