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 Sara Caudell Scholarship from the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce.

Special thanks to our Partner

2013 Sponsors

In Honor of Vivian Burns
Charter Bank
Fast Cash ATM Services
GEO Corrections
Jenny Granse
GFWC Milton Woman’s Club
Gulf Power Company, Milton
Paula Lou and Byrd Mapoles
Oakleigh Farms
Ernie Parker State Farm Insurance
Michael and Jo-Ann Price

Congratulations to Emily Simon,

Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year 2013!

SR Rookie of the Year 2013 Emily Simon (2)





2013 Rookie of the Year Nominees

Rookies of the Year 2013


School Teacher
Avalon Middle David Bohannon
Bagdad Elementary Laura Rader
Berryhill Administrative Complex Marla Randall
Berryhill Elementary Ashley Korn
Chumuckla Elementary Jessica Strickland
S.S. Dixon Intermediate Kristie Rodriquez
S.S. Dixon Primary Tess Scott
East Milton Elementary Erin Jones
Gulf Breeze Elementary Erica Leeds
Gulf Breeze High Tessa Grabbas
Gulf Breeze Middle Karen Gilbreath
Hobbs Middle Rick Miller
Holley-Navarre Intermediate Samantha Paul
Holley-Navarre Middle Gene Benvenutti
Holley-Navarre Primary Tiffany Lindsey
T.R. Jackson Pre-Kindergarten Marcia Mayo
Jay Elementary Rhonda Adams
Jay High Paul Grover
King Middle Sidney Ware
Locklin Technical Center Joe Peirce
Milton High Michael Schultz
Navarre High Jenna Hughes
Oriole Beach Elementary Katie Gibbs
Pace High John Baker
Pea Ridge Elementary Tiffany Langham
W.H. Rhodes Elementary Cindy Simpson
B.C. Russell Elementary Melanie Williams
Santa Rosa High Afsaneh Penton
T.L. Sims Middle Will Bain
West Navarre Intermediate Brigette Walters
West Navarre Primary Emily Simon
Woodlawn Beach Middle Jennifer Hensley