Meet the Staff of the Berkeley Academy

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  • Kim Graham Lawless

    Director of the Berkeley Academy
    813.885.1673, Ext. 2583
    Kim Graham Lawless is Berkeley Preparatory School’s founding Director of Community Engagement and Service Learning. Prior to Berkeley, she founded and lead the Student Services and College Counseling Department of KIPP DC: College Preparatory – a Washington, D.C. charter school aimed at helping low-income, disadvantaged students get to and through college. Lawless has a passion for helping all students reach their unique potential and in 2013, was awarded the College Board's NOSCA National Advocacy Award for her work. She holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Florida and MEd from The University of Maryland. Lawless is also a National Board Certified Counselor and a National Board Certified School Counselor.
  • Caroline Lindsey

    Director of Curriculum for the Berkeley Academy
    813.885.1673 x 2320
    Caroline Lindsey is a Tampa native who graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1995 with degrees in English and Secondary Education and Concordia University in 2015 with a masters degree in Educational Leadership. Caroline joined the independent school family at Berkeley Preparatory School in 2002, first as an English teacher and then as an Academic Counselor. In 2008, she took on the role of Dean of Students for grades 9 and 10, and for the past six years she has served as both the Dean of Students for grades 11 and 12 and as an Upper Division English teacher. Prior to teaching and working at Berkeley, Caroline served as an English teacher in the public sector in Atlanta, Georgia for five years. Caroline’s career in education has also included mentoring, advising, coaching, interviewing prospective students and faculty members, and serving on various committees including the Florida Council of Independent Schools Accreditation team, Berkeley’s Family Service Council, Honor Council, and Serious Discipline Committee. She has also presented to the Florida Council of Independent Schools and the National Association of Episcopalian Schools. Caroline is passionate about working with students and helping each of them reaching their potential both inside and outside of the classroom. When she is not on Berkeley’s campus, Caroline loves to spend time with her husband and two sons, as well as reading, traveling, and exploring new restaurants.
  • Mario Ortiz

    Director of the College Bound Program for the Berkeley Academy
    813-885-1673 x 2495
    Mario Ortiz serves as Director of the College Bound Program. Prior to Berkeley, he served as a school counselor in Chicago public schools and founding member of a successful charter high school. Ortiz has earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University and a master’s degree in school counseling from Northeastern Illinois University. He is also a National Board Certified School Counselor. Ortiz has a passion for supporting and advising young people on their journey into young adulthood.  
  • Emilie Sukijbumrung

    Director of the College Prep Program for the Berkeley Academy
    813-885-1673 x 2268
    Emilie Sukijbumrung began as a founding Berkeley Academy teacher. She then grew to become a Lead Teacher at the Berkeley Academy, and now serves as the Director of the College Prep Program for the Berkeley Academy. She is passionate about social equality and education reform. Sukijbumrung holds a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Tampa, and she is eager to continue her career in working to bridge the “Opportunity Gap”.


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Tampa, FL 33615
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Berkeley puts people in the world who make a positive difference.

Berkeley Preparatory School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory, Episcopal-affiliated day school for children in grades Pre-K – 12. Dedicated to academic excellence, character development, the arts and athletics, Berkeley’s curriculum is designed to support the talent and ambition of each student. Guided by the vision statement “Berkeley puts people in the world who make a positive difference,” Berkeley strives to instill a strong sense of morality, ethics and social responsibility in its students.