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Danielle Shotwell

Role / Title:  Principal

Phone:  813-671-5011

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.

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3102017_70835_0.jpgDenise Savino

Role / Title:  Assistant Principal for Curriculum

Mrs. Savino earned her Bachelor's Degree in Health Education before earning her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership.  Her teaching career began in New Jersey prior to moving to Hillsborough County.  She was a charter faculty member of Randall Middle when the school opened in 2000.  Mrs. Savino moved to Durant High School in 2004 where she was a science teacher, Student Intervention Specialist, and an Assistant Principal for Student Affairs.  She remained at Durant until becoming the Assistant Principal for Curriculum at Riverview High School in April of 2014.  Mrs. Savino oversees the Guidance Department and is responsible for the subjects and curriculum taught at Riverview High School, teacher assignments and student scheduling.  Mrs. Savino is so proud to be a SHARK!

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Kevin Massena

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.

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Yolanda Dowling-Dickey

Role / Title:  Assistant Principal for Student Affairs (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.

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Steve Houle

Role / Title:  Assistant Principal for Student Affairs (P-Z)

Mr. Houle is a product of the Hillsborough County school system, graduating from Robinson HS. He is also a graduate from the University of South Florida, with a degree in Criminology. He began his educational career at Robinson HS in 1980 as a full time substitute teacher and boys soccer coach.  He then transferred to Ridgewood HS (Pasco County) in 1982-1987, teaching social studies and coaching soccer at Tarpon Springs HS. Returning back to Hillsborough County, Mr. Houle opened up Bloomingdale HS (1987-1990). Taking a break from education Mr. Houle became a corporate trainer and worked in various capacities from 1991-1995 at Copy Control. In 1996, he returned to teaching in Polk County.  While at Lake Region HS, he earned his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Mr. Houle returned again to Hillsborough County where he taught at Plant City HS, serving one year till he was lured away by Principal Bob Heilmann of Riverview HS. As a member of the Shark family Mr. Houle was the school's Student Intervention Specialist from 2002-2006. In 2007, Mr. Houle became an Assistant Principal and has been in that capacity since.


Eric Scott

Role / Title:  Assistant Principal for Student Affairs (9th grade)

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Brian Spiro

Role / Title:  Assistant Principal for Student Affairs (A-F)

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.  

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Kater.jpgDeputy Aaron Kater

Role / Title:  Resource Officer

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.”

By: Ashara Wynne, News Reporter
The Shark Encounter