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Schools embrace tech revolution

Schools embrace tech revolution

In the not-too-distant past, advanced technology in classrooms was synonymous with scientific calculators, desktop computers, projectors and occasionally laptops. But times have changed. Over the years south Santa Rosa educators have utilized a wide variety of programs, devices and websites. High school students use WeatherSTEM, a weather data collection device, to study data patterns for […]

Raney loves her students’ sense of wonder

Raney loves her students’ sense of wonder

When Holley-Navarre Primary School teacher Jennifer Raney was in kindergarten, she was given an assignment to write down what she wanted to be when she grew up. She wrote teacher. Years later, Raney is back in a kindergarten class, fulfilling that dream from her younger years. Her mother still holds onto the keepsake that proves […]

Wolfe leads her pack to learning success

Wolfe leads her pack to learning success

For teacher Debbie Wolfe, success is defined by whether her students, affectionately referred to as Wolfe’s wolf pups, believe in themselves. She said for her, it is all about making them feel their worth. “If the kids believe in themselves, then it is a successful day for me,” she said. “It’s all about how they […]

Meet Navarre High’s Teacher of the Year: Tracy Fischetti

Meet Navarre High’s Teacher of the Year: Tracy Fischetti

Potential can sometimes be difficult to see by the person who possesses it. It was as a high school student that Tracy Fischetti said her potential to be a teacher was recognized. “My high school teachers recognized the teacher waiting to be developed in me even when I didn’t see it,” Fischetti said. “I am […]

Baer promotes student-directed learning

Baer promotes student-directed learning

For West Navarre Intermediate School Teacher of the Year Elizabeth Baer, teaching has always seemed like a natural fit. As a little girl Baer loved to play school, leading her toys through lessons. As she grew older, one history teacher’s commitment to her transformed that play time into a real-life career goal. “It was a […]

Navarre teacher now has 3D printer in science classroom

Navarre teacher now has 3D printer in science classroom

Cindy Thorpe has been a teacher for 28 years and never imagined the day would come when she would have a 3D printer in the classroom. Now, the Navarre High School science teacher can’t imagine her classroom without one as her AP Biology students have fallen in love with being able to print out a […]

West Navarre Primary Teacher of the Year

West Navarre Primary Teacher of the Year

Teacher of the year is indeed a distinction among teachers. The winners find great honor in the award because they are selected by their peers. In her sixth year at the school, Emily Simon is West Navarre Primary’s award winner this year. “I’m so honored to represent West Navarre Primary. Any one of our teachers […]

Two Northwest Florida teachers receive Governor’s Shine Award

Two Northwest Florida teachers receive Governor’s Shine Award

During a recent meeting of Florida’s Cabinet, Governor Rick Scott recognized four outstanding educators from around the state with Governor’s Shine Awards. The Shine award is presented to teachers and administrators in Florida who make significant contributions to the field of education. “We are thankful for the commitment of our teachers to help students receive […]

Holley-Navarre Intermediate Teacher of the Year

Holley-Navarre Intermediate Teacher of the Year

Teresa Berg is Holley-Navarre Intermediate’s Teacher of the Year. An 18-year veteran in the classroom, with 13 years at HNIS, Berg says she never stops learning and never tires of seeing the students learn something new.   “I like teaching them something new and seeing their faces when they learn it,” Berg said. When asked what […]

Holley-Navarre Primary Teacher of the Year

Holley-Navarre Primary Teacher of the Year

In her seventh year of teaching, Thomin is Holley-Navarre Primary’s Teacher of the Year. “I was very surprised and I feel so honored to have that. I’m surrounded by amazing teachers at this school so this is very, very nice,” Thomin said. Thomin exudes passion for her job even when she is talking about it, […]

Construction project won’t hamper school year

Construction project won’t hamper school year

With just days before students return to the classroom, Holley-Navarre Middle School is undergoing major construction. Principal Joie DeStefano and Assistant Principal Robert Trigg are prepared for the inconvenience. The drop-off area has changed temporarily this year, so parents will use the “rainy day” drop-off in the back of the building. DeStefano said once parents […]