Gina Francis

Gina Francis

Social Studies Team

Welcome Wildcats!

I am excited to start my 25th year of teaching!  I am originally from the village of Brockport, New York; a small community on the Erie Canal in Western New York.  I moved to Lakeland to attend Florida Southern and loved the city so much I never left.  I graduated with a degree in Criminology and Sociology.  My first career was with the Florida Department of Children and Families working with foster families.  Once I decided that I wanted to become a teacher, I took the required classes at Florida Southern and earned my teaching certification.

My teaching career started in 1999 here at McKeel Academy working with exceptional students.  I've also taught math at South McKeel and Tomlin Middle School, and was the testing coordinator and Civics teacher at Tomlin as well. When the opportunity to teach Civics at McKeel Academy was presented in 2021, I jumped at the chance to come home to McKeel. 

When not at school, I enjoy  games and puzzles, Sudoku, and watching crime shows.