Unfortunately, due to current circumstances, we will not select a Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year 2020 or host a district-wide reception. Principals will present Santa Rosa Education Foundation awards to each individual Rookie of the Year in early May.
Please visit our Rookie of the Year page to see the list of 2020 Rookies of the Year from each school.
On May 8, 2019, all 33 Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year nominees were honored during our Rookie of the Year Reception held at B.C. Russell Elementary School. Family members, friends, and co-workers of our Rookie nominees were invited to celebrate with their rookies and show support for these gifted new educators. The 2019 Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year was announced at this reception and received a monetary award from the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Congratulations to Master Sergeant Rafael Garcia (Air Force Retired) an Aerospace Science and Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps instructor at Gulf Breeze High School. Master Sergeant Garcia is in his second year of teaching.
“He has a positive attitude and demeanor, and provides peak quality instruction for each of his students in each of his classes. He challenges his students and provides them with a positive learning environment that is structured and organized. I applaud his dedication, commitment, and motivation to Gulf Breeze High, his co-workers, and students.”
Danny Brothers, Principal, Gulf Breeze High
Business and community sponsorships were available for this event at $100 each. Please contact us for more information.
Thank you to our 2019 Rookie of the Year Reception Sponsors:
The Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Jackie Ard, Carol Boston, Bubba and Paula Drinkard, Fast Cash ATM Services, Cherry Fitch, Jim and Jenny Granse, Ed Gray, GFWC Milton Woman’s Club, Buddy Hinote, Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida, Byrd and Paula Lou Mapoles, Wei Ueberschaer, WoodmenLife Chapter 906
2019 Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year Rafael Garcia
2019 Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year Rafael Garcia & Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce President Kristen Rhodes