What would a ship be without an experienced crew? Our staff of educators provides the experience and the leadership needed to set this course on sail for success. Get to know our crew of team members who will open the door to endless possibilities in the field or marine science!

 Ms. Olayemi Awofadeju

Principal

Mr. Tim Winburn

My name is Timothy Winburn and I am the Assistant Principal designated to The South Broward High School Marine Maritime Magnet Program. Our program is truly one of a kind. As a member of the magnet program, students will have the opportunity to take part in South Florida’s largest business industry. The Maritime Industry of South Florida produces over $9 Billion dollars annually. The magnet program offers students opportunities to specialize in Marine Biology, Maritime Technology, Outboard Engine Repair, Global Logistics, Geographical Informational Systems (GIS), and Computer Coding. Welcome Aboard!

Mrs. Debra Hixon

My name is Debra Hixon and I am the Marine Magnet Coordinator. I am an alumni of South Broward High School and proud to be working here. I am a graduate of Florida State University; with a degree in Biology and Education. I am a National Board Certified Teacher.   I enjoy being part of the Marine Magnet Program because I am passionate about the ocean and the role humans play in its conservation. I want to be sure my students become informed participants in the management of the ocean; be it as informed voters or as part of a career path. The Maritime Industry is an integral part of South Florida and our goal is to expose our students to all the opportunities available to them in our community!!

Mr. Leonel Jimenez

I was born in Chicago, Illinois and attended and graduated from the University of Central Florida. I majored in Biology with a main focus in Marine Biology. I worked at Seacamp for three years teaching marine biology and have been working at South Broward for the past ten years. Not only am I a teacher here at SBHS, but I am also the boys volleyball coach. Some fun facts about me are: I love the outdoors-camping, scuba diving, fishing, the beach, and playing competitive volleyball.

Mr. Kevin Hagerty

I have been a resident of South Florida for more than 20 years.  I attended the University of Toledo and earned a BBA and Law degree.  I am a retired business professional and decided to become a teacher as a second career. I am certified in math, techology, earth science, environmental and marine science.  I teach Maritime Technology.   As a math, science and technology teacher, my goal is to deliver a curriculum that incorporates math, science and technology in real world marine industry applications.  Students learn about a variety of maritime related skills and careers.  I am also the sponsor of our ROV team.  In my free time I enjoy scuba diving!!

 

 Mrs. Mitzi Plunkett
I am a long time resident of South Florida.I graduated from McArthur High School in Hollywood and attended BCC and FAU where  I earned a degrees in Computer Information Systems and Buiness Admistration. I also attended Superior University of Wisconsin to become certified in Transporation and Logisitcs.  I enjoy teaching the studens in the  Global Logistics Academy as I know it is an up and coming career choice for many of our students.  I am also National Board Certified and an ADOBE Certified Instructor, so students in the program are able to earn ADOBE Certification.  I enjoy planning field trips and engaging activities for my students.

Mr. Joe Kelly

I’m a retired US Army Airborne Ranger and decided to become a teacher as a second career. I hold a Bachelor of Computer Science from Troy State University, a Masters of Business Administration from Columbus State University and a Masters of Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology. I’m a USCG Licensed Captain and enjoy sailing with my family. I am also, a Microsoft Certified Professional and students are able to earn their Microsoft Office Specialist Certification in my class (MS Word, MS PowerPoint and MS Excel). I enjoy teaching in the Marine Magnet Program because I love the ocean and sailing. I hope I make a life long impact with my students and their love for getting on the water.

Megan Kern
Born in Erie, Pennsylvania Meg has extensive, diverse, and international experience as a Lake Erie marine educator aboard the Environaut Research Vessel, ethnobotanical researcher in Manu National Park, Amazonia, Peru, 8+ years as a culinary professional and jump-starting “Edible Schoolgarden and Outdoor Classroom” programs. She obstained her BA in English and Linguistics from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL and continues to work as a science writer conducting professional research and serves as a curriculum consultant for Pennsylvania SeaGrant’s “Project S.T.E.A.R”. Meg completed her Master’s of Secondary Education in Biology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2015. She is committed and passionate towards developing enrichment programs in STEM, developing and renovating curriculum to address diverse learning needs of students, and advancing science education through innovative research and collaborative efforts. Meg’s interests outside of the classroom include assisting Coach Koch with SBHS’s Cross Country Team and Mrs. Hixon with the Shark Club, cooking and gardening, trail running, rock climbing, and cycling.