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Meet the Teachers

Mrs. Petronella

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Mrs. Petronella

Kimberly Petronella graduated from Florida State University in 2002 with a degree in English/English Education.  In that same year, she started teaching English at Space Coast.  She teaches 7th grade VAP Language Arts, 8th grade VAP Language Arts, 9th grade VAP Pre-AP English, and 8th grade Language Arts Advanced.  She is also a certified ESOL and Gifted teacher.  She has been part of the VAP program since its inception in 2010.  Mrs. Petronella loves working with gifted and talented children, and finds it a privilege to teach them as a whole group in the VAP program.  She believes students will work to their full potential when given opportunities to be creative and to express themselves in their own unique ways.  She believes in fostering a positive classroom environment where students truly enjoy learning. 

Mrs. Hanson

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Mrs. Hanson

Mrs. Hanson attended the University of North Florida, where she graduated with her Secondary English Education degree. She has been a teacher at Space Coast since 2003. Mrs. Hanson has additional certifications in Gifted Education and is working on her Computer Science certification.  She teaches 7th grade VAP Civics, 8th grade VAP US History, and AP Computer Science Principles. Mrs. Hanson has been a part of the VAP program since its inception. In addition, she has coached middle school track for six years at Space Coast Jr/Sr High School. She also enjoys attending games, performances, or matches in order to cheer on her students in their extracurricular interests. Mrs. Hanson wants all of her students to be life-long learners. Her goal is to empower her students to think for themselves, problem solve, and develop grit. All of these things are necessary to accomplish tasks both in education and in the workforce.

Mrs. Johnson

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Mrs. Johnson

Kendra “Kricket” Johnson has been teaching at Space Coast for three years.   She LOVES being able to teach abstract mathematical concepts. She previously spent 10 years at Challenger 7 Elementary, where she was able to teach foundational level mathematical concepts. Students are now using these foundation concepts to build upon and transfer their thinking to the abstract concepts in higher-level math classes. Mrs. Johnson graduated from University of West Florida and holds degrees in Math Education, Elementary Education, and Exceptional Education.  She also has her Reading Endorsement and ESOL certification. She lives, worships, plays, works, and own a business in PSJ. She absolutely loves this community!  Her children have all grown up in PSJ schools.  She is proud to be a VIPER!  Mrs. Johnson’s vision for each student at Space Coast is to learn to LOVE the art of problem solving, which she chooses to practice with math. She looks forward to working with both her parents and students at Space Coast to help them to develop the skills to be productive, effective lifelong contributors in whatever job field they choose.

Mrs. Dauphinee

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Mrs. Dauphinee

Mrs. Dauphinee graduated from the University of Central Florida with her degree in Biology Education in 2008 and has worked at Space Coast Jr/Sr HS ever since.  She currently teaches 7th grade VAP Comprehensive Science II, 8th Grade VAP Comprehensive Science III, Pre-AP Biology (9th VAP), Biology I, and Anatomy & Physiology Honors.  She is certified in Advanced Placement Biology and is working towards her Gifted Certification.  Mrs. Dauphinee believes that the more we know about the world around us, the more fascinating it becomes. (That’s why she pokes dead things with sticks!)  She strives to provide an engaging and fun learning environment that will rouse student curiosity and encourage students to ask meaningful questions about their world that will ultimately lead to scientifically literate citizens and possibly even a future career in a field of science. Mrs. Dauphinee believes that all students, especially the gifted and talented children of the VAP program, hold the potential to become leaders of tomorrow, and she feels that it is her responsibility to make sure that they are prepared for it.

 

Mr. Marcus Mayntz

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Mr. Marcus Mayntz

Known across campus for his quick wit, epic mustache, and test chicken, Marcus Mayntz is the Upper Grades VAP Coordinator.

Mr. Mayntz graduated from Rockledge High School in 1994 and Florida Tech in 1998 with a degree in Physics Education. He has taught in Jacksonville, Florida as well as Provo, Utah before returning home to Space Coast in 2016. He has taught every level of Physics, including Honors, AP, IB, and even dual language classes in Spanish. In addition to Physics, he has taught math classes ranging from Algebra I all the way to Calculus 2, as well as Astronomy Honors-an appropriate class for a school located on the "Space Coast." As the Science Department Chairperson, Mr. Mayntz is responsible for making sure that all students receive the best possible science education possible and is exceptionally proud of the people that work with him. When not teaching, Mr. Mayntz enjoys attending events at SC to see his students perform whether it is athletically, musically, or dramatically. He enjoys building models, reading science fiction and fantasy books, and enjoying the beach. He has been married to his college sweetheart for over 20 years and lives in "downtown" Port St. John. Mr. Mayntz holds all of his students to the highest possible standards and believes in the inherent value of education. It is his mission as VAP coordinator to get his students prepared for the rigor expected and self reliance needed to succeed in a university setting.

Mrs. Angela Leeds

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Mrs. Angela Leeds

Mrs. Leeds has been teaching English to Space Coast students for over 21 years. Although she originally graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in journalism, specializing in advertising and public relations, she soon realized that the call to teach was too strong. She headed back to college and then back to the classroom.

During the school day, Mrs. Leeds can be found greeting students at the door of Room 504 or reminding them that “we have so much to do and not enough time to do it” as the lessons progress inside. Although she “never jokes about literature,” she quite often makes jokes about literature. “Being a teacher in the same community for over two decades has been one of my biggest blessings,” said Mrs. Leeds. “I get to see young adults light up at learning new material, reaching new goals, and then eventually having their own children start school.”

Mr. Gregory Bachman

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Mr. Gregory Bachman

Greg Bachman graduated from Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing in 2012 and is currently in school to achieve a Master’s in Education Leadership. He began teaching at Space Coast in the fall of 2015 teaching 7th grade Civics and 8th Grade US History. Entering his first year in the VAP program, he will be teaching 9th grade World History. He is also a certified Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teacher. He believes that for his students to have an impact on society, they must understand our past to create a better future.

Mrs. Teresa Hessler

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Mrs. Teresa Hessler

Mrs. Hessler graduated from the University of Central Florida with her degree in Biology Education. She has been a Brevard County Educator for thirty years. She spent the first twenty – five years of her career teaching in high – school mathematics, adult education, and drop – out prevention. This period of her career is very close to her heart and she attributes much of her professional growth and love of her career to the students she was privileged to meet and educate during this time.

For the past few years, Mrs. Hessler has taught middle school science and is enjoying every minute of it! She has found her “niche” (hint – science term) and hopes she can help her students along the path to finding theirs. In addition to being a teacher, she is also a mother to three awesome kids and a grandmother to an adorable little boy. Mrs. Hessler is married to her colleague, Wayne Hessler, who teaches history and Law Studies at Space Coast.

Mr. Brian Conti

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Mr. Brian Conti

Bryan Conti graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Education in Social Sciences.  He has been teaching for 25 years and has taught grade levels 7-12.  He currently teaches 7th grade Civics and    8th grade VAP U.S. History.  Mr. Conti loves teaching and working with children. His teaching philosophy is simple: be firm, fair, and friendly, do what is good for kids, and do what makes sense.  He also promotes an energetic learning environment that is fun and positive. 


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