Teaching

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 […]

Interaction between ESE and other students yields benefits for all

Interaction between ESE and other students yields benefits for all

Inside a classroom at lunchtime, Emily Sands is sitting next to a student at a table. They are scrolling through pictures on her phone. Across the room, students are laughing and listening to songs, trying to guess the artist. Read the full article in the Feb. 15 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

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, […]

Training tomorrow’s teachers through new academy

Training tomorrow’s teachers through new academy

  There are 52 career academies in Santa Rosa County Schools. Many of them focus on technical fields and career certifications, but the newest career academy at Navarre High School has a more human goal: create new teachers. That is what motivated teacher Jennifer Watson to bring this academy to Navarre. Watson teaches the newly […]

Santa Rosa launches STEAM in high school

Santa Rosa launches STEAM in high school

For the first time in any U.S. school district, Santa Rosa County has launched STEAM-centric learning into all public schools in the district. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. These are the core subjects of the school district’s STEAM Innovate program. Teachers and administrators celebrated the launch of the program’s third year […]

Eclipse captivates Navarre students

Eclipse captivates Navarre students

While some schools banned their teachers and students from watching the eclipse, Navarre High School teachers jumped in with both feet. Earth Science teachers Dena Pruden and Tami McConnell said they were excited for their students to learn about astronomy through the event. “We have been telling our students about it since the start of […]

Smiles, laughter and fun highlight Raider Games

Smiles, laughter and fun highlight Raider Games

Gabby Ayala watched as young children did their best to hold a coconut between their legs and hop to a finish line. She cheered them on the entire way. Normally, others are cheering her on as Ayala plays softball for Navarre. On this sun-splashed Friday morning in April, the script was flipped. Ayala was rooting […]

Field Day brings family fun, sportsmanship

Field Day brings family fun, sportsmanship

Holley-Navarre Primary School students took a break from the books to run, waddle, scoot, jump and play as part of Field Day. The April 4 event allowed students to burn off some energy, teacher Victoria Washington said. Read the full article in the April 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as […]

Holley-Navarre Middle School students heading to state science fair

Holley-Navarre Middle School students heading to state science fair

Eight Holley-Navarre Middle School students are headed to the state science fair. Lauren Bautista, Kate Fey, Callista Salazar, Donovyn Ray, Regan Rudzki, Angel Morris, Kavay Howell and Avery Ottley are the state qualifiers. Read the full article in the Feb. 2 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per […]

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 […]

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 […]

Apps for tots: Can smartphones make baby smarter?

Apps for tots: Can smartphones make baby smarter?

How young is too young for smartphones and tablets? According to some app publishers, learning opportunities from these devices start before children are even potty trained. Hundreds if not thousands of educational phone and tablet apps have flooded the market geared toward toddlers with labels declaring they will teach children letters, numbers, colors and even […]

STEMmersion engages educators in Santa Rosa County schools

STEMmersion engages educators in Santa Rosa County schools

Holley-Navarre Intermediate school teacher Lauren Goodin participated in interactive activities and workshops focused on teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) July 14-17 during the 2016 Discovery Education Summer STEMmersion. The program was part of a five-year partnership between the Santa Rosa County School District and Discovery Education for the STEAM INNOVATE! Initiative. STEAM adds […]

Paper may be bad for trees, but it is good for people

Paper may be bad for trees, but it is good for people

Even on Earth Day, the costs to our planet don’t outweigh the benefits for education. A friend tells the story of checking out at the supermarket when a stranger approached and informed him that he should buy the brown paper towels because they are better for the environment than the white ones. I think of […]

Adult Literacy in Santa Rosa County

Adult Literacy in Santa Rosa County

In a recently released study done by the Program for the International Assessment for Adult Competencies (PIAAC), average scores for literacy were assessed comparatively among 34 developed countries. Scores were based on results received in testing of adults aged 16-65. While scores for literacy in the U.S. were not significantly different than the average PIAAC […]

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

Santa Rosa schools make the grade

Santa Rosa schools make the grade

On Friday, the Florida Department of Education issued grades for schools and districts based on the Florida Standards Assessment test scoring. The Santa Rosa County School District placed fourth overall in the state, and all of Navarre schools were ‘A’ rated. Read the full article in the Feb. 18 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE […]

Cutting-edge Construction Academy now a reality at Navarre High

Cutting-edge Construction Academy now a reality at Navarre High

Jim Wendel was once asked by former principal Bill Emerson what an ideal building for a construction academy would look like if he could have one on the campus of Navarre High School. “I drew a sketch on a napkin,” said Wendel, who has taught at Navarre High School for 14 years. The sketch is […]

Dr. Joe Stovall’s lifetime of ministry and service

Dr. Joe Stovall’s lifetime of ministry and service

“It’s been a real privilege to have had the opportunities that I’ve had,” said Dr. Joe Stovall, speaking of his many years of work in Christian ministry. Joe, a native of Mississippi, first graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. with a bachelor’s degree in ministry. Later, after his marriage to his […]

Genetic science comes to life at Woodlawn

Genetic science comes to life at Woodlawn

Katy Knapp had never dissected anything in science class until last week. The experience was an enjoyable one as she and her eighth-grade classmates at Woodlawn Beach Middle School in Gulf Breeze acted as citizen scientists, dissecting lionfish and putting together DNA samples of what they found inside the stomachs of the invasive fish. Read […]

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, […]