The State of Florida requires that every teacher hold a valid Florida certification in the subject that he or she is teaching. All teachers at Hope Charter School and Legacy Charter High School are fully certified.
However, there are additional requirements that have been implemented within the last several years. One specific requirement is that all teachers must be ESOL certified (English Speakers of Other Languages). Non-elementary and non-Language Arts teachers are required to take one course. Elementary and Language Arts teachers are required to take 6 courses. The state allows them to take the 6 courses over a 5-year period. Until recently, a teacher was considered in compliance, or in-field, as long as he or she was enrolled in the necessary course or courses to meet the additional requirements. A recent change in statutes has been made that requires teachers to be listed as "out-of-field" until all course work has been completed, even if he or she is currently enrolled in the necessary course or courses. Even though a letter is sent home each year to parents of those teachers considered out-of-field, a more recent change in statute requires schools to post those teachers on their web sites. Below is a listing of the teachers at Hope Charter School and Legacy Charter High School whom the state considers out-of-field, and the areas in which they are considered out-of-field:
Bette Barkley, ESE; Jason Bass, ESOL; Crystal Costa, ESOL; Terrie England, Math C/ESE; Lindsey Glinski, ESOL; Amy Kish, ESOL; Heather Neuman, ESOL; Matthew Post, Health K-12; Betsy Quain, ESE; Josh Watson, ESOL.