Lake Asbury Junior High School


Phone: (904) 336-5375



Bachelor of Music, Stetson University

Master of Educational Leadership, University of West Florida

Education Specialist of Curriculum and Instruction, University of West Florida

Advanced Doctoral Coursework in Curriculum and Instruction, University of West Florida


Educational Leadership

Elementary Education K-6

Music K-12

School Principal

“Every child deserves a champion - an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”

-Rita Pierson

Principal, Mallory McConnell

Dear Lake Asbury Junior High Students, Parents, and Community Members,

Welcome to Lake Asbury Junior High School! I am beyond excited to work with each of you as we grow throughout this year. The junior high school years are an exciting time when children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning both academically and socially. As a former junior high and high school teacher, I value lifelong learning and we will aim to make your child’s learning experiences at LAJH engaging and exciting! We work diligently to prepare our students for success after high school by providing an innovative Project-Based Learning (PBL) approach and a strong foundation in literacy. We firmly believe this sets the stage for students to solve real-world problems while reaching their highest academic potential. This will also allow LAJH students to develop skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.

As we partner together for this school year, we will need your help!. Our commitment to you is to keep our focus on teaching and learning. You can help us by making sure students arrive to school on time each day. Our school day begins at 9:30am and ends at 3:42pm. Please make all efforts to schedule any student appointments before or after school hours to ensure that your child receives a full day's instruction.

Throughout the school year, please make sure to keep the lines of communication open with your child’s teacher. He/she will always be your first contact for any questions or concerns you may have. Parents and teachers working together will not only increase your child’s success but serve as a great model for students as to how to work effectively as a team. The junior high years are critical in the lives of our students. During a time you want to allow your student to spread their wings and “fly,” I encourage you to still remember they need you as an active member of their educational journey.

Please know the Lake Asbury staff is dedicated to ensuring that every student receives instruction that meets their individual academic needs in a safe and supportive school environment. Our LAJH faculty and staff take great pride in positive interactions with students and families. Building positive relationships with all stakeholders is of great importance to me as well. Please feel free to email or call me; I will always be available to you during the school year.

I am honored to serve as principal of Lake Asbury Junior High School and feel extremely fortunate for this opportunity to work with your children. I look forward to making this a very successful year for everyone as we work to provide a high-quality education that supports the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students! Go Tigers!


Mallory McConnell, Principal

Phone: (904) 336-5375


Degrees and Certificates:

Bachelor’s Degree

Master’s Degree

Elementary Education

Educational Leadership

Reading Endorsement

University of West Alabama

University of West Florida

“There’s no such thing as a kid who hates reading. There are kids who love reading and kids who are reading the wrong books.” -James Patterson

Assistant Principal, Jennifer Umbaugh

Dear Families and Lake Asbury Community,

I am so excited to have the opportunity to work with your students here on our campus at Lake Asbury Junior High.

As a classroom teacher I spent many years next door at Lake Asbury Elementary and am thankful to be back in the community. I am able to see students now and find out that I previously taught their older brothers, sisters, and cousins…oh my!

One of the many things that make our school community so special for students is family involvement. Students know that as a school and family unit we are working together for their long term success while working toward short term goals each week, month, quarter, semester and year. At our high school we offer many courses for students to pursue their interests outside of their four core content classes of Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Students have the opportunity to participate in Band, Chorus, Musical Theater, Technology, Robotics, Agriculture, Hospitality and Tourism, Careers in Fashion and Interior Design, as well as Spanish. Another unique facet to our school is our STEAM program. Students in this program apply from all over Clay County in order to attend. During their two years of participation students are given additional learning opportunities and experiences while they begin to earn high school credits.

Having grown up here in Clay County and graduated from Middleburg High, Go Broncos!I am so honored to have spent my 23 years as an educator here in Clay County. I don’t take lightly the awesome responsibility of the trust that the families and community have in us here at the school to send your children to us each day. Thank you for all you do, along with the school, to provide a consistent and united front for our students.



Degrees and Certificates:

Bachelor of Arts in Education, University of North Florida

Master of Educational Leadership, University of West Florida

Educational Leadership

Driver Education

Physical Education

Assistant Principal and Title IX Coordinator, Daniel Davis

Dear Lake Asbury Students, Families and Community members,

We welcome you to Lake Asbury Junior High School and look forward to an exciting year!

I am truly honored to be serving as an Assistant Principal at LAJH! I treasure working with our community of remarkable students, families, and staff members. I would like to thank each of you for entrusting your best and brightest to us each and every day.

I believe that strong partnerships with home and community are an essential building block to academic excellence and ensuring the best possible junior high school experience for our students. As your Assistant Principal, you can expect my continued dedication to the success of every student and staff member. I am an active learner and I am excited to experience the daily learning in classrooms with our teachers, who are among the best in Clay County!

Your involvement as parents/guardians as a vital member of your child’s educational team is essential. Please considering joining our school's Parent Volunteer Organization (PVO) this school year. Through our PVO, families and school staff work together to provide opportunities to support our teachers and students throughout the year.

I look forward to meeting new students/families and building on existing relationships with everyone in our community! We are looking forward to a successful year and we are so glad you are here! Go Tigers!


Daniel Davis, Assistant Principal