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.

Sydney Nowling was surprised at Jay Elementary by Superintendent Karen Barber on June 2nd and announced as the 2021 Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year.  Ms. Nowling was presented with a monetary award from the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation.  Congratulations to Sydney!

Introducing our 2021 Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year Nominees!

Avalon Middle, George Starkie

 Bagdad Elementary, Ashley Down

 Berryhill Elementary, Micaela Shrum

 Central, Christopher Trantham

 Chumuckla Elementary, Brittney Watson

 Dillon Center, Olivia Rosol

 Dixon Intermediate, Kristin Hyche

 Dixon Primary, Lisa Haglund

East Milton Elementary, Courtney Sandidge

 Gulf Breeze Elementary, Aimee Farley

Gulf Breeze High, Katharine Vanosdall

Gulf Breeze Middle, Andrew French

 Hobbs Middle, Macy Gladu

 Holley-Navarre Intermediate, Bobbi Chapman

 Holley-Navarre Middle, Janet Warnock

 Holley-Navarre Primary, Kara Byers

 Jackson Pre-Kindergarten, Sharon Benware

 Jay Elementary, Sydney Nowling

 Jay High, Hannah Laney

 King Middle, Devin Constant

 Locklin Technical College, Roni Boomer

 Milton High, Jeremy Ruffin

 Navarre High, Lauren Barnard

 Oriole Beach Elementary, Elizabeth Hill

 Pace High, Jennifer Cumbie

 Pea Ridge Elementary, Amanda Vasquez

 Rhodes Elementary, Kristen Chaney

 Russell Elementary, Angela Earl

 Santa Rosa High/Adult, Melany King

 Santa Rosa Online Academy, Kelli Swim

 Sims Middle, Sarah Widener

 West Navarre Intermediate, Emily Noyes

 West Navarre Primary, Angela Covert

 Woodlawn Beach Middle, Travis Baune