education

‘Science is for girls’

‘Science is for girls’

With tiaras on their heads and lab coats on their shoulders, hundreds of girls got up close with science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) March 12 during GEEKS Night at Woodlawn Beach Middle School. GEEKS, which stands for Girls Educating and Encouraging Knowledge, was created by south Santa Rosa educators in partnership with the […]

Scholarship program has benefits for local private schools

Scholarship program has benefits for local private schools

Finding the right school for your children can be a difficult task. Selection can be even more complicated by variables related to income, location and student performance. Since 2001, the Step Up for Students scholarship program has been utilized by private and public schools throughout Florida. Read the full article in the March 14 issue […]

Skilled trade workers in high demand

Skilled trade workers in high demand

Mirroring a national trend, there is a growing need for skilled labor in Santa Rosa County and surrounding areas. Hundreds of jobs are expected to be added by 2026. Training programs and financial aid are available to those interested in becoming plumbers, electricians, HVAC technicians, welders and carpenters. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

Home schooling breaks classroom boundaries

Home schooling breaks classroom boundaries

More than 1,000 students in Santa Rosa County did not return to a traditional classroom Monday morning. Instead, they were at home, in special programs or even traveling across the world with their parents deciding the direction their education will take. Read the full article in the Feb. 7 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

BREAKING: Gov. announces $422 million in teacher bonuses

BREAKING: Gov. announces $422 million in teacher bonuses

Governor Ron DeSantis announced today more than $422 million will be invested into teacher and principal compensation increases as part of reforms to the Best and Brightest Teachers program. The announcement came during a press conference at Armwood High School in Seffner, FL. “What we are trying to do is identify those teachers that are […]

Woodlawn Beach Middle goes crazy for Literacy Week

Woodlawn Beach Middle goes crazy for Literacy Week

Students, teachers and staff of Woodlawn Beach Middle School celebrated Florida’s Literacy Week by reading “From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by E.L. Konigsburg together as a school. Navarre Press partnered with local businesses to provide enough copies of the book to the school so every student could have one for the […]

Navarre High’s Ms. B named Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year

Navarre High’s Ms. B named Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year

Men’s choir practice at Navarre High School came to an abrupt halt Thursday morning as a crowd of school administrators and media came bursting through the door led by Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick with flowers in hand. The crowd was there to inform teacher Caroline Buechner that she had been selected as Santa Rosa’s Teacher of […]

Kazoo ramps up excitement about reading By Brian Lester

Kazoo ramps up excitement about reading  By Brian Lester

Cheers erupted when Kazoo strolled into the cafeteria at West Navarre Intermediate School Monday morning. The famed Pensacola Blue Wahoos mascot was in town to help kick off Literacy Week. Read the full article in the Jan. 31 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive a […]

Santa Rosa school security gets boost

Santa Rosa school security gets boost

Tripling down on school protection from would be shooters, Santa Rosa schools are spending millions of dollars on new measures to keep out bad guys or stop them in their tracks. In cooperation with Sheriff Bob Johnson, schools are bolstering his force of resource officers with upgraded cameras, alarms that notify more officers within 10 […]

Teacher of the Year finalists from south end

Teacher of the Year finalists from south end

All three of the finalist for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year hail from schools in south Santa Rosa County. The Santa Rosa Education Foundation announced Friday the teachers that made the final cut selected from the 33 school nominees throughout the district. The finalists are Caroline Buechner of Navarre High School, Charles Phan of […]

Navarre High School chorus teacher among semifinalists

Navarre High School chorus teacher among semifinalists

Navarre High School chorus teacher Caroline Buechner is among the five semifinalists for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year. The Santa Rosa Education Foundation (SREF) announced the semifinalists Friday. They were selected from 33 nominees at each of the schools in the district. Read the full article in the Jan. 17 issue of Navarre Press. […]

Make your own backyard wildlife garden

Make your own backyard wildlife garden

All living things have four basic needs for their habitat: fresh water to drink, food to eat, shelter and a place to raise young. Without these things they cannot thrive, and their species can be in danger of extinction. Each part of a ecosystem is dependent on the other parts to succeed. Read the full […]

Second chance program for young offenders doubles in size

Second chance program for young offenders doubles in size

Assistance for Santa Rosa County students that have had run-ins with the law has expanded as the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Transition Program launched in February 2018 has more than doubled its reach. From emotional support counseling to academic tutoring to navigating complex transcripts, Student Intervention Specialist Cindy Peaden has expanded the number of […]

New Navarre school coming bit by bit

New Navarre school coming bit by bit

The planned K-8 school on Elkhart Drive will open by 2021 with a few missing pieces:  no completed classrooms for middle-schoolers and a cafeteria without cooking equipment. Budget constraints at the Santa Rosa County School District prompted the decision to start building a school that’s affordable in the summer of 2019 and gradually add to […]

UWF confers 100,000th degree

UWF confers 100,000th degree

The University of West Florida celebrated a significant milestone Saturday at the Fall 2018 Commencement, awarding the 100,000th degree since the institution opened in 1967. “Fifty-one years ago, UWF opened its doors and classes began,” President Martha Saunders said. Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

“Library Teacher” Witter focused on 21st century skills

“Library Teacher” Witter focused on 21st century skills

When West Navarre Primary School teachers were asked to choose who would represent them as Teacher of the Year, they chose a teacher in a less traditional role. Known by her students as the “Library Teacher,” Ruth Witter’s official title is Library Media Specialist. Read the full article in the Dec. 13 issue of Navarre […]

Chaves takes pride in having a positive impact on his students

Chaves takes pride in having a positive impact on his students

David Chaves has been nominated for Teacher of the Year in the past at Holley Navarre Intermediate School. But the third-grade teacher’s name didn’t stay in the mix for long. “I usually withdrew my name because I’d look at other teachers and feel like their skill set was just more superior,” Chaves said. Read the […]

Substitute teaching a second calling for Miller

Substitute teaching a second calling for Miller

Jim Miller never planned on getting into substitute teaching, just as he never planned to make a career out of being in the military. Things just work out that way sometimes. Read the full article in the Dec. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or sign up to receive […]

Brockhum teaches importance of being good human beings

Brockhum teaches importance of being good human beings

Jasmine Brockhum remembers the first time she really felt as if education was the perfect fit for her as far as a career goes. At the time, she was overseas with her husband, who was stationed in Japan, and she landed a job as a Kindergarten aide in a school on the base. Read the […]

‘Be the teacher I wish I had’

‘Be the teacher I wish I had’

Whether it be interacting with her students or assisting fellow teachers, Sharon Mavity said her guiding principle is be for others what she wishes she’d had when she was in their shoes. “My ultimate goal is to be the teacher I wish I had when I first started teaching to go to (for advice). My […]

New on Weekend Food Program menu: Financial literacy

New on Weekend Food Program menu: Financial literacy

Holley Navarre Middle School sixth-graders are learning to balance a budget, invest for the future and much more thanks to donations from Outreach Navarre LLC, more commonly known as the Weekend Food Program. The school has received copies of Foundations in Personal Finance workbooks, activity pages and web resources through Outreach Navarre. Read the full […]

Sea Turtle Extravaganza teaches pollution solutions

Sea Turtle Extravaganza teaches pollution solutions

Sea creatures constructed from garbage and turtle-tastic crafts were a few of the activities at this year’s Sea Turtle Extravaganza hosted Saturday by the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC). Dozens of volunteers interacted with visitors, teaching about conservation of one of Navarre Beach’s most prominent creatures: sea turtles. Volunteer Kade Knighten, 12, said […]

UWF offers free Gulf Stories course

UWF offers free Gulf Stories course

The University of West Florida (UWF) launched the second installment of Gulf Stories Sept. 24, a free online course that explores a range of topics, from art and advanced manufacturing to citizen science and coastal ecology. Gulf Stories 2 features the work of five UWF faculty researchers and takes a close look at Gulf Coast […]

University adds new degree to cybersecurity program

University adds new degree to cybersecurity program

University of West Florida’s nationally recognized cybersecurity research and education program has added a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity starting this fall. UWF is the first university in Florida to offer a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber […]

Gulf Breeze High launches hospitality academy

Gulf Breeze High launches hospitality academy

Students of Gulf Breeze High School trained for in-demand hospitality jobs this month as the school rolled out its new Hospitality and Tourism Academy. Instructor Jasmine Crowell has a degree in hospitality, and she said she is happy to share her knowledge with students. Read the full article in the Sept. 13 issue of Navarre […]

Legion of Valor award puts Brown in select company

Legion of Valor award puts Brown in select company

Sarah Brown is in elite company. The commanding officer of Navarre’s Navy Junior ROTC unit received the prestigious Legion of Valor for Outstanding Achievement Tuesday afternoon. Only 20 cadets out of 88,000 across the world are awarded it each year. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to […]

Holley Navarre Middle program builds lasting leadership

Holley Navarre Middle program builds lasting leadership

Holley Navarre Middle School students are molding themselves for leadership this school year thanks to the Student Leadership Development Course, a program dedicated to building leadership and life skills in seventh and eighth graders. Principal Joie DeStefano said Dean Dan Schmidt was the perfect man to teach the class due to his 28 years serving […]

Gunter enters 2020 race for school superintendent

Gunter enters 2020 race for school superintendent

The election is more than two years away, but David Gunter is thinking ahead. The Santa Rosa School District administrator filed Aug. 8 as a candidate for superintendent of schools. Gunter said his career with the school district has afforded him the opportunity to improve the community, whether it be educating students in the classroom […]

School budget makes for an eternal impasse

School budget makes for an eternal impasse

The proposed $366 million budget for Santa Rosa County’s public schools in 2018-2019 is ground zero in a labor-management battle between teachers and district Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick that underscores the frustration on both sides. To the teachers’ Santa Rosa Professional Educators (SRPE) union, the most unsatisfying part of the budget is the sometimes misunderstood “general […]

‘1000 Books Before Kindergarten’ sets children for success

‘1000 Books Before Kindergarten’ sets children for success

Children’s brains complete up to 90 percent of development in the first five years of life, according to research by the Rauch Foundation. Though the typical newborn brain is only a quarter of the size it will reach by adulthood, it will grow rapidly in those first years and develop trillions of synapse connections. Read […]

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