Sheridan Technical HS Staff
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David Schreiber| Biology Honors, Chemistry Honors
Judy Bracken-Tersillo | Health 1 – Life Management Skills
Judy Bracken has been teaching for 16 years. Judy has an AA Degree in Education from Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida. Judy graduated from Florida State University in Tallahassee 1994. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family, Child, and Consumer Science. Judy became an Adjunct Instructor for Indian River State College in Fort Pierce, Florida in 1997. She worked in Adult Education teaching all subjects including Math Enrichment and Wellness. In 2009 she won the COABE National Teacher of the Year Award. In 2010, Judy became a member of the Sheridan Technical Center Family. She has taught both Adult Basic Education and GED studies.
Robert Decker | Emerging Technology in Business
My name is Professor Robert Decker. I received my Bachelor’s and Master’s in International Business from The University of Florida, and I am currently attaining my Doctorate in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University. I thoroughly enjoy the online classroom. I believe in developing both intellectual and behavioral skills to ensure you obtain tools that will enable you to be successful in academic and professional pursuits.
In addition to teaching at Sheridan Technical High School, I am an adjunct business professor at Broward College, a collegiate business textbook author for Great River Learning Publications, and an educational consultant for the Florida Department of Education and Microsoft Corporation. I am currently working on the Business Education 6-12 test to ensure that the test is current in order to develop better future business and CTE programs in Florida. I have been recognized by the White House and the US Department of Education as the most innovative CTE (career and technical educator) of 2015.
Jay Feinstein | World History Honors
Jay Feinstein has been teaching for over 20 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from New York University and a Master’s Degree in Reading from St. Rose College in Albany, New York. He holds a California Specialist License in Special Education as well as an ESOL Endorsement from Barry University. Jay has been an Adjunct Professor of Reading at both Broward and Miami Dade College teaching all levels of College Prep Reading. During his teaching career, Jay has taught various Social Science courses at the high school level as well as all levels of Intensive Reading. Jay has traveled around the world and enjoys bringing what he has learned from his travels into the classroom.
Renka Friedman | Debate Honors
Renka Friedman graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor’s degree in English with a specialty in American Literature. After a few years in the business world, she decided to enter the world of teaching in order to inspire youth to share in her knowledge and joy of literature. After teaching Language Arts for 5 years, she was fortunate to be able to bring her love of writing and argumentation to Sheridan Technical High School as the Debate Instructor and Coach. She is also co-sponsor of the Drama Club.
Ms. Friedman has a passion for books, theatre, Mickey Mouse and most of all her handsome one year old son, Joshua.
Jose Montanez | Personal Fitness
Jose Montanez has been teaching Physical Education and Health since 2003 in the Connecticut Technical High School System. During that time he coached baseball, basketball and soccer. Before teaching he was a personal trainer. His bachelor’s degree is in Physical Education with a minor in Health. Mr. Montanez also has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership.
Wendy Payne | English I Honors
Mrs. Payne graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. She worked in marketing and public relations for over 12 years before changing careers and becoming a Language Arts teacher. She earned her Master’s degree in Teaching & Learning and has been doing both of those things – teaching and learning – for the last 11years. With a unique perspective that includes experience in everything from corporate boardrooms to three-person agencies and from old-fashioned read-alongs to online learning, Mrs. Payne can help guide her students down whatever road they chose to travel for their future success.
On a personal note, Mrs. Payne is a die-hard Seminole Fan, who has been known to yell advice at the T.V. during football games. She is married and has 2 cats.
Katherine Tanner | Algebra I Honors, Geometry Honors
Mariuxi Tinajero | Spanish 1
Mariuxi Tinajero was born and raised in Ecuador. She has been teaching for 5 years. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education (Grades K-6) from Florida Atlantic University and a Master’s Degree in Mathematics education (Grades K-12) from Nova Southeastern University. During her teaching career, Mariuxi has taught 6th grade Bible, Math, Science and Spanish. She has also taught English as a second language to adult learners. Mariuxi has traveled around the world and finds learning about other cultures fascinating.
Core Subject Areas – 10th Grade Team
Maria Agudelo | Spanish 1, 2, 3, and 4
Ms. Agudelo has been employed by The School Board of Broward County, Florida for twenty five years. She has been a teacher and advocate of the children of migrant agricultural workers. She was selected as The 2007 Migrant Advocate of the Year by the Florida Department of Education Migrant Education Program among nominees from other Florida districts. In addition, Ms. Agudelo was selected, among other ESOL teachers at her school, as 2007 Star Teacher of the Year and was selected by her peers as the 2013 Teacher Of the Year.
Ms. Agudelo has taught Spanish to K-12 students and adults. She has also taught English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) to adult students of low socio-economic status. In addition, she has worked with adult ESOL and ABE/GED students in a Family Literacy Program where she conducted parent trainings, tutored their children in core academic subjects to help them succeed in school, and conducted Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time activities.
Ms. Agudelo has experience in grant writing and has served as a grant reader for the 21st Century Community Learning Center grants.
Ms. Agudelo earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Florida Atlantic University, a Master of Science degree at Nova Southeastern University, and a Specialist degree at Florida Atlantic University. She holds Florida Department of Education Professional Certification in different academic subjects.
Ashley Asselta | AP Psychology
Mrs. Asselta holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Florida Atlantic University and a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. She is a Licensed Professional
Counselor with 9 years of field experience. Mrs. Asselta completed a practicum on the behavioral health units of Broward General Medical Center. She then provided therapy for foster children and their families involved with Child Protective Services. Mrs. Asselta has also worked with intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals as a Staff Clinical Psychologist at one of the oldest and nationally known developmental centers in the United States. Mrs. Asselta brings her in field experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to the 10th grade AP Psychology courses she teaches at Sheridan Technical High School.
Nancy Barba | Trigonometry, Algebra 2 Honors, Finance
With more than four decades in education, Nancy Barba’s career experiences In Broward County Schools are varied from mathematics teacher and department chair to curriculum specialist, to director of Program Development to secondary mathematics supervisor to principal (in Walton County) with a variety of other experiences in between. She spent fifteen years of her career in on-line education.
Ms. Barba started the first school district on-line professional development (Broward Virtual University or BVU) in the 90’s. This was the same time Florida Virtual School was started.
She is certified in Florida as a mathematics teacher 6-12 and 5-9, education leadership, gifted and ESOL.
Michael Fisher | Technical Studies
Mr. Michael Fisher has been teaching for the last 18 years in Broward County. He is currently teaching Technology Studies for 10th Grade. Mr. Fisher attended Penn State and Florida Atlantic University. He has a Bachelors in Fine Arts and is certified to teach in several subjects including Technology, Art, Gifted, and Elementary Education. Lastly, he currently holds National Board Certification. Mr. Fisher has a passion for knowledge and loves the concept of challenging our youth to experience as much learning as possible.
Helena Giannini | AP Environmental Science/Environmental Science Honors
Helena Giannini teaches AP Environmental Science. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in English from Barry University. She also has a Master of Science in Environmental Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Biodiversity Conservation and Management from Florida International University. She has over 10 years of field experience as a biologist working in South Florida’s wetlands, pine rocklands, tropical hammocks, and coastal dunes.
Barry University employed Ms. Giannini as assistant director of the NOAA environmental/marine program. She worked on administration, recruitment, student advising, taught ecology and botany labs, volunteered with the Florida Academy of Science, and participated in plant and fish research. Her department surveyed dunes to determine elevation impacts on different plants. She founded Barry University’s chapter of the Marine Mammal Rescue Society and worked with students on dolphin rehabilitation.
Ms. Giannini then joined Miami-Dade County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management as a biologist. There she worked on vegetation mapping, biological assessments, and management of protected forest communities and endangered lands. She is skilled in scientific applications of ArcGIS technology. She also managed habitat restoration encompassing removing exotic plants, planting native plants, and applying prescribed fire. She is trained as a wildland firefighter and burn boss. She enjoyed working with private landowners on ecosystem conservation.
The National Park Service hired Ms. Giannini as a biologist to work on vegetation maps of Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve. She traveled to remote natural areas via airboat, marine boat, ATV, and helicopter to collect scientific data. She worked on fish sampling, exotic plant detection, forest structure studies, wetland ecotone monitoring, and sampled aquatic contaminants. She also worked on vegetation mapping via photo-interpretation of three-dimensional aerial images.
Ms. Giannini enjoys reading, traveling, and SCUBA diving. Science has always been her passion. The future of our planet is in your hands. It is her goal to empower students with scientific knowledge applicable to the real world, as well as any career options students wish to pursue, so they can take ownership of their future.
Mary “Rita” Horton | English II Honors
Mrs. Horton is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher who graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She received her English Certification in 2014. For the past thirteen years, she has worked in education. Prior to this she worked in the banking industry for several years, but realized she wanted to play a more prominent role in the lives of children. Throughout her teaching career she has enjoyed working and interacting with children of all ages. Her passion is reading and she strives to instill this love of reading in others. As an educator, her goal has always been to ensure her students reach their full potential in a positive and productive learning environment. More importantly, she hopes to always help students become the best version of themselves!
On a personal note, Mrs. Horton is married with 3 children. She enjoys reading, bike riding, hiking, and taking new adventures…. pretty much anything that has to do with nature!
Marisa Santana | Individual and Dual Sports
Marisa Santana is a 2010 McFatter Technical High School graduate. While attending McFatter Technical High School she studied photography as her technical program. After high school she went on to Florida Atlantic University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She has worked for Sheridan Technical College at the main campus in both the GED Department and Administration Office. Her enthusiasm and excitement for the opening of the new technical high school awarded her the position of the first person that all students, parents, and teachers see when they entered the Administrative Office at Sheridan Technical High School. Currently, she is teaching Individual/Dual Sports.
Core Subject Areas – 11th Grade Team
Craig Jarrett | U.S. Government Honors/AP Economics
Craig C. Jarrett has been teaching for nearly two decades. He received his education in Canada with degrees in Economics and History from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada (brr) and a degree in Education from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada (really brr). He received his National Board certification in Social Studies education 6-12 in 2004 while teaching at McFatter Technical Center in Davie, Florida.
As a child Craig played hockey … because what else was there to do, really? As a teenager Craig played hockey. And yes, all through college and into his late twenties, Craig played hockey. Today, Craig enjoys fishing, all ocean sports, martial arts, and really anything that’s doesn’t involve being cold.
Jennifer Kenneally | English Honors III, AP English/Language Composition
Ms. Jennifer M. Kenneally received a double undergraduate degree in History and Political Science from the University of Florida. She then completed her master’s in Community and Social Change at the University of Miami. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling and weightlifting, but the two loves of her life will always be her doggies (daughters) Lily and Sofía.
Ozkan Keskinkaya | Pre-Calculus Honors, AP Statistics, Geometry Honors
Mr. Keskinkaya, also known as Mr. K., has been teaching since 2009. He received his Bachelors and Masters in Mathematics from Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey. He taught in New Jersey, Arizona, and North Carolina. Mr. K. has taught all the courses from Algebra 1 to AP Stats and AP Calculus. Additionally, he has also taught some college level courses as an Adjunct Professor at Durham Community College and Miller Motte College in North Carolina. Mr. K. has lived in many countries including Germany, Canada, and Turkey where he is from originally. He loves soccer and enjoys cooking.
Brittney Smith | Marine Science Honors
Ms. Smith was born in California but moved to Tampa, Florida when she was 10 and considers Florida to be her home. She fell in love with science on her first visit to Sea World when she was five years old. By the time she was eight, she knew that conservation education is what she wanted to do. She attended The University of Tampa and graduated in 2012 with a B.S. in Biology and Marine Science. While attending college, she volunteered at Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) in the sea turtle department. Throughout her experience there, she prepared daily feedings, ensured proper medication was administered, and assisted the on-site vet with triage procedures on the sea turtle residents. She conducted public awareness briefings about sea turtles, mangrove habitats, fish, and stingrays of the Gulf of Mexico and also human interaction impacts on the environment. While at CMA, she found a love for teaching others about the world in which we live. She worked at Funky Fish Ocean Camp and taught children about the ocean and how to conserve the wildlife while still enjoying the environment. She is excited to be a part of the Sheridan Wolves family teaching Marine Science.
On a more personal note, Ms. Smith is a huge Tampa Bay Lightning fan as well as a Disney fanatic. She enjoys going snorkeling, rollerblading, bike riding, and reading a good book in a hammock.
Paul Askin | ACCESS, Department Chair
Paul Askin M.A. CCC-SLP is the Speech-Language Pathologist for Sheridan Technical Center. Mr. Askin graduated with his master’s degree from the College of Health and Public Affairs at the University of Central Florida. He began working for the Broward County Public School District in 2001. Additionally, Mr. Askin is also a treating therapist for Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale as well as other rehab and sub-acute facilities in the Broward County area. His clinical background prior to working for BCPS included treating the zero to three-year-old medically fragile population, private clinic therapy, sub-acute rehab hospital treatment, and volunteering with Easter Seals. Mr. Askin holds a Department of Education Professional Educator’s Certificate for “Speech Language Impaired (K-12).” He has obtained his credentials through and is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). He is also a member of The Florida Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists (FLASHA), and the Florida Education Association (FEA). Mr. Askin collaborates with professional’s district-wide to provide training and support to families, students, and educators including the Children Services Council of Broward County.
Outside of work Mr. Askin enjoys coaching Little League Baseball and riding his motorcycle. He is married and has two sons.
Lourdes Cases | ACCESS, Job Coach
My name is Lourdes Cases. I am a Job Coach in the ACCESS Program. I was born and raised in New York. I began my work career in New York at Chemical Bank, in the division of Letter of Credit Department, where I was employed for 6 years. I worked for Public School 153 for 1 year as a bilingual translator for deaf students. I was then transferred to Harry S. Truman High School where I worked for a period of 4 years in the Deaf Program. I moved to Florida in 1994 and began to work for Broward County Public Schools. I worked at South Plantation High School as a teacher assistant for deaf students for 4 years. I worked at the Schott Community Center as an assistant to a pastor for 1 year. I missed working with the student population and applied for a job at Sheridan Technical Center where I have been employed for the last 15 years.
Pamela Clairmont | ACCESS, Job Coach
Pamela Clairmont’s career with the Broward County School District began in 1993. She has been a Job Coach in the ACCESS Program at Sheridan Technical Center and North Central Area since 2005 where she provides “On-the-job” training and classroom based training as part of a “Transition Curriculum.” Her experience in this area of education has resulted in the students that she serves obtaining employment and becoming independent adults. Pam’s Job Coaching background prior to joining the STC team, includes working with ESE students in the traditional K-12 Varied Exceptionality setting with students whose disabilities include behavioral deficits, autism, and Down Syndrome. Pam has certifications in Special Needs Appropriate Practices from Nova Southeastern University, Behavioral Observation and Screening from Nova Southeastern University and her Teaching Assistant certification from Sheridan Technical Center. These are among the many certifications and trainings that Pam has completed since becoming employed with Broward Schools more than 20 years ago.
Nicole Elder | ACCESS, ESE Teacher
Nicole Elder is a special education teacher with an expertise in the area of transition-aged students between 18 and 22 years old. She is a mother of five children whose ages range from 6 to 23. When she is able to find the time, she loves gardening and spending time outdoors. Since the time Nicole became employed with Broward County Public Schools 13 years ago, she has worked in and out of the classroom teaching and training staff as an ESE Specialist. Her passion lies with teaching and preparing students with developmental disabilities to enter the world as independent adults. She plans to continue teaching in the classroom because that is where she finds the greatest reward.
JulieAnn Fernandez | ACCESS, Job Coach
Julie Fernandez is a Job Coach in the ACCESS program at Sheridan Technical Center. Ms. Fernandez was born and raised in the Ft. Lauderdale area. She has been working in education since 1990. She earned her A.A. degree in 1996 and started her employment with Broward County Schools in 2001. Julie started her current position as a Job Coach in 2005 and came to Sheridan Technical Center in 2012.
Lucner Nelson | ACCESS, Job Coach
Lucner Nelson B.A., BCABA is a Career Advisor for Sheridan Technical Center. Mr. Nelson graduated with his Bachelor’s degree from the College of Communication at Trinity University. He began working for the Broward County Public School District in 2000. Additionally, Mr. Nelson is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and has been working in a behavior reduction program based on ABA principles. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) employs methods based on scientific principles of behavior to build socially useful repertoires and reduce problematic ones.
Outside of work Mr. Nelson enjoys spending time with his family. He is married and has a daughter and a son.
Career Placement Department
Leslie Curts | Career Placement, Department Chair
Leslie Curts is a Career Placement Facilitator for the Career Placement Program at Sheridan Technical Center. She began her career with the Broward County School Board at Whiddon-Rodgers in 1995 working with at-risk teens. She first moved to Atlantic Technical Center’s ESE Cluster and then later to Sheridan Technical Center to start the Career Placement Program where her passion is transitioning ESE 18-21 year olds from school to work.
Shanti Golden | Career Placement, ESE Teacher
Shanti Golden has been a Career Placement teacher at Sheridan Technical Center since the program’s inception in August, 2005. She helped create the curriculum for 18-21 year-old ESE students to develop the skills necessary to obtain and maintain employment and to transition from school to work, as well as develop the skills necessary to be independent adults. Prior to moving to Florida in 2001, she had been a special educator with more than 21 years of experience with inner-city New York City students. She has served as a full-time resource room teacher to develop reading, writing and math skills for students with special needs. She is experienced in grant writing and program development. She has received grants from the National Endowment of the Arts to introduce underprivileged students to theatre, dance and music, as well as a grant to increase knowledge and proficiency in science and technology among gifted and talented students. In 1997, she received an award for Outstanding Service to the Community, and in 1999, she was Teacher of the Year. She has a BA in English from Brooklyn College and a MA in Special Education from New York University. She holds permanent teaching certifications from New York City for Physically Handicapped/Orthopedic, Health Conservation, and Common Branches and is ESE licensed in Florida. In addition, she had a financial services business with her husband when she first moved to Florida from New York. She loves traveling and has lived in India, Crete, Denmark and Israel with her husband and four children.
Dwayne Jester | Career Placement, Job Placement
Dwayne Jester has been working with children in multiple settings for the past 14 years. Originally, he started working with “at risk” youngsters with the State of Florida Juvenile System, where he worked as a Juvenile Detention Officer for almost 4 years. He took a position with Orange County Public Schools as a Behavior Technician, where he worked with special needs students between the ages 6-12. While working there, he developed a passion to help this population. He later returned home to South Florida where he began working as a Job Coach in Career Placement at Sheridan Technical Center for the past 8 years with young adults, ages 18-22. In this setting, he helps students develop an understanding of the employment process. In addition to training the students on the process of obtaining employment, he provides on-site assistance and maintains on-going contact with employers for as long as needed to ensure the student’s successful performance in the position. Dwayne has also served as the Student Commission Advisor here at Sheridan Technical Center for the past several years, during which time; he has conducted an annual Thanksgiving food drive which benefits less fortunate students here on campus and an annual Christmas toy drive and party for less fortunate children in the community. In addition to the wonderful family he has here at Sheridan, he also has a beautiful wife and 3 beautiful children at home.
Robert Varas | Career Placement, Job Coach
Cori Ball | Career Placement, Job Coach
Cori Ball is a Job Coach in Career Placement. She earned an AA degree in Liberal Studies from Columbia College in Sonora, California. She graduated with a BA in Liberal Studies through California State University, Chico – Online. She specialized in early childhood education and has experience in day care. She has worked with at-risk high school students in an afterschool Art program. She has been in the workforce for more than fifteen years in a variety of fields, including six years of management. She has worked in small, family run businesses, as well as large corporations like Vail Resorts and AFLAC. Her work experience has given her the opportunity to interview, hire, train, and review many employees. This is her first year working with Broward County Public Schools.
On a personal note, Mrs. Ball relocated from South Lake Tahoe, California. However, is originally from New York. She loves cooking and traveling. She is married and has two dogs.