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 9 years.  My Bachelor's degree is in Marine Science, and am working on my Master's degree in Wildlife Forensics and Conservation 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 14 years; my husband is a former student of Ainger and graduate of Lemon Bay too!  We have two amazing kids:  Jake and Ava, two crazy dogs:  Ernie and Gunner, 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.