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 Gulf Breeze High School and Kristin Ardis of Woodlawn Beach Middle School.
The list was thinned down to five semifinalists earlier this month. Then, the SREF Teacher of the Year Selection Committee, which consists of administrators, business and community leaders, parents, and previous Santa Rosa Teachers of the Year, observed the semifinalists in their classrooms and conducted interviews to make the selections.
SREF will make a surprise announcement of Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019.