Keystone Heights

Junior/Senior High School


Burke Principal

Phone: (904) 336-7775


Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education, Master of Education in Educational Leadership, and Principal Leadership

Keystone Heights Junior/Senior High School

Valdosta State University

University of North Florida

“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, and it sparks extraordinary results.”― Wade Boggs

Principal, Laurie Burke

Keystone Heights Junior/High School is a uniquely hidden gem in beautiful Clay County. As educators we take pride in our school and welcome the challenge to provide our students with strong instruction and engaging opportunities to instill lifelong learning skills. I believe that we are growing leaders. Leaders who will develop a love for others, hard work ethic, and personal accountability. I encourage all students to take part in extracurricular activities at school because their learning does not stop in the classroom.

At Keystone, we strive to provide a positive and encouraging learning environment to support students’ social and emotional growth. Educators, families, and communities have a vital role in students’ lives to guide them in a positive direction as they learn through life’s successes and failures. We are also tasked with being a positive example as they are watching and learning from us every moment. We are committed to provide the best experience for all of our students.

We encourage positive and supportive parental involvement in students’ educational experience. We believe that working and supporting students together is when we get the best results in preparing them for their future endeavors. We truly believe that all students can be successful.

The high school years are an exciting time to make the best friendships and memories to last a lifetime. Still to this day, I personally value the friendships and memories that I gained as a Keystone Heights Junior/High School student. Keystone is the best place to be!

Laurie Burke



BA in Elementary Education, MA in Educational Leadership, Certified K-12 ESE, ESOL, and Reading Endorsement

Saint Leo University, American College of Education

I have not failed, I just found 10,000 ways it will not work.

-Thomas Edison

Assistant Principal, Melanie Rodriguez

Dear Parents and Stakeholders,

I am honored to introduce myself as one of the assistant principals at KHHS. My career in education began when I started working for Clay County School Board as a paraprofessional in an ESE self-contained classroom in 2005. Working in this classroom fueled a desire and encouraged me to pursue my teaching degree. By 2010, I graduated from Saint Leo University earning my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Reading and ESOL, as well as, becoming certified in K-12th ESE. Over the course of my time with the county, I have worked at various schools in Keystone Heights and Clay county, as a third-grade teacher, K-4th ESE teacher, PreK teacher, 7th-12th ESE teacher, a secondary intensive reading teacher, the district secondary reading coach and most recently the dean at Green Cove Junior High School.

After completing my Masters in Educational Leadership at American College of Education in 2022, I am beyond excited to be able to return to KHHS as the new Assistant Principal. My goal in this position is to be a support system for all students and teachers. I am committed to working collaboratively with community stakeholders to provide the best and safest learning environment at KHHS.

I raised my children in Keystone Heights and wholeheartedly believe the small community connection played a vital role in their development and educational achievements. As the saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child”, I am confident it takes “a tribe to educate a child”. Being a part of the “Indian Tribe” in Keystone Heights I am committed to prioritizing my goals to focus on student success.

Phone: (904) 336-7775


Master of Education: Curriculum and Instruction

Principal Licensure Program: Building-level Administration

Educational Specialist: District-level Administration

"A man who views the world the same at 50 as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”

- Muhammad Ali

Assistant Principal and Title IX Coordinator, David Cowper

Dear Keystone parents, stakeholders, and community members,

I am very excited to have the opportunity to serve as an assistant principal at Keystone Heights Jr/Sr High School. I grew up in Michigan and spent my first 32 years there before moving to Indiana to start full time in education in 2009. Our family has talked about relocating to Florida for several years, and we are extremely happy and feel extremely fortunate that our goal has finally come to fruition.

As a professional educator, this will mark the start of my thirteenth year in education, and the start of my seventh year in administration. Before moving into administration, I taught high school English and dual credit classes and coached several sports including basketball, football, and track. I completed a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction in 2010, a K-12 building-level administrator’s license in 2014, and an EdS/Superintendent’s license in 2021.

I believe education is a powerful tool that can be used to shape brighter futures, and I am proud to serve alongside my fellow educators as we assist students and community stakeholders in pursuit of those brighter futures.

I am proud to be a small part of an educational team in a growing county at a growing school dedicated to building better opportunities for our community.


Don Cowper

KHHS Assistant Principal

Phone: (904) 336-7775


Degrees and Certifications:

Masters in Education

University of North Florida

Make it a Great day or not, the choice is yours.

Assistant Principal, Barry Underwood

Dear Parents and Community Members,

It is great to be back with you this year. Over the years I have seen many great things occur at KHHS. Every year KHHS has had numerous students earn their AA degrees through dual enrollment with Santa Fe State College. We have many students that earn industry certifications through their CTE courses. There have been countless students who have won Science fair awards. In athletics KHHS has won a considerable amount of District Titles and a few State Championships.

All of these accomplishments did not happen by chance. Keystone Heights Jr./Sr. High school has a dedicated staff, students and parents that are willing to put in the work necessary to be successful. I am looking forward to another outstanding year and the opportunity to work with you and your children.

Let’s make it a great year, GO Keystone!!!