How to Apply

For information regarding the Career Academy application process for the 2021-22 school year, please follow directions in the  Career & Technical Education (CTE) of St. Johns County guidelines.  Registration for the 2020-21 school year has closed.


More Information

Detailed information on all St. Johns County Career Academies and Programs of Choice is available on the CTE of St. Johns County website.

Overview

Aerospace Program of Study 20-21

Instructors: Chris Daugherty, Ms. Franseca Ranken

 

Born and raised in a small town in Pennsylvania, Mr. Daugherty is the oldest of 11 children. Upon graduation from high school he enlisted in the United States Navy serving aboard the USS Lexington as an aviation boatswain mate directing aircraft on the flight deck. He received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in 1984, graduating in 1988 with a BS Mathematics. Upon graduation he entered the pilot program and achieved his wings of gold in 1990. Mr. Daugherty spent 32 years in the United States Navy retiring in 2012. He deployed with various squadrons in support of military operations around the world and spent years on staff in Washington, D.C. and within the European theatre. In addition to a military career, Mr. Daugherty has been involved in the financial industry and automotive industry in both sales and managerial positions. He transitioned to the education in 2018 accepting his current position as an instructor with the Saint Johns County Aerospace Academy.

Program Overview Video

Instructors: Mr. Michael Beaman, Mr. Trey Brewer, Mr. Jeff Dodd, Ms. Alex McKean, Mr. Jonathan Peters, Ms. Kaila Schippani, Ms. Susan Smith

Instructors: First Sergeant Carlton Brown, Colonel James Nelson

First Sergeant Carlton Dale Brown was born in West Palm beach Florida and raised in suburban Atlanta Georgia. During his childhood he spent many long hours and days working his grandmother’s farm land. Working was part of his everyday life and yet he found time to study and finish school. First Sergeant Brown attended Lee County High School where he played basketball and ran track. He graduated in 1978 and went on to attend Atlanta Area Technical College. After a few years at the technical college, First Sergeant Brown decided to join the United States Army where he served as a logistics specialist, military intelligence sergeant, drill sergeant, and recruiting company First Sergeant. After 20 years of military service First Sergeant concluded his time in the army and retired in 2000. In 2001, First Sergeant Brown found employment as a JROTC instructor, Football coach, Basketball coach, and head track coach here at St. Augustine High School where he still serves today. First Sergeant Brown has obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix and is in the process of completing his master’s at the university.

Army Instructor: (Ret.) 1SG Carlton D. Brown

 

Lieutenant Colonel James A. Nelson is a native of Jackson, Minnesota.  He received a commission in the United States Army Reserve from Austin Peay State University in December 1992 graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in History and a minor in Political Science.  Upon entering active duty he attended the Quartermaster Officer Basic Course at Fort Lee, Virginia.  After graduating from the Basic Course he was assigned to his first duty station at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.  LTC Nelson spent the next 21 years serving in several conventional and unconventional forces.  He has deployed several times to both Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom going through over 9 combat deployments most being over 12 months with two being over 16 months holding positions as a Company Commander to Battalion Executive Officer.  He has spent the last 7 years teaching AJROTC in Memphis, TN before moving to St. Augustine, FL.

LTC Nelson’s military education includes the following schools: Quartermaster Officer Basic Course, Combined Logistical Officer Advance Course, the Command and General Staff College, and Joint and Combined Warfighter School.  His awards and decorations include: the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star (3 oak leaf clusters), the Meritorious Service Medal (2 oak leaf clusters), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (3 oak leaf clusters), the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Army Superior Unit Award, the National Defense Service Medal (2 oak leaf clusters), the Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Multinational Force and Observers Medal (2nd award), the Air Assault Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.

LTC Nelson has been married for 20 years to Theresa herself a native of Denver, Colorado.  Together they have three children:  Jordan (daughter age 19), Austin (son age 17), and Olivia (daughter age 11).

 

Teaching Program of Study 20-21

Instructors: Mr. Richard Ranick, Ms. Leea Galloza, Ms. Dempsey Hall

Coming soon!

Ms. Leea Galloza teaches Teaching Academy, level 2, Human Growth and Development. In addition to Teaching Academy, she is also and AICE English Literature instructor. Ms. Galloza graduated from the University of Arizona with a Master’s degree in Education and has been teaching at St. Augustine High School for the past nine years. “I love inspiring our future educators in the Teaching Academy and feel fortunate to work with such an amazing group of students!” She describes her favorite part of her job as “being able to work with our students and knowing that I am making a difference.”
Dempsey Hall in currently in her fifth year of teaching at Saint Augustine High School. Born in Salisbury, Maryland, she attended Flagler College, where she majored in Secondary Education with a concentration in English Language Arts, and earned an ESOL endorsement. She spent her senior internship at Saint Augustine High School, and ultimately accepted English Language Arts teaching position soon after graduation. She has been a proud Yellow Jacket ever since. Ms. Hall serves Saint Augustine High School as a teacher, coach, and club sponsor. She currently teaches 9th grade English and two Teaching Academy courses to junior and senior students through the St. Johns Academy of Future Teachers. She also coaches the girls’ varsity soccer team at Saint Augustine High School and has coached at the school for the past seven years. Ms. Hall is also the club sponsor for the Future Florida Educators of America and serves as a member of the AVID site team. In her spare time, Ms. Hall enjoys traveling, hiking, photography, cooking, and writing. She has visited 12 countries and almost all 50 states! She is currently studying Spanish, learning to bake, and playing with her new camera. Ms. Hall’s favorite part of her job is sharing her passion for literature, watching students grow, and inspiring future teachers.

Law and Homeland Security Program of Study 20-21
Academy Instructors: Lieutenant Harold Rutledge, Martin Westall

Harold Rutledge comes to St. Augustine High School with a combination of 37 years’ experience in criminal justice and education. Harold, a retired Lieutenant, began his career at the age of twenty two as a correctional officer. After several months, he transferred to the patrol division. During his career, Lt. Rutledge worked as a watch commander, school resource officer, hostage negotiator, field training officer, and a traffic homicide investigator, to name a few. He was a certified instructor in hostage negotiations, police radar operator, pepper spray, defensive tactics, firearms, and taught at the First Coast Technical College and the St. Johns River Police Academy.

He began his teaching career as the school resource officer at Clay High School in Green Cove Springs. He was asked to create the criminal justice program for the Academy of Law and Emergency Services and held the first class in 2003. That first class had only 12 students. Lt. Rutledge retired in 2015 from teaching with a robust program of nearly 400 students. In fact, his program was only the second criminal justice program in the nation to receive the prestigious Model Status from the National Career Academy Coalition.

During this same time period, Mr. Rutledge was elected as a County Commissioner for Clay County’s District Five. He served as the chairman of the Parks and Recreation Committee, the chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee and Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners. During his time as a commissioner, he reduced property taxes by more than 20 percent while, funded needed road projects, a new Emergency Operations Center, and preserved the 150 acre Camp Chowenwaw Girl Scout camp as a Florida Forever park so generations to come can enjoy Clay County’s hidden treasure.

Lt. Rutledge holds advanced degrees in Criminal Justice, an Associate in Arts Degree from St. Johns River State College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of North Florida, and a Master’s Degree in Business from Ashford University. Education is something he strongly believes in and is one of a few things someone cannot take from you.

Harold and his wife have been married for more than 25 years and have four children. Three of his four children have either graduated or are currently attending the criminal justice program he built at Clay High School.

After retirement, Lt. Rutledge was asked to help start the criminal justice program at St. Augustine High School with the Academy of Law and Homeland Security. After the program got off to a rocky start, Harold was asked to join St. Augustine High School and teach the program. He left retirement and the golf course and has taken the program from 60 to nearly 200 students in just three years. This second program he has built offers the students a chance to earn 6 high school credit towards graduation, leave high school with the Police Service Aide (P.S.A.) certification, Florida Class D security guard license, and the 911 Telecommunicator license from the Florida Department of Health. These certifications and licenses allow a high school student to graduate and enter the workforce full or part-time.

Martin Westall is an Instructor at St. Augustine High School in the Academy of Law and Homeland Security. He is a Veteran of local Law Enforcement, having served with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, and City of Green Cove Springs Police Department. While with the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office, he also served on the Honor Guard for the department, playing TAPS, at several funerals for Fallen Officers, Dignitaries, and was requested to play for Police Memorial Day in Tallahassee at the State Capitol. He took pride in serving the communities that he worked in and solved many cases. As a Rookie Officer, he was awarded the Prestigious “Officer of the Year” award for his prowess in solving several school burglaries, resulting in multiple arrests and convictions. His love for the job and his attentiveness to his students, shines thru every day. He brings his experience in Law Enforcement, and knowledge of Florida Laws, as well as diversity and cultural changes from those departments to the classroom. He believes that while Patrol is the backbone of any department, teaching this environment to high school students is vital to their future vocational lives after graduation. Mr. Westall has three grown children and 1 grandson. His hobbies include horseback riding (owned a farm), going to the shooting range, riding on the beach and trails in a Jeep, mountain trips, and photography. He enjoys playing Santa Claus during Christmas season. He inspires students with two favorite quotes: “We are constantly learning, even at my age!”, and “The FBI calls that a clue!”