Welcome to Space Coast Junior/Senior High

Senior

Vision/Mission

  • MISSION STATEMENT 

    A non-traditional, rigorous, real-world core curriculum focused on the development of 21st century skills delivered through an individualized, project-based instructional model that prepares students for industry or college readiness.

    OUR GOAL

    Challenging students to succeed in a hands-on, non-traditional instructional setting. No academic criteria will be required, but a passion and desire for learning will be sought for entry into LAUNCH.

     

Launch Institute Advisory Council

  • Launch Institute Advisory Council (LIAC)

     

    County Commissioner Rita Pritchett

    North Brevard Economic Development Zone Executive Director Troy Post

    Greater Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marcia Gaedke

    Harry T and Harriet V. Moore Cultural Complex Director Sonya Mallard

    Career and Technical Education Teacher Candice Harlan

    Student Advisory Council Members

     

     

     

     



Launch Institute Teachers

Mr. Matthew Barringer - Academy Director and Launch Social Studies Teacher

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Mr. Matthew Barringer - Academy Director and Launch Social Studies Teacher

   Mr. Barringer’s commitment to education has led him to complete his bachelorette in legal studies from the University of Central Florida and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. Additionally, to better serve the community, he recognized the need to assist veterans within the community seeking higher education. Shortly thereafter he became a founding member of the Collegiate Veterans Society an organization focused on helping Veterans achieve success through higher education. In his current role, Matt Barringer serves as the Academies Director for Space Coast Jr./Sr High School as well as the Director for the Launch Institute.

Ms. Jessica Mounts - Launch English Teacher and Yearbook Advisor

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Ms. Jessica Mounts - Launch English Teacher and Yearbook Advisor

Ms Mounts graduated from Flagler College in 2011 and was awarded her Bachelor’s degree in History. She then attend The University of Stirling in Scotland and graduated in 2013 with her Master’s in Historical Research. Ms. Mounts started her teaching career in 2014 and has taught a plethora of subjects and courses. She currently teaches project based learning in a co-curricular environment for our 9th grade LAUNCH students. Ms. Mounts is in charge of the AP Capstone Program: Seminar and Research and the yearbook program. She likes to push herself to go above and beyond in the classroom because she wants to see every student achieve their goals by the end of their time at Space Coast.

Ms. Chrisa Aker - Launch Math Teacher

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Ms. Chrisa Aker - Launch Math Teacher

Ms. Aker graduated from the University of South Carolina (go Gamecocks!) with High Honors in 2000. After completing her B.S. degree in Business, she lived and studied abroad, spending time in France, Germany, and Switzerland.  Living and working abroad was an invaluable experience that has influenced her appreciation of cultures, languages, and cuisines J.  She then attained her Master’s Degree in Psychology with a 3.97 GPA in 2011.  Ms Aker began teaching in Brevard County in 2008.

Ms. Aker is a huge proponent of Differentiating Instruction, and creating fun and engaging lessons that match the various learning styles of the individual learner. She prefers non-traditional teaching strategies that include student-centered activities and project-based learning that allow students to make real life connections with math.  Ms Aker believes this enables students to find value in what they are learning and understand “why” it is important to learn math.

Mrs. Wendy Hammoud - Launch Science Teacher and Science/Math Coach

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Mrs. Wendy Hammoud - Launch Science Teacher and Science/Math Coach

Mr. Taylor Hickey - Launch English Teacher

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Mr. Taylor Hickey - Launch English Teacher

Mr. Hickey comes from a family of educators and has always had a passion and love for teaching and reading. His students experience contemporary teaching methods and interactive learning opportunities in his Language Arts classroom. Students reach their full potential as he shares his passion for reading and writing and talking about great literature and current issues. Students grow in their ability to think and apply learning when they explore novels, stories, poems, and current events to their fullest.  He strives to create a relatable, collaborative, and engaging learning  environment to encourage his students to learn literature in new and relevant ways they can apply to their lives in the real world. His goal is for his students to fall in love with literature and become lifelong learners the same way he has.  

Ms. Candice Harlan

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Ms. Candice Harlan

Mrs. Makenna Diesel - Launch Science Teacher

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Mrs. Makenna Diesel - Launch Science Teacher

Hey, I’m Makenna Diesel and I’m a born and raised “Brevard Girl”. I attended Challenger 7 Elementary, Space Coast Middle School, and Titusville High School. I graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2009 with a B.S. in Biological Science Education. During the past 11 years I have taught Biology, Integrated Science, Ecology, Genetics, and Marine Science. This year I’ve started on a new endeavor by joining Space Coast's LAUNCH Institute where I am co-teaching “Biometry”, a combination Biology and Geometry class. I firmly stand behind the quote: “To increase student engagement & ownership of learning, we should give students opportunities to do meaningful work - work that makes a difference locally, nationally, and globally!”

Mrs. Lorie Marshall - Launch English Teacher

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Mrs. Lorie Marshall - Launch English Teacher

Lorie Marshall

Graduated from FSU/Mercer University

Degrees in English Literature and Education

I have been teaching for 16 years

With a focus in middle school language arts and reading

Awarded Teacher of the Year 2015-2016

Mrs. Gina Rossi - Launch Science Teacher

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Mrs. Gina Rossi - Launch Science Teacher

Mr. Brian Conti - Launch Social Studies Teacher

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Mr. Brian Conti - Launch Social Studies Teacher

Mr. Bryan Conti graduated from California University of Pennsylvania where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Education of Social Sciences. He has been a teacher for the past 25 years and is enjoying his first year in the Launch Program.

Mrs. Heather Barringer - Launch Science Teacher

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Mrs. Heather Barringer - Launch Science Teacher

LAUNCH News and Important Dates

Contact Us

  • Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School
    6150 Banyan St.
    Cocoa, FL 32927 

     

    Academy Director

    Matthew Barringer

    barringer.matthew@brevardschools.org

     

     

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