Kelly Goodwin- Principal

    I grew up in Sumter County and I am proud to say that I am a product of Bushnell Elementary.  I graduated from St. Leo College with a BA in Elementary Education and earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida. I began my career 20 years ago as a teacher right here at BES. 

    I have taught second through fifth grades in my teaching career. I have also served as a Reading Coach/MTSS Facilitator, spent three years as the Assistant Principal of Lake Panasoffkee Elementary,  and half a year as the AP at South Sumter Middle School before being hired as the Principal here at BES.  

    I have loved every stage of my career, and I am excited for the future.  I will always put the needs of the children above all else, and will work tirelessly to continue the tradition of excellence at Bushnell Elementary, A Great Place to Grow.



    Jessica Johnston- Assistant Principal

    Being an educator has been my dream since I was a little girl "teaching" any friends or family that would play along from a tree house in my back yard. The opportunity to touch a child's life is a precious gift and an awesome responsibility! I'm excited to do just that here at Bushnell Elementary!

     I was born and raised in south Florida in the greater Ft. Lauderdale area. I received my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a reading and ESOL endorsement from Clearwater Christian College, and I earned my masters degree in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida. While I may not have been born and raised here, I chose Sumter county as the place to put roots and I couldn't imagine being anywhere else! 

    I began my career as a classroom teacher at Lake Panasoffkee Elementary school in 2009 teaching Kindergarten for a year and 4th grade for 4 years.  I then taught 6th grade English-Language Arts at South Sumter Middle school for two years, before transitioning into administration where I served as an AP for 1 year at SSMS. 

    I am excited about being a part of BES as we continue to grow in success!



    Donna Cook- Assistant Principal

    I am originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida but have lived in several other states. I graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BS in Vocational Home Economics and a Master’s Degree from Nova Southeastern in Educational Leadership. I began my career at Dunnellon High School teaching various Home Economic courses. After receiving my master’s degree, I served as a Dean of Students, Assistant Principal for Discipline, Assistant Principal for Curriculum (K-12) and a Coordinator for Grants and Federal Programs in Marion County. My family resides in Bushnell and I am excited to plants roots and grow along with Bushnell Elementary.