Mrs. Shotwell earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics education before earning a master’s in educational leadership. She also has an educational specialist degree from USF. Her teaching career began at Brandon High School, where she taught math before moving on to Sickles High. She was also a charter faculty member at Riverview High when the school opened in 1998 before she moved to Bloomingdale High three years later to take the job of assistant principal. She stayed at Bloomingdale until 2012, when she was appointed principal of Eisenhower Middle School in Gibsonton. Mrs. Shotwell served as Eisenhower's principal for two years. We are proud to have Mrs. Shotwell back at Riverview as our new principal.
Mr. Spiro began his teaching career at Riverview High School for a brief period of time before temporarily moving to Cincinnati, OH, and earning a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Miami University (Ohio). Upon returning to Tampa, Mr. Spiro taught English and coached football and wrestling at Durant High School. After receiving an Educational Specialist degree from National Louis University in Educational Leadership, Mr. Spiro returned to Riverview as an AP in November of 2015.
Assistant Principal for Administration
Role / Title: Assistant Principal for Administration
Mr. Massena manages the physical properties of the school, supervises the Student Affairs office, and serves as athletic director. Mr. Massena entered education as a science teacher. He is a charter member of the Sharks faculty, and has been an assistant principal for student affairs.
Assistant Principals for Student Affairs
Role / Title: Assistant Principal for Student Affairs (10th-12th grade students G-O)
After graduating from Florida A&M University, Mrs. Dickey began her teaching career as a Science teacher at Brandon High School for 7 years. Having earned her Masters of Education degree from Nova Southeastern University she joined Riverview High as an administrator after its inaugural year in 1999. She has the distinction of being the longest serving administrator at RvHS. Mrs. Dickey is a fixture at Riverview. During her current 23 year tenure she has enjoyed the opportunity to serve both students and their parents (former students). She is married and is the proud mother of three daughters.
Role / Title: Assistant Principal for Student Affairs (10th-12th grade students P-Z)
Mr. David Ramos was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He is of Puerto Rican descent, and is fluent in Spanish. After the passing of his mother at a young age, he was adopted by an aunt; he moved with the family to Brooksville, Florida where he graduated from high school.
At 18, he began his studies at the University of South Florida, where he obtained a degree in Biomedical Sciences. He also met his wife and married at the age of 21. After graduation, he became a Science teacher at Eisenhower Middle School, where he served for 6 years. At the start of his 7th year, he was appointed assistant principal at Madison Middle School.
Today, Mr. Ramos is an active husband and father in the lives of his four children. He lives in Riverview, and his hobbies include coaching his kids in different sports, hanging out with his fraternity brothers, playing basketball, and engaging in all types of outdoor activities with family and friends.
Role / Title: Assistant Principal for Student Affairs (9th grade)
Mrs. Cummings earned both her Bachelor’s Degree in English Education and her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida (Go Bulls!). Her teaching career began at Durant High School, where she taught English and Journalism from 2003-2012. In 2007, she earned recognition as a National Board Certified Teacher of English to Adolescents. From 2012 to 2016, Mrs. Cummings mentored teachers new to the profession at various high schools throughout the district. For her last posting, Mrs. Cummings served as a Professional Development Liaison, where she was able to support teachers and administrators in elementary, middle, and high schools. Mrs. Cummings is super excited and so very proud to be a part of the Riverview High School family! GO SHARKS!
Deputy Aaron Kater, a former officer in the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in Fort Lauderdale for seven years has much experience in law enforcement. This includes his involvement within the jail, patrol, swat, U.S. Air force Reserve and a division known as SLIT (special incident respond team).
Although Riverview will be his first school, he is more than prepared for the job. Kater has much experience with kids of all ages from working with community churches, Big Brothers/ Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Club. Kater said is really excited to be working with high school students.
“To work with kids you really have to have a passion, a unique skill set, to understand them.” Kater said, which is what he said he plans to bring to the table. “I would never try to belittle anyone, but instead try to give guidance and help.”