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Meet Brandi Burlingame, Our New SWAT Advisor at Okeechobee High School!
September 7, 2020

Okeechobee High School is excited to announce their new SWAT Club Advisor for school year 2020-2021, Ms. Brandi Burlingame.

  Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Ms. Burlingame has been a teacher in Okeechobee County since 2006.  She has taught Middle School gifted, High School Spanish and currently teaches Spanish and Anthropology. Ms. Burlingame was an exchange student in Veracruz, Mexico during her junior year of high school and that is where she fell in love with the Spanish language and Mexican culture.  After her experience as an exchange student Ms. Burlingame returned to Pennsylvania where she earned her B.A. in Spanish and Anthropology, then her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction.     

Ms. Burlingame is excited to lead the OHS SWAT Club and encourages all students from each learning platform to jump in and join the club.

SWAT (Students Working Against Tobacco) Club is Florida's statewide youth organization working to mobilize, educate and equip Florida youth to revolt against and de-glamorize Big Tobacco. SWAT is a united movement of empowered youth working towards a tobacco free future. Maybe you’re asking yourself, what does our club do in our community? SWAT works to change the social norms associated with tobacco. This means we want to change the way people think about tobacco… making it less desirable, less acceptable and less accessible. We do this by advocating for change in local policies that affect how tobacco is marketed, how it is sold, and where it can be used. SWAT members can expect to participate in a wide range of activities including community education and outreach, public speaking, collecting data, and media advocacy.

To learn more about SWAT visit our website or contact Courtney Moyett at