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.