Late applications Career Academies and Programs of Choice are being accepted through the month of April.
Detailed information on all St. Johns County Career Academies and Programs of Choice is available on the CTE of St. Johns County website.
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Robert Raimann, St. Augustine High School Career Program Specialist
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Instructors: Chris Daugherty, Steven Campos, David Moorefield
Professor David Moorefield, a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, started his aviation career in 1984 as a C-141B and C-5A mechanic in the U.S. Air Force. In 1989, he embarked on his flying career with the U.S. Navy by attending Aviation Officer Candidate School. Upon graduating Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola Fla, he entered Naval flight training earning his wings of Gold on November 15th 1991. Professor Moorefield held various assignments as a Naval Aviator to include instructing in the SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopters and T-34C primary training aircraft. As a primary flight instructor in the T-34C Professor Moorefield instructed all phases of flight to include VFR/IFR flight instruction, Aerobatics as well as Instrument Ground School, Meteorology, and Crew resource Management. His military aviation career spanned 28 years until his retirement from the Navy in 2012.
After retirement, Professor Moorefield continued with his passion of aviation, flying for various EMS helicopter companies flying the Bell 206, Euro copter EC-135 and commercial airlines flying CRJ-700/900 as well as a position with Northrop Grumman as a project manager on the E-2D in St Augustine.
Today Professor Moorefield continues to fly as a flight instructor at Florida Career Aviation Training flight school at St Augustine airport as well as teach at St Augustine High School as an Adjunct Professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Professor Moorefield holds a Master’s Degree from the U.S. Naval War College as well as an Air Transport Pilot License for airplanes and helicopters.
Instructors: Ms. Dempsey Hall, Ms. Frances Wood
Frances Wood moved to Florida after beginning college in Kentucky and completing her English Degree at Jacksonville University. She has been teaching high school English for twenty-one years. Several years ago she retired, but she missed the students too much to stay away. Ms. Wood lives in St. Augustine with her husband. She has two grown daughters, and her favorite pastime is spending time with her husband, her kids, and her dog. This year she is teaching Introduction to the Teaching Profession and AICE Literature. Often asked what her favorite book is, she replies, “The one that I’m currently reading.” You will often see Ms. Wood around campus attending sporting events and any other events in which her students are involved. GO JACKETS !!!
Academy Instructors: Lieutenant Harold Rutledge, Martin Westall
Harold Rutledge comes to St. Augustine High School with a combination of 38 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 27 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.