Bachelor’s degree from dual enrollment from Syracuse University and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry; Master’s degree from Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Doctorate from University of Georgia Institute of Ecology
Dr. Anne Reilly earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Syracuse University and the State University of New York, a Master’s of Science from Yale University and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. An avid science educator, she has experience mentoring students from diverse academic backgrounds. She began her career working at the New York Zoological Society. At Yale, Anne was the recipient of the Madame Schoen-Renee scholarship and after graduation worked as a Research Associate as The New York Botanical Garden conducting research in South America and the Caribbean. At the Institute of Ecology at UGA, Anne received the University Teaching Assistant of The Year Award. She was awarded grants from several organizations including the National Park Service, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, has published several scientific papers, and has been an invited speaker at scientific conferences.
Prior to her service at Oxbridge where she has served as the Academic Dean, Assistant Academic Dean and Interim Assistant Head of School Anne was the Head of School at Juno Beach Preparatory and a biology instructor at Florida Atlantic University.
Our beliefs about what is worth learning are evidenced by our core course requirements in physics, chemistry and biology. These core courses introduce students to knowledge that will provide them with a basic scientific literacy that will allow them to be productive members of society. We believe in an experiential and inquiry-based approach where students can explore all sciences throughout our core and elective courses to foster scientific literacy and proficiency through research and critical discourse. Our elective offerings provide enhanced depth to our core subjects, opportunities to conduct research, and the ability to explore a variety of scientific fields.
DR. ANNE REILLY - SCIENCE DEPt. CHAIR
Dr. Andrew Johnson
Math and Science Teacher
Bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from University of Colorado; Doctorate in applied physics from Colorado School of Mines
Before joining Oxbridge in 2017, Dr. Johnson taught introductory and upper-division physics at the University of New Mexico and at the Florida Atlantic University Honors College. He is trained as a theoretical and computational physicist and has worked in a variety of capacities in academia and industry, including the Los Alamos National Laboratory, NextEra Energy Resources, and the Max Planck Florida Institute.
Math and Science Teacher
Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UCLA; M.B.A. from Pepperdine University at Malibu; Master’s degree in physics education from University of Virginia
Seferino Fierroz worked his way through college as a machinist, and for many years he worked as a systems consultant for Andersen Consulting/Accenture. He has taught a variety of classes in math, physics, and computer science. Seferino has been teaching for 18 years and joined Oxbridge when the school first opened its doors in 2011
BS, Physics, Math Minor - University of Wisconsin La Crosse
MS, Physics - Montana State University
Prior to joining Oxbridge, Mr. Nelson was a research assistant and graduate teacher at Montana State University. Mr. Nelson also spent time teaching at Savannah Country Day School.
Bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, marine biology option from Florida Institute of Technology; Master’s degree in biological sciences, ecology option from Florida Institute of Technology
Before joining the Oxbridge faculty in 2019, Ms. Whitney worked as a field agent for the conservation group, Blue Life Florida, and as an academic instructor at Broadreach LLC, an educational travel program focusing on wildlife and ocean conservation. Ms. Whitney also has been an adjunct lecturer at Eastern Florida State College and done conservation research at the Brevard Zoo.
Tulane University: BS Geology with minor in Biology, BA in German Language and Literature; University of California, Berkeley: Masters in Integrative Biology; California Teaching Credential: Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry.
Mr. Matzen was a Fulbright Fellow in Germany, 2000-2001, focusing on education. A member of the Oxbridge faculty since 2014, he participated in the University of Cambridge Summer Research Programme; serves as the Co-Advisor for the National Honor Society and the Green Club; advises the Strategy Games Club and is the coach of the Oxbridge Brain Bee team. At Oxbridge, Mr. Matzen takes students on many outdoor adventures, such as annual biological sampling at Munyon Island with the FAU Pine Jog Environmental Center; an active paleontological dig at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center in Thermopolis, Wyoming; and taking students on board the ANGARI, a local research vessel, to assist scientists from Florida International University tag and collect data on sharks.
During his free time Ben loves to spend time with his two spirited daughters, play board games, and explore the outdoors.
In 2017, he participated in the University of Cambridge Summer Science Programme.
Teaching has been a part of Ben’s life since his undergraduate studies, where he worked as a science and language tutor for student athletes while studying at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. At Tulane he earned degrees with honors in Geology, Biology, and German Literature. Upon graduating from Tulane, Ben was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to teach English to students in Germany.
Ben came to Oxbridge Academy in 2014 from the Golden State of California, where he and his wife had moved to pursue their graduate studies. His academic focus at the University of California at Berkeley was vertebrate paleontology, combining his passions for both biology and geology. After grad school, Ben worked as an environmental resource manager in the San Francisco Bay Area for several years. As such, he wore the hats of a biologist, geologist, paleontologist, and project manager.
A love for learning is central to Ben’s teaching philosophy and is why he chose to teach full time. He has had the pleasure to teach a variety of life and physical science courses during his career. Ben also enjoys working with students on extracurricular activities. At Oxbridge Academy he serves as the Co-Advisor for the National Honor Society and the Green Club. He also advises the Strategy Games Club and is the coach of the Oxbridge Brain Bee team. While at Oxbridge he has also been able to take students on many outdoor adventures, such as annual biological sampling at Munyon Island with the FAU Pine Jog Environmental Center; an active paleontological dig at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center in Thermopolis, Wyoming; and taking students on board the ANGARI, a local research vessel, to assist scientists from Florida International University tag and collect data on sharks. In 2017 he participated in the University of Cambridge Summer Research Programme. During his free time Ben loves to spend time with his two spirited daughters, play board games, and explore the outdoors.
Bachelor of Science degree in biology from University of St. La Salle in the Philippines.
Before joining Oxbridge in 2021, Ms. Judith taught science to grades five through eight at the IDEAL School in Royal Palm Beach; grades seven and eight at Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach; AP biology at Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School in Dallas; IB science courses at the Independent Schools Foundation Academy in Hong Kong; and various science courses at schools in South Carolina.
- Honors Physics
- Honors Seminar in Physics - Mechanics
- Honors Seminar in Physics - Electricity and Magnetism
- Honors Chemistry
- Honors Seminar in Chemistry
- Honors Biology
- Honors Seminar in Biology
- Plant Biology
- Marine Biology
- Honors Anatomy & Physiology
- Aviation Courses
- Astronomy Courses
- Environmental Field Research
- Artificial Intelligence: Applications, History and Current Issues
The course is focused on physics concepts and methods. Students will be solving problems utilizing the processes of technicians, engineers, and scientists. The students test hypotheses, apply conceptual understanding, conduct experiments, design and modify models, test and assess improvements, and analyze results. The students utilize data acquisition and analysis skills to formulate decisions and draw conclusions. The physics program employs a project-based inquiry approach to learning the concepts and applications of physics.
Honors Physics is a course designed to prepare students for advanced studies in the sciences in a career-related field. A general outline of the topics includes mechanics (kinematics & dynamics), harmonic motion, waves, optics, sound, electricity, and magnetism. Experimental processes will be examined in a more detailed manner. Honors Physics utilizes mathematics, including Algebra II and Trigonometry, on a regular basis and students selecting this course of study must be proficient in an advanced mathematics class.
Honors Seminar in Physics - Mechanics
The curriculum has been developed to cover the material of an introductory college physics course. The study of mechanics includes the description of motion, the analysis of motion using Newton’s laws, and the application of the three major conservation laws to a wide range of systems. Familiarity with differential calculus is assumed, and all the topics studied will make use of this level of math. Calculus is embedded in the second semester topics.
Honors Seminar in Physics - Electricity and Magnetism
The curriculum has been developed to cover the material of an introductory college physics course. The study of electricity and magnetism includes the description of the motion of charges and currents using electric and magnetic fields and potentials. Topics covered include electrostatics, magnetism, electromagnetic induction, and waves. Familiarity with differential and integral calculus is assumed, and all the topics studied will make use of this level of math.
In this course, students use mathematical models to examine the basic principles of composition and interaction of matter: atomic structure, kinetic molecular theory, the mole, stoichiometry, reaction types, equilibrium, chemical kinetics, gas laws, and energy transfers. Teaching strategies focus on the cumulative connection of concepts, quantitative analytical problem-solving skills, study skills, use of the scientific method, and proper experimental techniques. Experiments are conducted on a regular basis to reinforce the connections between the mathematical models and concepts presented in class.
Chemistry students examine the composition and interaction of matter and energy. Teaching strategies focus on the cumulative connection of concepts, quantitative analytical problem solving, inferential problem solving, use of the scientific method, and proper experimental techniques. Experiments illustrate and reinforce the concepts and mathematics learned. While going in depth and covering more advanced topics in chemistry, honors students are expected to learn at an increased pace, held to higher standards, and are given a greater degree of academic freedom and responsibility.
Honors Seminar in Chemistry
After a brief review of important concepts from Honors Chemistry, this course will focus on advanced topics in preparation for college level courses. The first semester will introduce thermodynamics, reaction rates, equilibrium, and oxidation reduction chemistry , and nuclear chemistry. The second semester will focus more on organic chemistry, nomenclature, organic reactions, and organic synthesis.
This will be a lab-based course where you will learn advanced lab techniques such as distillation and purification, gas chromatography, UV-Vis spectroscopy and organic synthesis. The pace will be fast and outside reading/notes, using a flipped classroom, help create more lab time and problem-solving explanations.
The biology curriculum is based around the essential questions, “What is life?” and “How do living organisms function individually and within their respective environments?” Topics that are covered in this course include biochemistry, cell structure and function, cell energetics, genetics, protein synthesis, biotechnology, evolution, and biodiversity. Each unit is designed to cover a series of concepts and theories and is accompanied by hands-on lab work allowing students to see the material they are studying in action. Throughout the study of biology, students will acquire knowledge that will enable them to confront a variety of scientific questions that affect their daily lives and the future of the natural world.
This course includes an in-depth study of a range of topics including the scientific method, biochemistry, cell structure and function, genetics, evolutionary processes, energetics, biotechnology, classification, and ecology. Laboratory investigations play an integral role in the course. Students will be introduced to experimental design with an emphasis on the acquisition of specific skills that include writing and speaking effectively, statistical analysis, and problem solving.
Honors Seminar in Biology
The Honors Seminar in Biology curriculum has been developed to cover the material of an introductory college biology course. Topics are covered in great depth, laboratory experiments are complex, and the time and effort required of students is significant. This course provides students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge, and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with the rapidly changing science of biology.
Designed for the student that is interested in the amazing world of plants. This class will introduce students to plant anatomy, plant identification, economic botany, plant ecology and more. Students will spend time in the lab and outdoors on campus and at local parks. Students will participate in discussions of current research in the field, create oral presentations on special topics, write lab reports, and make a plant collection.
Designed for a student who is interested in the marine environment, this course focuses on marine life and the issues surrounding it. It is a project-based class aimed at self-directed learning. Confident swimmers will be able to explore the marine environment first-hand on class snorkeling trips, as we take several snorkeling trips to observe environments firsthand. These trips include seining with Florida Fish and
Wildlife and FAU Pine Jog, snorkeling Blue Heron Bridge and the Florida Keys, and several others.
Honors Anatomy & Physiology
Students who are curious about how their bodies function or are interested in a career in the medical field will enjoy this in-depth look at the structures and functions of the human body. Students will engage in experimentation, dissection, and research projects designed to enhance their understanding of the human condition. This course will challenge students’ critical thinking skills as they develop a longstanding appreciation for the complexity and beauty of the human body.
This is the first of a six-semester elective program in which students will be introduced to aviation, aeronautical, and aerospace science. Taught as a project-based class, this introductory course will study the history of flight, physics of flight, aircraft systems, engines, instruments, air traffic control procedures, and weather. Included in the course are several field trips to local airports and IFLY along with guest lessons from local pilots and aeronautics engineers. Students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge through approximately five hours in a full-motion Cessna 172 flight simulator.
In this project-based course, students will study the history of the space program, satellites, rocketry, human physiology and space flight. We will learn about careers in this industry and possibly take a trip to the Kennedy Space Center. Students will continue their flight training in the flight simulator over the semester.
Aviation 301 will cover the physics of flight to a much deeper level than Aviation 101 and 201, using mathematical formulas to determine lift, thrust, drag coefficients, and surface area to weight ratios. We will begin the process by developing engineering skills through short-term projects and experiments. The focus is to develop the skills of would-be pilots and engineers. Topics such as electrical systems, airport security, and airport design will also help students prepare for the next step in becoming a pilot.
In this course, the emphasis will be on aeronautical and aerospace engineering. Students will learn to classify aircraft by type, explore UAS (Drones) and learn about air density and how it affects airplane performance. We will also learn about the four forces of flight, aircraft stability and design characteristics.
This course teaches a student the fundamentals of cross-country flying, which includes planning a route of flight, navigating a route of flight, interpreting aviation weather reports/maps, and preparing the aircraft’s weight and balance. Students will obtain approximately 10 hours in a Cessna 172 full motion simulator, and by the end of the course should be able to perform a solo flight in the simulator without instructor input. This course is by recommendation only.
Aviation 601 will expose students to actual FAA test questions that they can expect to see on the Private Pilot Knowledge test. This course is suited for those students pursuing an aviation career and may already be in flight training. Topics will include Weather Theory as it applies to Aviation, Weather Services available to pilots, pre-flight planning, airport operations including Airport markings and signs, traffic pattern procedures and ATC communications. We will also review the different types of aeronautical charts pertinent to aviators.
ASTRONOMY - SOLAR SYSTEM
Astronomy, the study of the universe, was the first science, and it remains a cutting-edge and viable research discipline even today. In the first semester, we study the solar system from the Sun to the Kuiper belt and everything in between. Through it all we ask, where do we come from and where are we going?
ASTRONOMY - EVOLUTION OF THE UNIVERSE
In the second semester, we look at cosmology, the study of the cosmos. We study diverse types of galaxies and black holes, pulsars, quasars, gamma-ray bursts, and other denizens of the universe.
Environmental Field Research
Designed for the adventurous outdoor-loving student in mind! This course covers the major Florida ecosystems and some pressing local environmental issues while helping students develop their research skills. Students go on multiple field trips to explore the local parks, refuges, and preserves of South Florida. Throughout the semester, students perform hands-on field projects to collect data, all while
helping local organizations capture answers to pressing environmental questions.
Artificial Intelligence: Applications, History and Current Issues
This course introduces the subject of Artificial Intelligence (AI) by studying real-world applications past, present, and future. It also addresses the fundamental social and technical issues raised by the existence and pursuit of AI by humanity. This course will treat the subject from a variety of viewpoints and methods, including historical survey and discussion of ethical implications, both historical and hypothetical. This course will include some basic programming and hands-on technical projects. It is meant to provide exposure to the subject with less emphasis on math skills.
PLEASE NOTE: Course availability fluctuates from year to year. Please review the 2023-2024 Course Catalog for information on course availability and enrollment requirements.