Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Denise Kearney

I am a Florida native, but beware, I am a Patriots and Red Sox fan!  I am a former student of L.A. Ainger, a Lemon Bay graduate, and a Florida Gulf Coast University alumni.  Coming back to Ainger was like coming home, and I have enjoyed teaching Science here for the past 10 years.  My Bachelor's degree is in Marine Science, and am working on my Master's degree in Wildlife Forensics and Conservation, as well as Aquatic Animal Care through University of Florida.  I have professional certifications for Elementary Education (K-6), Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum (5-9), and Biology (6-12), as well as an ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) endorsement.  


I have been married for 15 years; my husband is a former student of Ainger and graduate of Lemon Bay too!  We have two amazing kids:  Jake and Ava, four adorable dogs:  Ernie, Gunner, Laiya, and Sophia, and 1 very sweet ferret:  Sushi.  I love spending time with my family whether we are camping, hiking to a waterfall, swimming, just snuggling on the couch watching a movie, or trying to survive a family game night.  Being a mom has helped me to become a better teacher.  I believe in treating your child the way I would want my child to be treated.  My philosophy of teaching is to create a safe, nurturing environment so each child has an equal opportunity to be enriched through visual, written, and kinesthetic activities.