Degrees and Certifications:

BA - Harding University, MA - Liberty University, ESOL, ESE K-12, Elementary ED K-6, Middle School Integrated

Mr. James O'Briant

Dear Parents / Guardians, and Students,

My name is Mr. O’Briant. I would like to take this time to introduce myself as one of the ESE teachers at Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks, FL . This is my 12th year of teaching in the Marion County School District. (I transferred in from Brevard County School District) I am very excited at the opportunity to work with your child during this  year.

I have very high expectations for all students in my online classroom and in person. Students will be held accountable for their own assignments. Students are expected to attend to class each day prepared to learn. It is very important to inspire the sense of responsibility in your child for their education. It is my goal to prepare my students to be lifelong learners equipped to handle the challenges of the twenty-first century. This social distancing is a challenge for everyone, especially our Middle school students.

Students will log into Marion County Public School student desktop on the various applications or websites and do assignments as described in the Microsoft TEAMS. Students are to complete the assigned assignments,readings and take the quizzes.

So far -- Schedule online classes.   From MCPS TEAM meets. 

Students are to be ontime, sitting up, camera on- microphone muted with notebook and pen(cil) taking notes.   Expecting to be called on and available through entire class period.  With permission - short restroom break;

O'Briant's ONLINE class schedule.

ELA 6-8th - A day.  11.13-1 PM  Social Studies  6-8th   B day.  11.13-1 PM


Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.   

Raised in British Columbia, Canada and several of the United States.

Married with Grandchildren.  In 15th year teaching Florida Public Schools.  In 12th year at Horizon Academy.  ESE Self Contained - Teach 6th-8th grade multiple subjects.

Certifications include Middle School Integrated, ESOL, ESE K-12, Elementary Education K-6

BA - Harding University, MA - Liberty University, have held Certification as a Board Certified Assistant Behavioral Analyst. -  Florida Institute of Technology.

Teach College Courses at College of Central Florida, and University of Phoenix