Mr. Whittaker

Phone: (352) 291-4000 ext 59820


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. - University of Central Florida M.S. - University of Central Florida M.Ed. - University of Central Florida

Mr. Whittaker

Hello and welcome to the 2018-2019 school year and your class in World History or US History.  My name is Gary Whittaker and I am excited to be the one guiding you on your academic journey through these fascinating classes.


This is my fifth year of teaching at West Port High School.  Prior to coming here, I worked for the State of Florida as the Education Supervisor (principal) for Lowell Correctional Institution where I was responsible for full administration of the academic and vocational adult education programs for inmates and was also the Chief Examiner for the GED (through the Florida Department of Education) for all prisons located between Daytona and Ocala.  I have a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice coupled with a Specialist in Corrections Leadership.  I served my country through 23 years in the United States Army entering during Vietnam and exiting after Desert Storm.


Parents, I look forward to working with you and your child in what will be a very successful and exciting school year at West Port High School.  I am delighted to have your student in my classroom this year and I will endeavor to create an educational partnership with you and your child that will foster determination and passion for knowledge.  In addition to this, my commitment as an educator will be to provide your student with a nurturing and challenging educational environment that will ensure his/her academic success this year.  I believe it is important that we develop a positive working relationship and maintain open lines of communication.  As such, I welcome your calls and your emails.


My telephone number is (352) 491-2000, ext 59820 and I am generally available 1/2 hour before or after school and during the "B" lunch at Power Hour.  My email is and I will answer your email as soon as I possible can.