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.





    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.


    Cindy Simmons- Assistant Principal

    I am a former agriculture, science, and AVID elective teacher excited to serve the students, staff, families and community here at BES. I am a product of Sumter County Schools and am proud alumni of SSMS and SSHS. After graduating high school, I attended the University of Florida to earn my bachelors of science degree in agriculture education and years later decided to go back to school to earn my masters degree in educational leadership from the University of West Florida. Sumter county schools has played a huge role in molding me into the person I am today and I look forward to being a small part in molding our next generation. Let the ADVENTURES continue!