Junior Leadership Program


Mr. DeShazo

Junior Leadership (JLP)

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Hello, I am Mr. DeShazo, Junior Leadership instructor at Caloosa Middle. I came to Caloosa Middle three years ago, following an enlistment in the United States Marine Corps. Working as a teacher, I strive to instill within each student some of the same principles that the Marine Corps instilled in me: honesty, integrity, leadership, responsibility, and a sense of patriotic citizenship. But most importantly, I seek to cultivate a passion for learning within each student who walks through my classroom doors. I look forward to meeting you all. Go Cougars!



Mr. Kalugdan

Junior Leadership (JLP)

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Hey everyone! I'm Mr. Kalugdan and I teach US History and the Junior Leadership Cadet Program! You can expect a challenging yet fun and exciting class every day. I love teaching Middle School and am very blessed to be here at Caloosa Middle.

I have been teaching for 4 years now and am on my 5th school year overall! I always wanted to give back to my community and make a difference. My job is really fun and I look forward to it every day. It does not even feel like work! Looking forward to an awesome school year!


Physical Education



Coach Cojo

Physical Education / Math Grade 7

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Coach Taylor

Physical Education

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It is great to be here in Caloosa Middle School. I have taught Physical Education here at Caloosa for 8 years and love every second of it.
I grew up in the Snowy area of Jamestown NY. I played sports throughout my childhood and still love to participate in a friendly game, no matter what sport, as an adult. I graduated from SUNY Cortland with my Bachelors degree and then proceeded to get my Masters at Canisius College in Physical Education. 

In my classes I hope to encourage sportsmanship, teamwork, and personal growth, over a must win attitude. I find sport/exercise to be a great stress reliever, escape from frustrations, and an opportunity to strengthen one’s self no matter winning or losing. 





Mr. Fisikelli

Fine Arts and Digital Design

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My name is Mr. Fisikelli and I teach Fine Arts and Digital Design here at Caloosa Middle School. If you love Art or being creative then you can expect to find a class here that you will love! From Digital Design (that's creating artwork on the computer), to Drawing, Painting and Photography, or learning about Cultural Art from around the World, there's something for everyone. Come join us and let your creativity shine!



Mrs. Rigney

Band and Steel Drums

Hi everyone!! I am Mrs. Rigney and I teach Band and Steel Drums!!  I am so excited to join the staff here at Caloosa Middle School! GOOOOO COUGARS!!  This is my first year at CMS, but my 23rd year teaching.  I am a Florida native, born and raised right here in Lee County! I attended Allen Park Elementary, Ft. Myers Middle School and graduated from Cypress Lake Center for the Arts!  I always knew I would come back here and teach, giving back to my district what they gave to me.  I have a love for all genres of music and hope to share that with you all!  




Peer Counseling, Health and Business


Mrs. DeCarlo

Peer Counseling and Health

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Hello, I am Mrs. DeCarlo and I teach Peer Counseling /6th grade Health class here at Caloosa Middle. I have been teaching for 23 years and 13 of those here at Caloosa. I enjoy teaching Health Education to helping students make connections and develop an understanding at their own level. I take pride in always having a calm and age appropriate approach to teaching middle school students. You can expect to learn many skills in my class that will help you be successful in other classes as well as life. Go Buckeyes:)  



Ms. Tikka

Business, Peer Counseling and Coding

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My name is Ms. Tikka. I am a Business Teacher at Caloosa Middle. I started my working career in the computer industry and am able to share experiences of owning my own computer consulting business and working for a Fortune 500 company before going into teaching. I teach the 6th grade Peer Counseling class that is a transition to middle school course to help our students be successful in school. We focus on Health, Social and Emotional Learning, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), Chromebook Usage and Keyboarding. I also teach Computer Applications in Business 1 & Career Planning that focuses on assessing strengths, personality, and interests to match to potential careers. Additionally, the Computer Applications class builds expertise in the Microsoft suite of products including Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

P.R.I.D.E. Academy and Best Buddies



Mr. and Mrs. Tocci

P.R.I.D.E. Academy and Best Buddies

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Mrs. Tocci- I am one of the teachers in P.R.I.D.E. Academy at Caloosa. P.R.I.D.E. Academy is a program for students in grades 6-8 with varying exceptionalities. Our students engage in hands-on tasks and project-based learning to generalize their academic and life skills. My family moved to Florida from NY 8 years ago.  I have three children and two dogs.  I have been a teacher for 12 years and I truly love my job!

Mr. Tocci - P.R.I.D.E. Academy is a unique learning environment for middle school students with varying exceptionalities. Our curriculum is tailored to serve diverse needs, while delivering a wide range of meaningful and fun lessons in life skills. My family is originally from Long Island, NY and we have lived in Cape Coral for 8 years. Caloosa Middle is a great place for ALL learners!




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