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Mrs. Judy Bright – Science
Judy was born and raised on a farm in Reading, Pennsylvania, the heart of the Pennsylvania Dutch culture. Her childhood revolved around animals and the environment. Many of her fondest memories were helping her father and grandfather in their veterinary medicine practice. Because of her exposure to nature and the environment, Judy pursued a Bachelor of Science degree from Hood College Frederick, Maryland. Before children, Judy worked in nutrition and life counseling through the office of Aging. She also worked for numerous years directly with trauma patients in a rehabilitation hospital. Once her children arrived, Judy changed her focus to family. During this time period, Judy volunteered in organizations that worked harmoniously with her family’s needs such as tutoring, PTSA, sports council board, Christian education committee chair, and so forth. In 1997, the Bright Clan, Judy, Steve, Justin, Ashley, Matthew and Kevin, left the rural environment of Pennsylvania and moved to Central Florida to enjoy the everlasting sunshine. After the move to Florida, Judy and her husband Steve developed and directed a business centered on the environment. Missing mentoring and coaching others, Judy pursued her two joys, science and helping others achieve their goals. In 2006, Judy joined the CFP family. She continued to expand her horizons through the Educators Professional Institute. Judy teachers a diversity of sciences. Judy is trained and certified through PLTW in the Biomedical Sciences. She also holds certifications in food safety: Serv Safe and HACCP. Judy maintains a strong interest in learning about the new food act called FSMA; this new law is the first initiated in almost 70 years. As one of the many responsibilities as science coordinator Judy organizes and runs CFP’s science fair. Judy is a board member for the Dr. Nelson Ying Orange County Science Exposition. She is an active part of the team for Florida’s SSEF. Her professional memberships include the National Environmental Health Association and the National Science Teacher’s Association. Judy enjoys sharing the excitement and application of the sciences while she is able to nurture and enlighten her students. After all, we are all scientists! Education is very important to Mrs. Bright.

Ms. Dawn John – Mathematics
Dawn is a native of St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast and sports fan who came to the U.S. mainland to earn her BS in mathematics from Alabama State University with a minor in computer science. Dawn began her teaching career at Montgomery Catholic High School in 2002, and joined the CFP family as a mathematics teacher in 2015.

Mrs. Claudia Lefkowitz – Language Arts
Although a native Floridian, Claudia was raised in Dayton, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Dayton in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a double minor in English and Philosophy. She has taken continuing education classes in Secondary English at Seminole Community College and Florida Southern College, and has taught in Ohio, Massachusetts and Florida. Since moving to Florida in 1972, Claudia has spent most of her time and energy raising her three children, two sons and a daughter, all of whom are now grown. She joined the CFP family in 1997 and has enjoyed teaching English, American History, Speech and Contemporary Literature. In 2000, she added Yearbook advisor to her list. Claudia’s hobbies include fitness, travel, music, theater, reading and writing. When asked what she would do if she won the lottery, she confided that her dream would be to take a year off and move to a small village somewhere in France, perhaps to teach English in a French school (of course, she would have to buy a ticket first!).

Mr. Bill Orris – History
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