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Mr. John Nevarez


I am John Nevarez the PE teacher at Hillcrest School.  I am of Puerto Rican Heritage born in Fort Hood, Texas. I grew up in several cities in the USA mainly Columbia, SC and New York City, NY. I graduated from Antilles High School in Fort Buchanan, PR and later received my Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville.

I have always been very athletic and grew up playing many different sports. While living in Puerto Rico I had the privilege of representing The Puerto Rico Wrestling Federation in the 135 lb weight class for 2 years and while attending the University of Florida I was a member of the University of Florida Dance Company for a year and a half. 

In August of 1988 I accepted a job as the Head Boys Gymnastics Coach and the Assistant Girls Gymnastics at Rainbow Gymnastics. I commuted at first then fell in love with the scenery that Marion County offered and moved to Ocala in January of 1989. Coaching gymnastics was true JOY! I started substitute teaching to make some extra money and not long after that Hillcrest called me in and I have been here ever since. What a life changer, really! 

I met my wife, Michelle, in January of 1995 and through the years we had 3 Beautiful children. Michelle is a Special Ed. teacher as well, at Fort King Middle School.