Dr. Juniance S. Etienne
Program Director 2023
Dr. Juniace S Étienne has been the program director since the Summer of 2020 She is a native of Miragôane, Haiti, who migrated to the United States at 16, a teacher, and an author. She knows firsthand that education can expand one’s opportunities to succeed. Her passion is to empower and stimulate intellectual curiosity in her students.
Dr. Étienne is currently a French teacher at Palmetto Ridge High School and a professor at Florida Southwestern College. She was nominated Teacher of Distinction in 2020 and worked with children at all academic skill levels, from those with special needs to academically gifted students. She is also a curriculum writer for the French program. Dr. Étienne graduated Summa Cum Laude from Barry University, received her master’s degree in Reading from Nova Southern University, and earned her doctoral degree in Teacher Leadership from Walden University. Graduate-level course in Romance World Language from the University of New Orleans, Oregon University, and Université de Notre Dame de L’ouest in Angers, France. She is certified in Exceptional Student Education (ESE), K-12 World Language French Instruction, and has Endorsement in English Speakers Of Other Languages (ESOL), Reading Instruction, and Gifted instruction.
Dr. Étienne develops a complete curriculum with all taught subjects: Language Arts (8th-9th graders); English (10th-12th graders); Algebra 1; Geometry; Algebra II; and she also develops an ACT/SAT Study Guide with the teachers’ support for Raising the Bar Summer Program.
Dr. Étienne recruits, interviews, and hires teachers for the program. Two weeks before the beginning of the program and during the program, Dr. Étienne works with an intern to ensure all the logistics necessary to run the program were in place. For example, she emails and telephones parents and students and secures guest speakers who can deliver informational resources to the students. She conducts daily meetings with teachers and weekly debriefings. She reports daily to Mr. Vincent Keeys and Mrs. Diane Keeys on essential issues and advises them of the program’s progression.