Michelle Sorrells 6th Grade Administrator
Mrs. Michelle Sorrells is joining the staff at Cecil E. Gray Middle School as an Assistant Principal. She is a graduate from the University of Florida in 2000 where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She achieved National Board Certification in Early Childhood Education in 2004. She also graduated from the American College of Education in 2020 with a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Michelle has been in the education field since 2000 and has experience in both elementary and middle school settings. She has taught at Interlachen Elementary, Dabney Elementary, Groveland Elementary, Family Christian Center School, Gray Middle School, Windy Hill Middle School, East Ridge Middle School, and most recently was the Instructional Coach at Clermont Elementary. Over the course of her career, she has served in a variety of additional leadership roles including Team Leader and Department Chair. Mrs. Sorrells is passionate about providing a positive school environment while supporting teachers, students, parents, and staff. She is excited about the opportunity to work at Gray. Go Gators!
7th Grade Administrator
Billy Skelton, Assistant Principal, has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Math Education from Florida International University. Mr. Skelton started his career in education by teaching Math at Miami Jackson Sr. High. He spent 1 year at Galaxy Middle in Deltona, Florida before leaving teaching to work full-time in a Christian Camping ministry for 5 years at Camp Horizon (Leesburg, Florida). In 1999, Mr. Skelton started his tenure in Lake County Schools, taking a position as a math teacher at South Lake High. After 3 years at South Lake and one year at East Ridge High School he accepted his first assignment as an Assistant Principal at South Lake High. After 1 year, Mr. Skelton served 4 years as an AP at Clermont Middle, then came to Gray in August, 2008. After serving here for 5 years he spent the next year at Tavares High School. Mr. Skelton is happy to have been transferred back to Gray in 2014 where he serves at the best Middle School in the world.
Mr. Skelton resides in Montverde with his wife and 18-year-old twins. He loves his family and is in happy fellowship at Clermont Bible Fellowship. He also remains active in camp work at Camp Horizon each summer.
8th Grade Administrator
Mr. Smallridge was born and raised in Ocala, Florida. He holds a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from the University of Central Florida. He last taught Algebra 2 and Geometry at Belleview High School in Marion County in 2002.
His first administrative position was at Carver Middle School where he served as an Assistant Principal II for 2.5 years. He was promoted to Assistant Principal I in 2004 and continued that position throughout the 2012-2013 school year. He was then transferred to Gray Middle for the 2013-2014 school year.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He is the stepfather to a 26 year old son Devin and a 21 year old daughter Erin. He is the father of an 11 year old son Riley. He enjoys spending time at Lake Weir riding wave runners with his family and watching Riley play soccer.
Mr. Smallridge is excited to be a part of the administrative team at Gray Middle and believes in the commitment that has been made by the faculty and staff to move students into tomorrow's world successfully.