Faculty & Staff Directory
At Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School there is a collection of dynamic, dedicated faculty and staff who create a caring, safe learning and working environment for our school community. Teachers at Brooks DeBartolo must meet all state teaching certification requirements and work towards continuous improvement of instructional strategies and collaboration through professional development and continuing education. We also have the necessary support staff in place to meet the needs of our students. United by a common vision to ensure our students are prepared to enter post-secondary institutions, it is no wonder that many of our students visit us as alumni to share their appreciation of the positive educational impact of their teachers and our staff.
Cheryl Fernandez, Principal
Ms. Fernandez is a third generation Tampa native who grew up in Brandon, Florida. She earned her B.A. in Marketing and Management from Tampa College. She went on to earn her M.A. in Educational Leadership and an Ed. S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Argosy University. Her teaching certification is in Marketing grades 6-12 and Leadership all levels.
Ms. Fernandez has been employed in Hillsborough County Public Schools for over twenty-one years. During those twenty-one years of employment, Ms. Fernandez has served as Assistant Principal of Curriculum, Assistant Principal of Student affairs, Middle and High School teacher, and a High School Bowling Coach. She began at Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School as one of the inaugural faculty members, and went on to serve for ten years at BDCHS.
Ms. Fernandez views education as a life-long process and believes that students are at the center of all school-related decisions. She works under the philosophy that everything we do in our school should be done with the best interest of our students in mind. Working together with teachers and staff to continue the legacy of success established by BDCHS while building strong relationships with parents, students, and community partners is her priority.
Ms. Fernandez is the mother of three children, two of which are BDCHS Alumni. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and grandchildren.
Matthew Healey, Assistant Principal
Mr. Matthew Healey serves as the Assistant Principal of Administration at Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School. He earned his B.S. in Elementary Education K-6 and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership K-12 from the University of Tampa, with certification in ESOL and Reading K-12. Mr. Healey’s career in education has been focused in charter schools and has held various instructional leadership roles.
It is his belief that the fundamental mission of a school is for its students to become smarter by learning and that they are accepted in their school community, just as they are. This philosophy stems from his interest and passion for social justice education, educational equity, and social/emotional development. As a part-time faculty member at the University of Tampa in the Department of Education, he instructs and mentors undergraduate education majors in order to develop exemplary teachers who enter our Tampa Bay area schools.
On a personal note, Mr. Healey enjoys living in the Tampa Heights neighborhood and being outdoors, working in his yard, and exploring Tampa’s vibrant culture. He is dedicated to continuously learning and growing as an educational leader.
Tina Serra, Assistant Principal
Ms. Tina Serra serves as the Assistant Principal of Curriculum at Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School. She earned her B.S. in Secondary English Education and an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Tampa, with certification in ESOL. Ms. Serra’s career in education began at Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School in 2012. Ms. Serra has previously served as a teacher within the Language Arts Department, Department Head and member of the Electives Department, and as a member of the BDCHS Office of Student Services.