Teacher of the Year

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

‘Ms. B’ brings music, positive attitude to the classroom

‘Ms. B’ brings music, positive attitude to the classroom

Walking into “Ms. B’s” classroom in Navarre High School, visitors are greeted not by the sounds of pencils on paper but of the melodious voices of her students and the chirps of a piano. Chorus instructor Caroline Buechner, or Ms. B as her students call her, was selected as Teacher of the Year for the high […]

‘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 […]

Teachers of the Year announced for 2019

Teachers of the Year announced for 2019

Santa Rosa Education Foundation announce Monday the 33 nominees for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year.  Nominees were selected by their peers at each school throughout the district. In Navarre the Teachers of the Year are: David Chaves, Holley Navarre Intermediate School Sharon Mavity, Holley Navarre Primary School Jasmine Brockhum, West Navarre Intermediate School Ruth […]

Navarre Chamber of Commerce Teachers of the Year

Navarre Chamber of Commerce Teachers of the Year

Teachers of the Year from Navarre area schools were recognized by the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Featured in the May 24 issue of Navarre Press. Click here to subscribe for as little as $38 per year!                

Cosky still saving the world

Cosky still saving the world

As Gulf Breeze High School science students tapped away on their computers Jan. 24, a flurry of school district administrators, teachers and people wielding cameras came barging through the doorway with a surprise announcement to make. Science teacher Erin Cosky was named Santa Rosa’s Teacher of the Year. Read the full article in the Feb. […]

Wells aims to spark scientific passion

Wells aims to spark scientific passion

  More than a decade ago, Tina Wells could be found at Eglin Air Force Base working with a variety of dead pathogens. She was an epidemiologist doing secret work for the U.S. Department of Defense, studying how certain strains of illnesses traveled and spread when released into the air. When that work wrapped up, […]

Nelms extols ‘independence and curiosity’ of fourth-graders

Nelms extols ‘independence and curiosity’ of fourth-graders

Amanda Nelms taught swim lessons while in high school and college. She also has family members who are in the education field. So teaching came natural to the fourth grade teacher at West Navarre Intermediate. “As a kid, I always liked younger children and I always knew I wanted to work with kids,” Nelms said. […]

Dantin helps students blossom in the garden

Dantin helps students blossom in the garden

Teaching was not Jennifer Dantin’s first career choice but it might be her best one. For most of her adult life her primary jobs had been secretarial work and caring for her two children, but at 38 years old, Dantin decided to go back to school. “I thought teaching would be a way to influence […]

First grade is the perfect fit for Andrus

First grade is the perfect fit for Andrus

Christina Andrus walks into her first-grade classroom at West Navarre Primary and lets her class know she is going to read them a story. They gather on the floor around her chair and listen closely, hanging on every word. Andrus is one of those teachers who clearly takes pride in her job.  Through her interaction […]

Librarian’s passion for reading makes her Teacher of the Year

Librarian’s passion for reading makes her Teacher of the Year

The library is a happening place on a weekday afternoon at Holley-Navarre Middle School. Students are checking out books, others are returning or renewing them. A few students come up to the front desk to request use of one of the computers. Nancy Mijangos is at the heart of it all. This is her fourth […]

“Mama” Watson brings passion, hugs to classroom

“Mama” Watson brings passion, hugs to classroom

When Navarre High School teacher Jennifer Watson was named the school’s teacher of the year, she said she could not believe it. “My name was listed among the top three candidates, and I almost passed out… (When I was selected) I was stunned. I think I do a pretty darn good job, but wow. I […]

Teacher of the Year announced

Teacher of the Year announced

East Milton Elementary kindergarten teacher Kristen White was announced Friday as the Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year 2018 during a surprise visit to her classroom. White is a graduate of the University of West Florida and has taught kindergarten, STEAM Lab (science, technology, engineering, art and math) and Reading Intervention during her 11 years […]

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 […]

Strumeyer sets sights on assisting all students

Strumeyer sets sights on assisting all students

For Teacher of the Year Jeff Strumeyer, Holley-Navarre Middle School (HNMS) is home. In the 18 years he has been teaching, the majority has been spent educating the minds of HNMS. “It’s just one big family. It’s a big community,” he said. “The administration is totally 100 percent whatever you need, they are there for […]

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 […]

Cook’s life revolves around children – yours and hers

Cook’s life revolves around children – yours and hers

For West Navarre Primary School (WNPS) kindergarten teacher Jasmine Cook, being announced as the school’s Teacher of the Year was only the second most exciting achievement of her week. While being recognized for working hard to mold young minds is great, what could be more rewarding than bringing a new life into the world? Cook […]

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 […]

Santa Rosa Education Foundation announces Teacher of the Year nominees

Santa Rosa Education Foundation announces Teacher of the Year nominees

Santa Rosa Education Foundation has announced the nominees for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year.  Nominees were selected by their peers at each school throughout the district. Marsha Lynn Schiller, Avalon Middle; Jennifer Confusione, Bagdad Elementary; Beth Anne Whitfield, Berryhill Administrative Complex; Stephanie Shaner, Berryhill Elementary; Rachel Gault, Central; Mary Nowling, Chumuckla Elementary; Rachel Orehosky, […]

Navarre Chamber recognizes seven Teachers of the Year

Navarre Chamber recognizes seven Teachers of the Year

The Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce recognized all of the Teachers of the Year. Read the full article in the Mar. 3 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as $38 per year.   (Not Pictured) Teresa Berg, Holley-Navarre Intermediate School

Taylor credits team effort for her success as a teacher

Taylor credits team effort for her success as a teacher

As big of a deal as it is to be named a teacher of the year, Navarre High School’s Angie Taylor deflects the credit for her recognition elsewhere. The long-time Exceptional Student Education teacher and department head for ESE makes it known she owes her success to the four other people she works with each […]

Santa Rosa County “Teacher of the Year” finalists named

Santa Rosa County “Teacher of the Year” finalists named

The Santa Rosa Education Foundation has announced the three finalists for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year.  Congratulations to Paula Jones, Avalon Middle, Stephanie Duffy, Gulf Breeze High, and Sarah Thomin, Holley-Navarre Primary. The Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year will be announced on Thursday, January 14, 2016.   Teacher of the Year nominees will be […]

Kelly Gardner’s equation equals Teacher of the Year

Kelly Gardner’s equation equals Teacher of the Year

In math, every equation will have an answer. That’s what Kelly Gardner of Holley-Navarre Middle School loves about teaching math; there is always an answer. Putting that theory to the test, mathematically if a + b = c, and a = Kelly Gardner, and b = teachers and administrators at Holley-Navarre Middle School (HNMS), then […]

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 […]

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, […]