Principal Welcome


Margaret K. Lewis School, also known as MKL, is a special purpose school serving the educational needs of students ages 3 to 22 years of age. Approximately 170 students attend MKL and they all qualify for Exceptional Student Education programs with services identified as Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Visually Impaired, Hearing Impaired, Developmentally Delayed and Speech and/or Language Impaired. In addition, many students also receive Occupational and/or Physical Therapy. These students require intensive instructional support to benefit from the educational program.


In partnership with families, Individual Education Plans are developed for each student and alternate assessments are used to monitor student achievement. At MKL, we believe all students can learn when provided with the appropriate curriculum and supports.


We have a new website and also utilize Facebook and Twitter. Follow our Facebook page at "Margaret K. Lewis School" and our Tweets at "MKL Eagles" so that you can stay informed and know what's happening. Thanks for giving me the chance to work with you, your children, and the community.


Lori L. Hast, Principal

Brian Bullock - Principal

Our Mission, Vision, & Core Beliefs

Mission: Margaret K. Lewis School, in cooperation with families and the community, will effectively educate and empower each student to achieve an independent, purposeful, and fulfilling life.

Vision: Margaret K. Lewis School will be a nationally recognized model site for innovative programs for students with disabilities.

Core Beliefs:

  1. Student achievement is our primary focus and the learning environment will reflect a commitment to instruction and safety.
  2. Students will be given the same educational and social opportunities as non-disabled peers.
  3. Students will experience instruction in the environments in which they are expected to live, work, and play.
  4. Each learner’s curriculum will be motivating, individualized, outcome bases, and consistent throughout their school career.
  5. All students will have access to appropriate materials, methodologies, resources, equipment, therapies, and technologies needed to reach their potential.
  6. The transition process will begin the day the student enters MKL and drive their IEP until the day they leave MKL.
  7. Positive Behavior Supports will be a vital component of each educational program.
  8. Families will be provided with meaningful and appropriate opportunities and training to be actively involved in the educational process.
  9. All staff will work together as a team promoting mutual respect, personal dignity, professional development, and shared learning and decision making to meet the needs of our students, families, professionals, and community members.
  10. All MKL staff will be provided training and given the appropriate tools necessary to facilitate successful learning.



Doors open at 7:45.
Instruction begins at 8:15.
Students are released at 2:15.









Margaret K. Lewis School


203 N East Ave,
Panama City,
FL 32401

(850) 767-1792
(850) 767-1795

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