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 monetary award from the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation at our annual Rookie of the Year Reception.

Congratulations to our 2019 Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year Nominees!

Avalon Middle, Julian Glover

 Bagdad Elementary, Tina Bates

 Berryhill Elementary, Toniann Handley

 Central, Christal Bennett

 Chumuckla Elementary, Sydney Nowling

 Dillon Center, Matthew Foster

 Dixon Intermediate, Olivia Wilchar

 Dixon Primary, Christa Esch

East Milton Elementary, Terri Stewart

 Gulf Breeze Elementary, Ashley Lombardo

Gulf Breeze High, Rafael Garcia

Gulf Breeze Middle, Adam Gutshall

 Hobbs Middle, Steven Bienkowski

 Holley-Navarre Intermediate, Emily Arnold

 Holley-Navarre Middle, Alyssa McQuinn

 Holley-Navarre Primary, Briana O’Neal

 Jackson Pre-Kindergarten, Susan Pohlmann

 Jay Elementary, Darby Cowan

 Jay High, Stacey Collins

 King Middle, Katheryn Stephens

 Locklin Technical College, Jonathan McCullough

 Milton High, Katie Cranford

 Navarre High, Karen Cody

 Oriole Beach Elementary, Julia Taylor

 Pace High, Dominique O’Shea

 Pea Ridge Elementary, Jenetta Sawyer

 Rhodes Elementary, Michelle Speas

 Russell Elementary, Jenna Murchison

 Santa Rosa High & Adult, Jessica Booher

 Sims Middle, Stephanie Rimes

 West Navarre Intermediate, Cathleen Mitchell

 West Navarre Primary, Melissa Voshell

 Woodlawn Beach Middle, Paul Miller