Neketa C. Watson



I am Neketa C. Watson and I am excited to be principal here at Lehigh Acres Middle School for another year. We are gearing up for a super year filed with excitement, unforgettable memories, and yes…….increased student achievement!

My commitment is to make Lehigh Acres Middle School a place where every student has an opportunity for excellence. To accomplish this, I need all of you to make this happen: Parents, Teachers, Staff, Students and our beloved community. Working as a team is definitely a must if we are going to accomplish this goal, as I firmly believe Together Everyone Achieves More!

Our goal at LAMS is to challenge every child academically, grow them socially and emotionally, and guide them toward independent thinking and problem solving. Students will be encouraged to display good character and to make good choices that will result in successful outcomes. We are looking forward to a great school year filled with enriching activities and learning experiences that will help your child display “Bruin Pride!”

Middle school can be challenging at times, but there are several simple things that will help students achieve success:

  • Make reminders and plan ahead.
  • Use your school planner/agenda.
  • Make time for homework and assignments.
  • Check grades frequently on the ParentLink.
  • Prepare the night before.
  • Get involved at school. Join a club or participate in intramural sports.

Our school is at the heart of the community and we value open and cooperative relationships with parents. I believe if parents are active participants in their children’s learning, then we can have a true partnership between the school and the family.

I am positive this will be a great year for Lehigh Acres Middle School! Just remember, we are in this together. If I, and any member for LAMS, can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to call!

Dr. Anderson Thomas

Assistant Principal of Curriculum

It is my sincere pleasure to be the Assistant Principal for Curriculum at LAMS. Our sole intention is to provide a safe environment that will foster our students’ learning which will enable them to operate optimally in the world in which they live. Our team embrace rigorous and engaging instruction, for all students based on interest and ability. We hold students accountable and support, encourage and hold students accountable to enable success. I am Dr. A T and it is a pleasure to be a Bruin!


Joseph Restino

Assistant Principal of Administration

I am so excited to be a Bruin for another year! We are going to work hard, but have fun doing it. We have a wonderful team of teachers and staff that cannot wait to make every single LAMS Scholars college and career ready. If you need anything for any reason, please do not hesitate to get ahold of me. My name is Joseph Restino and I am honored to be a Bruin! 


Lisa Whaley

My name is Lisa Whaley and I'm a proud Lehigh Middle Bruin. We have a great year planned for your scholar. Our new 6th graders will be welcomed into the 6th Grade Academy, while 6th-8th graders will have opportunities to join AVID (Achievement via Individual Determination) or the Cambridge program. I hope to see you at one of our many family events soon. Please give me a call or email me if I can help you or your scholar anytime throughout the school year

Assistant Principal of Administration