Phone: (352) 671-6290
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts in History; Teaching Certificates in: Math (grades 6-8), Social Studies (6-12), and Middle Grades Integrated (all Middle School academic subjects).
Mr. John Quiñones
Born to Puerto Rican immigrant parents in New York City, most of my students call me "Mr.Q". I attended Stuyvesant High School (in NYC), New York University, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico and finally St. John's University (New York) where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. In addition I've done some Graduate school work at the University of Phoenix and New Brunswick Theological Seminary.
I have taught Social Studies, English, Life Science and Math at schools in Puerto Rico (10 years), New York (4 years), and Florida (18 years) for a total of 32 years teaching! The Florida schools were Dunnellon Middle, The Villages Charter Middle School, Dunnellon High School and Horizon Academy (5 years). I was a Golden Apple recipient in 2002 (Social Studies) and Florida Excellence in Education Award winner (High School Math) in 2009.
Many people know that I've been a resident of Marion Oaks for the past 18 years along with my wife of 32 years, Millie, and my daughters Ileana (31 yrs. old), Vanessa (28 years old) and adoptive daughter Natascha (25 years old). In addition to teaching I also serve as a pastor of a local church for the past 11 years.
Favorites: The Big Three - "Chocolate, Cheese and Coffee" as well as books (my home is full of books). I also like...chocolate...travel...chocolate... looking for cheap books at yard sales & thrift shops, and...oh yes: CHOCOLATE! I love watching my daughters perform drama and music at the local college, Ocala Civic Theatre, and lead worship in church. I also love helping immigrant students and their families. I have a goal to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle this year (with the exception of chocolate, of course). Lately, my favorite color is purple because I sponsor the school RELAY FOR LIFE team. I also love that we are starting the school's first DRAMA CLUB this year.
1-Increase HAMO students' Standardized Test scores.
2-Train students to use technology.
3-Encourage students to be avid readers.
4-Motivate students to seek higher education in the future.
5-Develop students' critical writing skills.
6-PASS Social Studies Final Exams and do well on the FSA MATH & ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS!!!