Dr. Brian Botts has a rich history of enhancing public education in S.W. Florida. His career began as a science teacher at Lehigh Senior High School when it was a brand new high school in the district’s East Zone. After a successful career teaching Biology, Physics, and Chemistry for both Honors and Advanced Placement students, he transferred his professional efforts into Administrative work. As an Assistant Principal, Dr. Botts helped LSHS move from a brand new high school through the next 10 years of defining itself as a leader in academics and a designated Center for the Arts for students living in the area. One important concept at LSHS that was implemented with direct influence from Dr. Botts was the idea of a Freshmen Academy. This decision and effort was designed to help students leaving middle school make a solid transition into high school life in terms of adjusting both academically and socially. The program is still in existence today and this pilot model has been adopted both locally and around the state.
After spending two years as Principal of Fort Myers Middle Academy, Dr. Botts has served as the Principal of Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School – Lee. Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School – Lee is a premier educational organization that functions as a charter school in collaboration with the Lee County School District and Florida SouthWestern State College. The organizational and personal commitment that Dr. Botts brings to the school through Science Technology Engineering and Math serves as a focus for students and teachers. This focus has helped Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School – Lee earn top honors in Lee County on standardized tests while de-emphasizing the FCAT and other high stakes testing in our day to day operations. The schools focus on project based and constructivist activities is designed to help students make real world connections between subject material and their personal lives.
After earning a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from FGCU, Dr. Botts completed his Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from Barry University with a dissertation focus of how different forms of knowledge flow through an organization. During the course of earning his undergraduate degree in Chemistry, he held several research jobs in the fields of bio-technology, mechanical engineering, and aerospace research contract administration. While married with four daughters and working in public education over the course of past 14 years, he has demonstrated that forging strong connections between families, students, and schools is the best groundwork from which to promote high levels of academic achievement.