Teacher of the Year

Santa Rosa Education Foundation administers the Florida Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year Program for the Santa Rosa School District. This program celebrates the contributions of classroom teachers who demonstrate a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. Since its inception in 1988, the program continues to be a prestigious honor drawing participation from Florida’s 72 public school districts and other institutions.

Santa Rosa County is blessed with one of the finest school districts in the state of Florida. Over 1,850 teachers dedicate their days to ensure that the district’s 25,000 plus students are inspired to reach their full potential.  Year after year, these educators and students prove their success by ranking as a top district throughout the state in academics. Santa Rosa County’s high performing school system positively impacts its ability to attract new businesses and families.

Each October, every school site selects a nominee for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year. The nominees are carefully chosen to represent a passion for learning, innovation, inspiration, and the expectation of excellence held as the goal for Santa Rosa Schools. From this exceptional group, one teacher is selected as Santa Rosa’s nominee for Florida Teacher of the Year.

Santa Rosa Education Foundation hosts the annual Golden Apple Celebration to honor Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year nominees and celebrate all of our dedicated educators in the Santa Rosa School District.  For more information about the Golden Apple Celebration and to  view videos from the event, click here.


Congratulations to all  of our nominees for

Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year 2020!

Molly Keene, Avalon Middle

Allison Mullins, Bagdad Elementary

Shadow Joiner, Berryhill Elementary

Amy Hagler, Central

Kelly Ketterer, Chumuckla Elementary

Cindy Ryan, D.A. Dillon Center

Cindy Walker, S.S. Dixon Intermediate

Nicolette Yeager, S.S. Dixon Primary

Myra Anderson, East Milton Elementary

Melissa Jones, Gulf Breeze Elementary

Charles Phan, Gulf Breeze High

Christina Cornelius, Gulf Breeze Middle

Candice Rhodes, Hobbs Middle

David Chaves, Holley-Navarre Intermediate

Deb Wood, Holley-Navarre Middle

Sharon Mavity, Holley-Navarre Primary

Orastine Franklin, T.R. Jackson Pre-Kindergarten Center

Davina Carroll, Jay Elementary

Kendra Killam, Jay High

Jennifer Harris, King Middle

Michael Castleberry, Locklin Technical College

Stacey Dell, Milton High

Caroline Buechner, Navarre High

Jennifer Diebolt, Oriole Beach Elementary

David Walther, Pace High

Summer Clark, Pea Ridge Elementary

Denise Gibson, W.H. Rhodes Elementary

Sentoria Smith, B.C. Russell Elementary

Sarah Grace Holmes, Santa Rosa High/Adult

Penny Moore, T.L. Sims Middle

Jasmine Brockhum, West Navarre Intermediate

Ruth Witter, West Navarre Primary

Kristin Ardis, Woodlawn Beach Middle

The Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year will be announced on Thursday, January 24, 2019.  All nominees will be recognized at Santa Rosa’s Golden Apple Awards celebrating all Santa Rosa educators on Friday, March 1, 2019, at Skopelos at New World Landing.


Photos courtesy of Stone’s Studios.

Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year 2019 Nominees

Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year 2019 Semifinalists

Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year 2019 Finalists

Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year 2019