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Jan 16, 2024

Online education rising in Santa Rosa County, throughout Florida

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States in 2020, school districts across the country, who were still in their spring semesters, had to transition millions of students to online classes to finish out the school year. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 77% of public schools and 73 percent of private schools reported moving some or all classes to online distance-learning formats in early 2020.

Jan 10, 2024

Santa Rosa District Schools now accepting applications for school guardians

Santa Rosa County District Schools is again recruiting and accepting applications for School Guardian. The Chris Hixon, Coach Aaron Feis, and Coach Scott Beigel Guardian Program was established in 2018 through the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. In its initial report, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Commission found that having guardians in schools is the best way to ensure highly trained personnel are in place to respond immediately in the event of a school shooting.

Jan 8, 2024

Holley Navarre Middle’s Fowler brings international background to Language Arts

Learning English can be difficult. According to Oxford Royale Academy, a summer school associated with Oxford University in England, the language can be hard to master due to its complex grammar rules, exceptions to those rules, variations in pronunciation, the order of words in a sentence, emphasis on certain words to change sentence meaning and homophones (words that sound the same but have different meanings), just to name a few.  

Jan 5, 2024

McConnell feels right at home teaching amid the chaos

Her nameplate says chaos coordinator. Her real name is Tami McConnell.

And for the second time in her education career, McConnell is Navarre High’s teacher of the year.


Dec 20, 2023

New principal brings family connection to Gulf Breeze High

The beginning of 2024 will also mark a new beginning at Gulf Breeze High School. Longtime principal Danny Brothers will step down, making way for Sarah Barker, currently the assistant principal, to take over.

Dec 17, 2023

Five years into teaching, East Bay K8’s Gonzalez uses ‘stories’ to connect students, school

In October, East Bay K-8’s principal called a meeting of teachers and faculty in the main hub of the school. The meeting was to announce the school’s teacher of the year for the 2023-2024 school year.

One teacher in attendance, Ariel Gonzalez, had only been teaching for five years and didn’t anticipate her name would be said. And then it was.


Dec 15, 2023

University of West Florida alumni surpasses 100K milestone

The University of West Florida will reach a significant milestone, officially surpassing 100,000 graduates during the University’s Fall 2023 Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Pensacola Bay Center. Since its first commencement ceremony in 1968, the University has conferred more than 121,000 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.

Dec 13, 2023

DUO program already making an impact, says Sanborn

Earlier this year, in May, Linda Sanborn, a retired teacher, school board member and business owner, decided to begin a program to help disadvantaged youth in Santa Rosa District Schools.

Known as DUO, which stands for “Do Unto Others,” the program has already begun to make an impact, said Sanborn.


Dec 11, 2023

Santa Rosa District Schools achieves A-rating for 2022-23 school year

Santa Rosa County District Schools has announced its recognition as an A-rated school district for the 2022-23 school year, according to the recently released Informational Baseline School Grades and District Grades by the Florida Department of Education.

Dec 5, 2023

From swim lessons to classroom lessons, West Navarre Primary’s Green has always been a teacher

West Navarre Primary School’s Cindy Green, who is the school’s 2023 teacher of the year, has been a teacher on and off since 2005. Before dipping her toe into the teaching profession, she worked in or near the water.
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