Orange Park Junior High School
Principal and Title IX Coordinator, Tania Auguste
Welcome to Orange Park Junior High, home of the Wildcats!
My name is Tania Auguste and I am extremely excited and honored to be your principal! It is truly a pleasure working with the entire Orange Park Junior High community, as we look towards the future in our continued pursuit for academic excellence. The sky's the limit here at Orange Park Junior!
Prior to becoming the Principal of OPJ, I served as an Assistant Principal at both Ridgeview High School and Wilkinson Junior High. In addition, I also had the privilege of serving as a High School Spanish Instructor for 17 years before transitioning to administration.
My vision as your principal is to ensure a safe, positive and nurturing learning environment with all stakeholders to yield high academic success. What is more, I believe in the importance of building relationships with clear two way communication to foster a school climate that motivates students to learn and thrive in all areas.
As the old adage goes, “It takes a village” and I am a proponent for joining with the community, as we come together to prepare our students academically, socially and emotionally for the 21st century!
Please do not hesitate to contact our team with any questions or concerns! We are here for you!
Assistant Principal and Title IX Coordinator, Arthur Allison
Welcome to Orange Park Junior High! I am proud to be an Assistant Principal here at the school. This will be an exciting year with new students and new classes.
This will be my 13th year in education. I started teaching middle school science in Duval county before transferring to Clay County to join Lakeside Junior High. I transferred to Ridgeview High School to teach science then came to Orange Park Junior High as the Dean of Students.
I believe every one of our students is unique and deserves the best education we can provide. They should come to Orange Park Junior High and find an environment that allows them to feel safe, welcomed and accepted for who they are. They should be able to grow emotionally, intellectually and socially in their early teen years. They should feel safe in our school to take academic risks in a collaborative environment that will push them outside their academic comfort zones and allow them to grow in new ways. When they leave OPJH, they should be ready to enter high school as a well adjusted, academically prepared student. Even though 7th and 8th grade is only two years, these are the most important formative years that will prepare them for a successful transition into our community. It is my hope that all our kids will become lifelong learners and members of society that excel in their individual futures and help make our world a better place.
My door is always open to the students and community our school serves. Please do not hesitate to contact me here at the school at 336-5975 if I can be of service.
I look forward to a great year and Go Wildcats!
Assistant Principal, Ansley Smith
I am very excited to be joining the administrative team at Orange Park Junior High in the upcoming 23-24 school year. My experience as a teacher is at the elementary level, but I have taken on many leadership roles during that time. During my 9 years of experience I have planned school-wide events (including multicultural night, quarterly reading incentive program and movie nights), team lead for 7 years, math team coach and coordinator for 7 years, and School Advisory Council Chair for the last two years, just to name a few. I have also participated in writing the math curriculum maps for several years and was selected to participate on the Superintendent Teacher Advisory Council last year. I am excited to bring my leadership experience to OPJ and also to have the opportunity to continue to learn and grow as an educator through this new position.
On a more personal note, my husband and I are Clay County residents. I am originally from Atlanta but finished high school at Nease in St. John’s County. My husband is a product of Clay County Schools attending Grove Park Elementary, Orange Park Junior and Orange Park High. We are both huge sports fans!! We are season ticket holders for the Jags (even through the tough years) and have a bucket list to see the Jags play in all the NFL stadiums (we have seen 10 so far). I am a Georgia fan and he is a Florida fan for all things college sports (love the rivalry).
My philosophy as an educator that will carry over into the administrative role is that school should be a safe and inspiring space for all teachers and students to learn and grow. I am looking forward to the upcoming year with the Wildcat team and students!!