Dr. Joseph W. Underwood

TV/MovieMaking, 9-12, Miami Senior High School, Miami, Florida

Total years as a classroom teacher: 21

Education

2006 Nova Southeastern University Ed.D. Educational Leadership
1987 United States Sports Academy M.S Sports Medicine
1975 Tennessee Tech University B.A. Speech/Theatre

Teaching Experience

2004-present Grade 11, Curriculum writer: Entertainment Law, Miami High School, Miami, Florida
1989-present Greater Miami Athletic Conference-adults-Football Rules Instructor, Miami, Florida
1988-present Grades 9-12, Miami High School, Miami, Florida
1984-1988 Grades 9-12, Earth Science, Drama, ESOL, Miami High School, Miami, Florida

Special Recognition

2006 Toyota International Teachers Program-Galapagos Islands
2006 Disney Teacher Awards National Selection Committee
2005 Special Teacher Proclamations-MDCPS School Board
2005 Teacher of the Year and Region TOY Finalist (2003)
2005 USA Today Award
2004 Special Teacher Proclamations-MDCPS School Board
2004 Disney Award
2003 Teacher of the Year and Region TOY Finalist (2003)
2003 National Board Certification
2002-present Governor’s State Board of Athletic Training Appointee
1995 HS Athletic Trainer of the Year-Athletic Trainers Association of Florida

Testimonials

  • Joseph believes that trust is the key to building a productive
    relationship between teachers and students so that students can
    flourish, learn, and not be intimidated.
  • He reminds his students’ everyday that there is a champion in all of them.

“Joe is a serious and dedicated educator, whose love of educating children goes far and beyond the classroom doors.”

Agustin J. Barrera, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Chair

“Words cannot describe what Joe has done for literally thousands of
students as an educator. When I graduated from High School I was ready
for the workforce, for college, and for life because of Joe Underwood.”

Daniel Antonio Davila, Former Student