UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI SCHOOL OF LAW, Coral Gables, FL
Juris Doctor, December 1996
Honors: Phi Delta Phi Honor Fraternity
James Weldon Johnson Institute Fellow
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI SCHOOL OF EDUCATION, Coral Gables, FL
Master of Science in Education May 1992
Honors: TRIP Academic Award Recipient
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL, Chapel Hill, N.C
Bachelor of Arts in English May 1989
Honors/Activities: Academic Excellence Scholarship and Onyx Theatre
Independent Mediator: February 2014- present: Mediated Landlord Tenant matters
Gateway High School, July 2010-present: Exceptional Ed Department Chair
Intellectual Disability Instructor -Responsible for teaching All Access Academics, Life, and Career skills to mildly intellectually disabled young adults.
Founder and Director– Panther Claw’s Unique Boutique: teaching students the nuances of the retail industry, while providing practical work experience.
OCEA Union Building Representative- Advocate on behalf of teachers, review and interpret teacher contracts, act as a liaison between administration and staff. Workplace conflict resolution.
New Beginnings Educational Center, July 2009-July 2010: Language Arts Department Chair
See Language Arts below. Also, provide meaningful and specific accommodation lessons for Exceptional Educational Students and other Alternative/At Risk students.
Osceola High School, Kissimmee, Florida Aug. 2008-June 2009
Language Arts Teacher- Provide curriculum in a meaningful manner to multicultural students
Prepared daily lessons and deliver instruction; maintain/support a classroom environment conducive to learning
Ocoee High School, Ocoee, Florida Jan. 2006- June 2008
Language Arts Teacher- duties and responsibilities, see above Star Award for Students’ Performance
Lake Brantley High School, Altamonte Springs, Florida Feb.2003-June 2005
Language Arts Instructor –duties and responsibilities see above
Recognized for Students’ Improved Learning Gains
Belhaven/Columbia College, Orlando, Florida Oct. 2003- April 2006: June 2008-June 2009
Adjunct Professor– Present basic principles of law that apply to business transactions, ethics & education. Primary emphasis is on the legal and judicial environment of business, its regulatory environment, contracts, employment regulation, business forms, and real property rights. Present instruction designed to aid the development of skills
DeBeaubien, Knight Simmons Mantzaris & Neal. LLP, Orlando, Florida March 2002- Jan.2003
Attorney: -Responsible for consultations in Labor and Employment Law, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Insurance Defense, Immigration, Bankruptcy, Family Law, Property Law, Criminal Law, and General Civil Litigation. Largely responsible for research, review, and analysis of legal issues. Drafted contracts, pleadings and conducted document review for a large client base.
Awarded Customer Preference Awards for Outstanding Service
Law Offices of Bennett H. Brummer, PD – 11th Judicial Cir FL, Miami, FL Aug. 1997-Nov 1999 Special Assistant Public Defender: Developed cases from the initial stages of litigation/trial. Prepared affidavits, motions, and responses to a request for discovery, pre-trial memoranda, settlement agreements, and other legal documents. Interviewed clients. Attended hearings. Propounded and responded to discovery. Interviewed and deposed witnesses. Negotiated pleas. Attended motion and calendar calls. Consulted with social services, investigators and government agencies. Attended post-trial disposition hearings. Litigated Bench & Jury Trials