Mr. William A Bright (Andy)

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Mr. William A Bright (Andy)

                                               

I have been teaching classes at Vanguard High School for 11 years serving recently as a Language Arts teacher and an ESE teacher who has taught varying exceptionalities to include emotionally and behaviorally disabilities, specific learning disabilities, and children with severe cognitive disabilities. He came to Marion County after serving 10 years in the United States Navy, where he performed duties as an electrician and a weather forecaster. Once moving to Ocala, he worked at the Juvenile Detention Center as a discipline officer and at Osceola Middle School as a mentor before taking a teaching position at Vanguard.

     Awards and recognitions he received during his career include a Navy Achievement medal for his services in the Mediterranean theatre, a Letter of Commendation from the Captain of the U.S.S. Cape St. George for services while operating in the Baltic Sea as head Weather Forecaster as well as a Letter of Commendation while at Royal Air force Brawdy Wales, for serving as an electrician working on underwater surveillance systems. He graduated from Barry University in 2007 with a GPA of 3.83 earning him Summa Cum Laude honors in ESE Education. He has earned both English language learners and his reading endorsement.

     William Bright is a product of Desert High School in Edwards California, graduating in 1984. He received his degree from Barry University in 2005 after leaving the military.

     William has been part of the Vanguard High School family since 2005. He has been married to his wife Melissa for 22 years. They have 2 children. Thomas, a student at the College of Central Florida in Ocala, and Daniel, an 11th grader at VHS. He has lived overseas for 18 years primarily in Europe. He was able to visit West Berlin before the wall fell and had the privilege of visiting with the Americans that were held hostage by the Iranian government before they returned home in 1981.