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Santa Rosa teachers experience STEMersion

Santa Rosa teachers experience STEMersion

Science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and sometimes art (STEAM) have taken classrooms across the country and world by storm in recent years. For Santa Rosa County School District, this approach to teaching has been a core part of the education model since the STEAM Innovate program launched in 2015, making the district a trailblazer on […]

Teacher allegedly solicits sex from student

Teacher allegedly solicits sex from student

A Sims Middle School teacher has been arrested for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to a 14-year-old student to solicit sex. Pensacola resident Christopher Alan Johnson, 30, is a science teacher at the middle school located in Pace. Following report of the texts May 28, Johnson has been placed on administrative leave according to Santa Rosa […]

Science station says farewell to Taylor

Science station says farewell to Taylor

After two years of inspiring young minds, marine biology teacher Sara Taylor will be setting sail away from the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. Taylor told the Navarre Press last week that she and her husband Andrew plan to return to Birmingham, Alabama, ahead of next school year.   Read the full article in the […]

Harp awarded AFA Teacher of the Year

Harp awarded AFA Teacher of the Year

Marsha Harp was caught by surprise when she learned she had been named the Air Force Association Chapter #398 Hurlburt Teacher of the Year. A first-grade teacher at West Navarre Primary, she’s been named the elementary teacher of the year and the overall teacher of the year for her efforts in STEM education. Read the […]

“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 […]

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 […]

Friends gather to remember Orsi

Friends gather to remember Orsi

Charlene Orsi became a teacher at Holley Navarre Intermediate School in 2014 after she and her family moved to Navarre. She was the mother of triplets–Catherine, Cadence and Patricia–and a fourth daughter, Adrianna. Read the full article in the July 19 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive […]

Mauro recognized by SeaWorld for Science Station work

Mauro recognized by SeaWorld for Science Station work

Navarre Beach Marine Science Station Director Charlene Mauro was named the 2018 SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment Outstanding Environmental Educator this month. The award is given to recognize the efforts of teachers across the country to promote local environmental education and preservation. Read the full article in the Mar. 29 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe […]

Dearman’s memories serve as a trip back in time

Dearman’s memories serve as a trip back in time

Caroline Dearman sits in a rocking chair on a picture-perfect February afternoon and takes a reporter on a journey back in time. She talks about growing up in Mississippi in the early part of the 20th century and recalls some of her favorite memories as if they happened just the other day. Read the full […]

Local author teaches next generation of writers

Local author teaches next generation of writers

Holley-Navarre Primary school students got their very own book signing, special craft and a lesson in publishing Friday with local author Sara Taylor in honor of the launch of “Mira the Misfit Sea Dragon.” Students in Kristy Davis’ second-grade class gathered around to hear Taylor talk about the writing process and read her latest creation. […]

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. […]

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 […]

Survivor takes on Big Apple, Hawaii next

Survivor takes on Big Apple, Hawaii next

Actor David Boreanaz was a Navarre cancer survivor’s angel both literally and metaphorically. West Navarre Primary School teacher Jami Moore won a five day Hawaiian vacation on the TV show “Harry” Nov. 6 for answering the question: “David Boreanaz is here today. He famously played a vampire on ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and another show. […]

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 […]

Watson named Journalism Teacher of the Year

Watson named Journalism Teacher of the Year

  By a vote of her peers across the Florida Panhandle, Navarre High School yearbook adviser Jennifer Watson was named Florida Scholastic Press Association’s 2017 District 1 Journalism Teacher of the Year. This honor is awarded annually to one teacher from each of the seven FSPA districts to recognize outstanding advisers for school journalism programs. […]

Families wait for call from Puerto Rico

Families wait for call from Puerto Rico

Although Hurricane Maria was more than a thousand miles away, when the storm took aim at the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico it hit close to home for some residents of Navarre. It was the second category 5 hurricane to strike the area in the span of two weeks. Power outages were widespread. The communities […]

Teachers’ union not settling for salary decision

Teachers’ union not settling for salary decision

Weeks after the Santa Rosa County School Board sided with Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick over the teachers’ union in salary negotiations, some teachers and union leaders are not dropping the issue. They appeared before the school board to make arguments during a public forum Sept. 7. In mid-August the school board voted unanimously to offer the […]

Lighthouse founder follows calling

Lighthouse founder follows calling

In the wake of hurricane Ivan, many homes and businesses were destroyed. For Joanna Johannes, returning in the wake of the storm with her small children was devastating, she said. She had just moved to Gulf Breeze two years prior, and the storm had totaled her house. “It took everything,” she said. Read the full […]

Nature alive and well in the classroom

Nature alive and well in the classroom

Tabitha Gorse walks around the Nature Explore Classroom at Hurlburt Field on a sun-splashed Monday morning and points to some of its most interesting features. Read the full article in the Feb. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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 […]

Education Foundation awards teachers $68,000 in grants

Education Foundation awards teachers $68,000 in grants

Of the 68 Santa Rosa teachers who received $1,000 grants from the Santa Rosa Education Foundation, 26 hail from schools in Navarre and Gulf Breeze. The grants are awarded each year to help teachers implement ideas in the areas of Artistic Literacy, Literacy, Career/Technical Education and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education with the […]

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 […]

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 […]

STEAM Innovate launches year two

STEAM Innovate launches year two

Santa Rosa County students will be able to tour the home of a middle-class family in Africa through virtual reality or witness the impressive forces of a train hitting a car from inside the vehicle or even submit the tire design for NASA’s next Mars rover. And it is all thanks to STEAM Innovate. The […]

Trial date set in Aydelott murder

Trial date set in Aydelott murder

The court declared William Brandon Aydelott, 20, competent to stand trial for the murder of his mother Wednesday, July 27, after the results of a second psychological evaluation were heard by Judge John Simmons Jr. The trial is set to begin in October. The presentation of the official report is a formality, as evaluating doctor […]

Gaius Bruce retires – 50 years at Northwest Florida State College

Gaius Bruce retires – 50 years at Northwest Florida State College

Gaius Bruce’s family and friends threw a retirement party for him at his home Sunday, April 24. Gaius Bruce started teaching in 1956 at OWJC which changed its name to OWCC, OWC and now – Northwest Florida State College. He worked there full time for 38 years and for the last 12 years, as an […]