Principal: Christopher Dunning, Ed.D.
Raised in Bowling Green, Ohio, Dr. Christopher M. Dunning moved permanently to Florida in 1989. He attended the University of South Florida to earn his teaching degree, as well as, his Masters and Doctorate in Educational Leadership.
Dr. Dunning initially began his teaching career in Hillsborough County prior to moving to Seven Springs Elementary as a teacher. He was an Assistant Principal at Cottee River Elementary prior to being appointed as the Principal of Calusa Elementary at the age of 27. His career then took him to the district office as a Supervisor of Employee Relations and District Chief Negotiator. His secondary administrative career began with the opportunity to open Paul R. Smith Middle School as its first principal. This was followed by principalships at Seven Springs Middle and Ridgewood High.
To add to his knowledge Dr. Dunning has also been an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida and Saint Leo University. Additionally, he is a technology consultant for schools at all levels throughout the nation.
In the midst of a demanding career, Dr. Dunning is a devoted family man with his most prized possession being his family which consists of his beautiful wife Jeannie and their four children.
Other notable recognitions throughout the years include being an Eagle Scout, Outstanding School Administrator of the Year (2017 & 2009), District Assistant Principal of the Year, and President of Phi Delta Kappa. Dr. Dunning has been a member of the Holiday Rotary, the Board of Directors for two different chambers and Chairman of the Board for the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce which has enabled him to keep in touch with the community in which his students live.
Dr. Dunning is excited about the many opportunities that lie ahead in working with the students, families, businesses, and all of the KTech community.
Assistant Principal: Eric C. Williams
After earning my bachelor’s degree in English from the University of South Florida in 1995, I accepted a position as a middle school language arts and reading teacher at D.S. Parrott Middle School in my hometown, Brooksville, FL. After two years teaching at the middle school level, I moved with my wife and her family to Cody, WY, where I taught high school English, expository writing, desktop publishing and journalism for seven years. I also coached basketball and academic decathlon teams and served as Cody High School’s National Honor Society sponsor. I attended the University of Nebraska’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications part time and earned my master’s degree in 2005. After graduation, homesick and frozen, my family and I moved back to Florida, and I taught communications courses at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville for five semesters. I accepted a teaching position at Hernando High School, my alma mater, in 2007. I then accepted a grant writing position at the district office in 2008. I was successful in this role. I acquired more than $8 million in grant funding for schools in four years as grant writer and state and federal grants manager. I was promoted to director in 2011 and, in addition to facilitating district accreditation and managing the Race to the Top and 1003(g) SIG grants, I led the district’s assessment, professional development and federal programs departments. I also attended the University of South Florida’s College of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies part time. Considering my background and strengths in communications, the superintendent selected me to serve as the district’s public information officer in 2014 and appointed me to serve as deputy superintendent in 2015. I left the district office in Hernando County in May 2016 and was hired to serve as an assistant principal at Ridgewood High, where I’ve worked for the past two years. I am excited about opportunities to lead efforts to improve core academic curricula to better support career-specific skill development as an assistant principal at WKTHS.
Assistant Principal: Debbie Biscardi Painter
I was raised in Pasco County and graduated from Gulf High School. I went on to earn my bachelor’s in Psychology at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL and then my master’s in Guidance and Counseling K-12, Certificate in Mental Health and Certificate in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida. I served as a school counselor for 10 years at J.W. Mitchell and Gulf High Schools. I have served as an assistant principal at Ridgewood High for the last three years. I am excited about the unique opportunities that WKTHS will provide students in West Pasco.