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Dr. Harriet Rice

Dr. Harriet Rice teaches English III to Juniors and English IV to Seniors. Also, she is a professor for Florida SouthWestern State College and Clewiston High School’s Collegiate Academy. Dr. Rice sponsors the senior class. Dr. Rice is a product of Clewiston High School and earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English with the emphasis in Creative Writing from Florida State University. Dr. Rice earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of South Carolina. She is a proud mother to two beautiful daughters and two grandsons.

Dr. Rice’s teaching philosophy is: "Scholars learn best by doing. When scholars complain about having work to do EVERYDAY, I smile."

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Mrs. Veronica Roquett

Mrs. Veronica Roquett teaches AP Seminar and serves as an instructional coach at Clewiston High School.  Mrs. Roquett earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the Florida International and her Masters of Education in Reading from the Florida Gulf Coast University. Mr. and Mrs. Roquett enjoy being part of the close knit community of Clewiston. Mrs. Roquett is a proud mother of one.


Mrs. Roquett’s teaching philosophy is The ultimate objective is for scholars to become more effective communicators and thinkers.  My job is to teach them and show them how to achieve this objective.  I want scholars to understand literacy as an exploration of language instead of practicing grammar rules and memorizing the events and characters of the stories they read.  The real world demands that they be skilled in interpreting someone’s message and/or expression as well as being able to craft their own.  A scholar’s first task is to find meaning in what he/she reads and in writing or creating something meaningful when presented with a purpose.  Scholars should come to understand that the more they read and the more vocabulary they acquire, the greater background they will have with which to shape and refine their message, albeit creative or nonfiction.  When scholars become better readers and better thinkers they will, in effect, better understand the world and their role in it.  Horace Mann said that “Language is not merely a necessary instrument of civilization, past or present, but it is an indispensable condition of our existence as rational beings” (Cremin, 1957, p.35).  I would argue that the word language can be replaced with the word literacy in describing its importance in becoming active and productive members of society.

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Mrs. Alison Sanchez

Mrs. Alison Sanchez teaches English IV, as well as our Journalism/Yearbook class this year. She is our coordinator for Poetry out Loud and Reading & Literacy. Mrs. Sanchez is a product of Clewiston High School. She earned her Bachelor of Science in English Education from Florida State University. She is married to Mr. Pablo Sanchez and has two children.

Mrs. Sanchez’s teaching philosophy is "You Must Be Present To Win!"

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Mr. Phillip Schneider

Mr. Schneider teaches English III to the juniors at Clewiston High School. Originally from New Jersey, Mr. Schneider attended Rutgers University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. This is his second year teaching in Hendry County, and he is very excited for this year with the scholars of Clewiston High School.

 

Mr. Schneider's teaching philosophy: “All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.” -Aristotle

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Mrs. Lauren Naylor

Ms. Lauren Naylor teaches English to Sophomores and she also teaches Theater. She is a product of Clewiston High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Florida State University in 2017. Ms. Naylor sponsors the Sophomore class and Debate club. She is the proud mother of two sons. She loves traveling, being creative, and reading great books.


Mrs. Naylor's teaching philosophy is “We rise by lifting each other.”

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Ms. Lauren Kinard

Ms. Lauren Kinard teaches AP English Language & Composition and English 2. She grew up in New Jersey and worked in Human Resources in NJ/NYC for 4 years before moving to Florida to teach for Hendry County Schools. Ms. Kinard earned her Bachelor of Arts in English, with a minor in mathematics, from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She loves going to the beach and reading new books.

 

Ms. Kinard’s teaching philosophy is "Bring your own sunshine wherever you go. Pick a good mood and make the best out of any situation."

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Mr. Jay Similien

Mr. Jay Similien teaches English Ivto our Clewiston High School’s Freshmen. He is a proud product of Clewiston High School (c/o 2007). Mr. Simlien is the Head Boys Track & Field coach. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English Language Arts Education from the University of Central Florida which he is a proud alumnus of #KnightNation. His hobbies include spending time with his family, cooking, fishing, and any outdoor activities. Mr. Similien is the proud father of one amazing son.


Mr. Similien’s teaching philosophy is "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same."

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Ms. Valeria Cerda

Hello, my name is Valeria Cerda! I graduated from CHS before going to the University of Miami and earning a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies with a minor in Psychology. I enjoy watching movies, reading and lazy days. I also am a fan of Marvel and Disney.

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Mr. Miguel Perera

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Mr. Samuel Thomas

Mr. Thomas is a graduate of Moore Haven Jr. Sr. High School and will be teaching Reading I and Reading II.  Mr. Thomas is a retired United States Navy Senior Chief; he is also an alumni of The Naval War College’s Senior Enlisted Academy.  Mr. Thomas earned his Bachelor of Arts in English while attending American Military University. He is very excited to be a part of CHS this year.