Rookie of the Year

Teacher retention and recruitment are vital to a quality education system. According to a 2003 study by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, after just five years, between 40 and 50 percent of all beginning teachers have left the profession. We need to make sure that new teachers receive mentoring, support and recognition during their early years as educators.

Each spring, the Santa Rosa Education Foundation invites every school in the Santa Rosa School District to nominate one teacher for the Rookie of the Year award. Any classroom teacher in his/her third year or less of teaching is eligible for this award. This includes total teaching experience, not just in Santa Rosa public schools. The Santa Rosa Education Foundation’s Rookie of the Year committee reviews all applications and selects one outstanding nominee as the Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year. The Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year receives a scholarship from the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce.

2015 Sponsors

Scholarship Sponsor: Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce

Dr. Chris and Renee Bookout
In Memory of Retired Educator Vivian Burns
Charlie Donald
Fast Cash ATM Services
Jim and Jenny Granse
Ed Gray III
GFWC Milton Woman’s Club
Gulf Power Company, Milton
Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida
Leadership Santa Rosa Alumni Association
Margaret Porter Insurance
Oakleigh Farms
Michael and Jo-Ann Price
Tom Vatter
Woodmen of the World Chapter 906

Congratulations to Elizabeth Fitzgerald,

Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year 2015!





2015 Rookie of the Year Nominees