District 5

Gwynetta S. Gittens, District 5 (Chair)

Elected November 2018
Term Expires November 2022

Biography

Present Occupation:

  • Lee County School District, School Board Member, District 5

Personal:

  • Resident of Lee County since 2003
  • Husband – Martin Gittens, Building Industry
  • Son – Jonathan D. Sampson, Denver, CO - Entrepreneur
  • Worked in Puerto Rico, Cayman Islands and Bermuda

Professional Experience:

  • Educator – Lee County Schools K-12 and Adult Ed.; Asst. Principal Pool; Four-Time Golden Apple Finalist, Teacher of Distinction; Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), Initial Coordinator, East Lee County High School
  • Adjunct Professor – Indian River State College, St. Lucie County
  • Adjunct Professor – Bermuda College
  • Entrepreneur – International Trainer/Speaker, Event Planner, Writer
  • Vice President of Training and Development, Bank of America, FL

Education:

  • M.Ed., Education Leadership, Nova Southeastern University
  • B.A. Psychology/Business Administration, University of Maryland
  • A.A. Accounting, University of Maryland and Kennedy King College, Chicago
  • Certified Supreme Court Mediator, FL

Volunteer Community Experience - Past and Present:

  • First Assembly Ministries
  • Learning for Life – Leadership Award
  • Future Makers Education Committee
  • Legislative Liaison Alternate/Federal
  • Chamber of Commerce, St. Lucie County and Lee County
  • Business People United for Political Action Committee (BUPAC)
  • Horizon Council
  • The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools
  • League of Women Voters
  • Leadership St. Lucie, Class Valedictorian
  • National Assoc. Urban Bankers, Pres. Central FL Branch
  • Take Stock in Children Board

Lee County Schools’ Committees - Past Positions:

  • District Advisory Council, Chair
  • School Advisory Council, Liaison
  • Superintendent Search Committee
  • Strategic Planning Committee Vision 2020
  • The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools

Lee County School Board Liaison Committees - Present Positions:

  • District Advisory Council
  • Strategic Planning Steering Committee
  • Instructional Calendar Committee (for the 2020-21 calendar)
  • The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, Inc.
  • Student Board Advisory Committee
  • Legislative Liaison – Federal (alternate)