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Middle School Education Staff
Tammy Rush
Supervisor, Middle School Mathematics
Tammy Rush graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1989 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Education.  Then, while teaching in Hillsborough County Public Schools, she attended National-Louis University and received her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Interdisciplinary Studies.  She has held many positions in the school district as a mathematics instructor at the middle and high school levels, a mathematics department head and subject area leader, district level trainer for mathematics instruction and has served as a mentor for new and experienced mathematics teachers as well as those seeking alternative certification. In addition, she led and coached Math League and Math Counts teams at school sites.  She was named Teacher of the Year at Dowdell Middle School while teaching there in 1995. In addition, she served four years as a supervisor in Professional Development working with K-12 teachers and administrators in training related to pedagogy.

Professional contributions include serving as the live On-Air Talent for the “Math Homework Hotline” television show in collaboration with Hillsborough County Public Schools and broadcast on the Tampa Bay Education Channel.    Additionally, she served as a contributor to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, “Empowering the Mentor of the Beginning Mathematics Teacher” resource book and has been a program advisor and reviewer for textbook publishing companies.  In collaboration with the University of South Florida, she is involved with multiple mathematics and Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) projects related to teacher growth and developing new teachers to enter the field of mathematics education.

Pam Caffery
Supervisor, Middle School Science

Martha Ford, Ph.D.
Supervisor, Middle School Social Studies

Martha Ford earned her Ph.D. in Social Science Education at University of South Florida.  She also earned a Master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Leadership Certificate from USF. Her undergraduate preparation included Social Science Education and Political Science at USF and University of Delaware.

She taught Geography, U.S. History, Spanish and ESOL at Oak Grove Junior High and Monroe Middle School. She spent two years as Curriculum Integration Specialist at B.T.Washington Middle School for International Studies before becoming Social Studies Supervisor for middle schools in October 2000.

Having been raised overseas, she has a strong interest in ensuring that the middle school Social Studies program prepares students to be effective citizens who not only contribute to our nation, but who can also function successfully in the global arena. Toward that end, her goal is that reading and other essential skills be reinforced throughout the study of vital, current and relevant content.

"Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource." ---John F. Kennedy

Mary Navarre
Supervisor, Middle School Language Arts

Mary Navarre started her educational career at Walker Middle School teaching 6th grade Reading and Language Arts.  In August of 2002, she opened Martinez Middle School in Lutz, Florida, where she served as the Subject Area Leader for six years before moving to Smith Middle School in 2008.   Mary spent her final year in the classroom at Coleman Middle School where she taught 7th grade.  In addition to her role in the classroom, Mary has also worked with Professional Development conducting district workshops for Language Arts teachers, as well as creating and implementing curriculum-based training courses.

Mary is the product of Hillsborough County Public Schools, graduating from Jefferson High School in 1993.  She holds a Master's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Florida, and is certified in English, grades 5-9.  She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and Council of Language Arts Supervisors (CLAS).

Steve Vanoer
Physical Education and Health

Steve Vanoer received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga in 1980. Following graduation, he taught physical education and coached football and track in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. In 1983 Steve graduated from East Carolina University with a Masters Degree in Educational Administration and was appointed to the position of Assistant Principal at Roanoke Rapids High School.
Steve relocated to Tampa, Florida in 1988 and began teaching elementary physical education. While teaching elementary physical education at Robles Elementary School and Lowry Elementary School, Steve became a member of the Elementary Physical Education Curriculum Team. As a member of the curriculum team, Steve taught instructional staff development courses in physical education curriculum. He also assisted in writing the Elementary Physical Education Curriculum Document and the Basic Stuff Series Lessons Plans for the School District of Hillsborough County.
Steve was an Administrative Resource Teacher and Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Westchase Elementary School prior to being appointed to the position of K-12 Supervisor of Physical Education and Health for the School District of Hillsborough County.

Christine Van Brunt
Supervisor, Media Services

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Steve Newhouse
District Resource Teacher, Technology

Steve Newhouse graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts Education, and from the University of South Florida with a Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction, specializing in Instructional Computing. Prior to moving to Hillsborough County, he taught at Mebane Middle School in Alachua County for 3 years. He taught for 9 years at Van Buren Jr. High School, and 3 years at Wilson Middle School. Steve worked for one year as an original member of the Florida DOE "Tech Team" serving 20 counties. As a member of that team he trained teachers to use laserdisc players with computers and multimedia software. He has served Hillsborough County as a Teacher on Special Assignment and now as an Administrative Resource Teacher for Instructional Technology for Middle School Education for several years.

Ted Hope
Supervisor, Music Education

Ted M. Hope taught high school school music in Tampa, Florida from 1984 to 2004. Mr. Hope served as Director of Bands at Hillsborough High School for three years and served in the same capacity at Bloomingdale High School for seventeen years. In the spring of 2004, he was appointed Supervisor of Middle/Secondary Music for the School District of Hillsborough County. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Florida State University and Masters of Music Education and Specialist in Education Leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is a member of the Florida Bandmasters Association, where he served as chairperson and secretary. Mr. Hope is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, Hillsborough County Music Council, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the Bay Area Saxophone Quartet. Mr. Hope is an active clinician in the marching band, jazz ensemble, and concert band fields.

Last Modified: Mar 28, 2014