Mr. James O'Briant



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 eleventh 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 online education time

I have very high expectations for all students in my online classroom. 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 in on the various applications or websites. My ELA Students will be doing what they are familiar with in iReady -45 minutes a week and MYON quizzes. Social Studies class have a varied reading based on the subject they are taking.  Students are to complete the assigned readings and take the quizzes.

After the 1st week, I will be introducing a couple of more websites for some variety and enrichment activities designed for your student’s IEP and interests as relates to course curriculum.  Websites such as

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. My office hours are 12:00-2:30 pm. You will be able to contact me. My phone number 321-806-9871.

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

Married with Grandchildren.  In 14 th year teaching Florida Public Schools.  In 11th 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