School Counselor Students (Sp - Z)

Phone: (813) 744-8120  ext. 239

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Ms. Mary Brown-Joseph

Student Services Department Lead

Ms. Brown-Joseph is a transplant to the Tampa Bay area. Originally from Jamaica, she migrated to the United States in 2001. Prior to moving here, she went to May Pen Infant, May Pen Primary, and Clarendon College to meet her high school diploma requirements. In 1990, she returned to her alma mater Clarendon College in a different capacity, a teacher. While there, she taught English Language and Literature, History, Social Studies and Geography, and prepared students for their high school exit exams in some of those subjects. A decade later, Ms. Brown-Joseph transitioned to lecturer at Church Teachers College, where she was a Language Arts and Education Lecturer. There, she prepared students to be educators. She was also the Commanding Officer for the potential officers of the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force at that college, a position she held while at her previous place of employment.

Ms. Brown-Joseph moved to South Florida 1n 2001, two weeks before September 11. Upon arriving, she immediately continued teaching and joined the faculty at the then Coral Baptist School before moving to public school education when she joined the staff at Boyd Anderson High School as a Language Arts teacher. In the summer of 2008, she moved to Riverview, a then developing suburb of Hillsborough County. She joined the faculty at East Bay High and taught Language Arts until the Reading department was created. While at East Bay High, she was recognized as the Ida Baker recipient for the school among other recognitions. While there, she decided to pursue her passion in counseling as she saw it as a more productive way to help people. She obtained a degree in School Counseling and changed her job title to school counselor and worked at Shields Middle School until her new position at Brandon High School.

Ms. Brown-Joseph has served in numerous roles while at the various educational institutions, too many to name. One of these accomplishments is that of being a district trained master trainer. She has a passion for people and is always eager to assist in any way possible to champion their success.

When she is not at Brandon High School, she spends her time traveling, entertaining, repurposing furniture, and among other activities, enjoying her family. She is the proud mother of two sons, a daughter, and three grandboys. Additionally, she volunteers for charities and her alma mater.

Degrees:  Teaching Diploma: Mico University (Secondary Education – English/History), Bachelor of Education: University of the West Indies (English Language Education minor in Linguistics), Master of Arts: University of South Florida (Counseling Education), 

Certifications:  School Counseling Grades K-12, English 6-12, Reading Endorsement, ESOL Endorsement


School Counselor Students (A - C)

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Ms. Geanita Everett

Mrs.G. Everett  is a Certified Professional School Counselor with over 20 years of experience. She is passionate about helping students reach their full potential and has a proven ability to provide academic and career counseling on a one-on-one and small group basis. She is also skilled at coordinating with parents, staff, and outside agencies to ensure that each child receives the support they truly need.

Mrs. Everett  is an understanding and nonjudgmental person who employs active and effective listening. She makes certain that all students feel like they belong and are part of the community. She is a well-rounded educator with exceptional interpersonal, communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills. She is committed to fostering strong relationships within the school community.
She is always looking for new ways to improve her practice, and she is passionate about helping students succeed. She believes that everyone has the potential to achieve great things, and she is committed to helping students reach their full potential.
 
This is perfectly summed up by the quote, “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Degrees:  Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling - Bowie State University, Bowie, MD, 2006; Bachelor of Science in Health/Physical Education - North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC, 1998;

Certifications:  Professional Certificate Guidance and Counseling

 

 


School Counselor Students (D - I)

Phone: (813) 744-8120  ext. 241

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Ms. Brenda Jackson

I am a dedicated and passionate school counselor with 18 years of experience working in the school system. I received both of my degrees Undergraduate and Graduate from the University of South Florida, Tampa Campus. I am committed to inspiring students to achieve their dreams and post-secondary endeavors. In my spare time, I enjoy attending Broadway musicals, sporting events, sewing, traveling and spending time with friends and family. SOAR, EAGLES, SOAR!!!!

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School Counselor for Students (J - N)

Phone: (813) 744-8120 ext. 237

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Ms. Amy Simmons

 

I was born in Athens, Georgia, where I received a Bachelor's degree in Education. I moved to Florida in 2001 and went to Nova Southeastern University for my Masters Degree in Psychological Studies where I pursued my passion as a school counselor. This is my second year at Brandon High School but I have worked as a counselor for the past 14 years and a teacher for 9 years. I love my job, and I am grateful for the impact I can make on students daily. I am blessed with 2 children. A daughter who is 20 and my son 14. I appreciate everyone I work with and the teamwork that makes all the difference daily.


School Counselor for Students (O - So)

Phone: (813) 744-8120 ext. 238

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Ms. Jennifer Ritz

Hello! I graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2014. After discovering my passion for mentoring and supporting students, I returned to USF to pursue my Master of Arts in Counselor Education, which I earned in May 2022. I completed my internship at Brandon and am excited to stay in the nest for the start of my career.  I strive each day to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. Go Eagles!

 


Student Success Coach

Phone: (813) 744-8120 ext. 242

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Ms. Stephanie Moore


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Community School Resource Teacher

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Ms. Lauren Leto

Lauren Leto is a native of Seffner, FL and is a product of Hillsborough County Public Schools, having graduated from Armwood High School. After graduation, Mrs. Leto attended the University of South Florida where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in 6-12 Social Science Education. 

In 2011, Mrs. Leto started her teaching career at Sickles High School. She taught Psychology 1, Psychology 2, and AP Psychology. At Sickles she was an Assistant Softball coach for the 2012 season. She was the Head Girls Swimming coach for two seasons. In 2013-2014, she was voted by her colleagues as American Conference Swim Coach of the year. 

In 2015, Mrs. Leto transferred to Strawberry Crest High School. She taught a variety of social studies courses at Strawberry Crest including Law Studies, Legal Systems, U.S. Government, elective psychology courses, and AP Psychology. For 6 years, Mrs. Leto sponsored National Honor Society and coordinated thousands of hours of community service and give-back opportunities for non-profits, such as Echo of Brandon, The Spring, Everyday Blessings, and A Kids Place. In 2021, she was voted as Teacher of the Year at Strawberry Crest High School.

Mrs. Leto has been a trainer for Hillsborough County Public Schools, having taught classes in curriculum and teaching techniques for a variety of social studies content. Additionally, she has been a reader for College Board where she has scored thousands of AP Psychology exams. 

Mrs. Leto and her husband have two children that attend Bailey Elementary School. She and her husband coach her daughter’s 8U Softball team. In her spare time, she enjoys watching her son play soccer and listening to his never ending facts about the Marvel Universe. She is a huge NYY baseball fan, loves reading, and enjoys spending time with close family and friends.

DegreesB.S in 6-12 Secondary Education Social Science 

Certifications6-12 Social Science

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School Registrar

Phone: 813 744-8120 Ext: 240

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Ms. Maritza Padilla

 

Ms. Padilla is originally from Puerto Rico where she studied and worked for many years before relocating to Brandon Florida. She enjoys working at Brandon High School with her Guidance coworkers and staff.

Degrees: University of Phoenix, San Juan, P.R. M.B.A. Human Resources Management; Univ. InterAmerican, P.R., Bachelors in Executive Secretarial Science


Student Services Secretary

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School Data Processor

Phone: (813) 744-8120 ext. 245

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Ms. Angela Stevens


School Social Worker

Phone: 813-744-8120 ext 243

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Ms. Wanda Jackson

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School Social Worker

Phone: 813-744-8120 ext 273

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Ms. Charlotte Grant

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School Psychologist

Phone: 813-744-8120 ext. 279

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Mr. Julius Denson

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