Additional Resources


Mrs. Emily Backes

School Counselor for Middle School Students, Last Names A-K

Hello Wildcats!

I am so happy to be back as School Counselor for 7th and 8th grade!  This year, I will be working with students whose last names begin with the letters A-K.  I started my educational career at this campus 18 years ago.  Since that time, I have worn many hats at the Schools of McKeel Academy.  I taught 8th grade Integrated Research, MS and HS Chorus, Elementary Music at MAC, and 7th Grade Language Arts and Leadership at SMA. We are also a Wildcat Family!  My husband works at MAC and both of our daughters are graduates of MAT.  I am a Wildcat through and through!  I earned my Bachelor of Science and my Masters in Educational Leadership at Southeastern University, but my learning and education didn't stop there.  I learn new things every single day.  I am a lifelong learner and I hope to pass along my love for learning to all of you!  

If you need to set up an appointment with me, please email emilybackes@mckeelschools.com or call 499-2818 ext. 226.

Have a great year!!  


Mrs. Jennifer Stiverson

School Counselor for Middle School Students, Last Names L-Z

I'm a Lakeland native and am happy to be teaching in this great community in which I grew up! I earned my bachelor's degree from Southeastern University in 2006 and began teaching in 2007.   I taught third grade for 8 years and started a new adventure teaching 5th grade a few years ago.   I absolutely love teaching 5th!   I feel truly blessed to be teaching at such an amazing school!  In my class we are like family and I believe growing character is just as important as growing academically.  


Mrs. Christina Pynes

School Counselor for High School Students, Last Names A-K

Hello Wildcats!


This is my eleventh year as a School Counselor at McKeel Academy and my 17th year in the field of education.  Prior to being a counselor, I was in the classroom and taught first and fourth grades.  This year, I have the pleasure of working with students with the last names A through K, in grades 9th through 12th.


Some information about me...
I attended the University of South Florida for both my Bachelor's and Master's degrees.  My degrees are in Elementary Education and Counselor Education.  I hold professional certificates for Guidance And Counseling as well as Elementary Education.  I am also ESOL endorsed.

If you would like to set up an appointment with me concerning your student, please feel free to contact me by phone at 499-2818, extension 235 or via email at the link listed below.

I look forward to a wonderful year working with you and your student!



Mrs. Sandy Mathieu

School Counselor for High School Students, Last Names L-Z

Greetings Wildcat Family!

My name is Sandy Mathieu and I will be your school counselor.  I am honored to be a part of this great team.  I have been a school counselor for over ten years.  I graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's  Degree in Criminology and a Masters in Counselor Education.  I have served as a Family Support Worker as well as taught and counseled in Elementary and Middle School. 

I will be working with students from 9th-12thgrade with the last names from L-Z.  I look forward to serving the students, parents and staff at McKeel Academy.