The Academy StaffMr. Raymond A JamesProgram DirectorMr. Raymond James started his education as a student of the University of Florida and is a graduate of Western Governors University with a Bachelor in Secondary Mathematics Education. He joined the EMIT department in 2009, bringing with him real world experiences and recognized accomplishments. Before entering the education field, Mr. James spent 13 years in the United States Naval Reserves with the Construction Battalion specializing as a Construction Electrician. This specification focused on power generators, pole and land line construction, and in home power distribution. While in the Naval Reserves, he received awards for his outstanding performances while on active duty. He also worked for a major retailer for 18 years, starting as an hourly associate and worked his way up to a store manager, winning numerous accolades and awards during his tenure. After leaving the retail field.
Mr. James decided to follow his dream and love of working with kids. He started his education career at Howard Middle School and transferred to Forest High School the following year. He has won the Marion County Non-Instructional Employee of the Year and Rookie Teacher of Year for Forest High School award. Mr. James is an instructor of Thinking Mathematics course for Middle School Teachers through the American Federation of Teachers’ Educational Research and Development (ER&D) program. Since entering education field, he has spent his free time coaching boys’ and girls’ basketball, girls’ track & field, and girls’ flag football.Ms. Marcia Flaig, NBCT is a graduate of The Ohio State University.
Ms. Flaig begins her 31st year of teaching and has been at Forest High School since 2004 and starts her 10th year in the EMIT Academy. She has been involved with Marion County Public Schools Power Standards Pilot Program and was on the committee to create FHS's CAT period. She created Girls with Gadgets - a program that encourages young ladies to become more hands-on in the building process. In 2011-2012 school year, Ms. Flaig was named Forest High School Teacher of the Year.Ms. Flaig began her teaching career in Palm Beach County. For six of the thirteen years in South Florida she was the Varsity Debate coach of a nationally ranked team and earned the Diamond Coach award from the National Forensic League. In addition to her teaching and coaching responsibilities, she was also very involved in the school community by Co-Chairing the School Advisory Committee and being the chairperson for the English Department. Her hard work and dedication earned her the Teacher of the Year Award in 2000. After moving to Cincinnati, Ms. Flaig continued her involvement with educational excellence as she was once again English Department Chairperson while earning her Lead Teacher Credentials from the Cincinnati Public School District. While part of the educational community in Cincinnati, Ms. Flaig was invited to join The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (a professional honor society of women educators).
Ms. Vickie Treulieb
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Ms. Vickie Treulieb joins the EMIT program after teaching for 8 years in Marion County. She has taught all grade levels from 6-12th, honors and traditional students. During her teaching career, she created a creative writing and drama program at Howard Middle School where students and their publications won state and national awards. Being a published author, writing is very important to Vickie. She strives to see as many of her students as possible published in an assortment of publications. She created Forest High School’s literary magazine and also has worked with the district on the county literary magazine since its inception. She has been recognized as a Florida High Impact teacher. Currently, she sponsors four clubs at FHS: Theatre, Literary, Academic Team, and the GSA. She looks forward to being a part of the EMIT family and collaborating on real-world applications.Mr. Michael P. Stepp is a graduate of the Marion County School District and Central Florida Community College with an Associate of Science degree in Business Construction Technology. After graduating Mr. Stepp became a State Registered Class A General Contractor in 1983. He later upgraded his license to State Certified Class A General Contractor, building and designing custom homes, additions, renovations, remodeling, and small commercial projects.Mr. Stepp has volunteered with the EMIT FIRST robotics program at Forest High School for the last eight years accumulating over 1500 hours instructing the students. For this commitment, he was awarded the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award for Marion County.In 2017 after over 30 years in the construction industry, Mr. Stepp decided to scale back his construction business and pursue a teaching career, teaching his occupation and skills to the students of the EMIT program.Mr. Earl Wyckoff is a graduate of Towson University of Maryland. He has taught for 28 years in Middle and High School Math. He is joining the EMIT Academy this year, 2016. He is a recognized Florida Macy's School and District Teacher of the Year. He has served as a School Math Department Head, District Coordinator of STEM and Florida Legislative Ombudsman. He has committed his life to education and children. He spends is free time as a Boy Scout leader in Marion County.Mr. Edward Earnest is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Mr. Earnest is joining the EMIT Academy this year, 2016 after working in the Engineering Field for the past 32 years. Mr. Earnest is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Florida.