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 2020 Santa Rosa Rookies of the Year !

Avalon Middle, Joseph Pritchard

 Bagdad Elementary, Hayley Heuiser

 Berryhill Elementary, Katherine Carnley

 Central, Christopher Trantham

 Chumuckla Elementary, Christopher Hearn

 Dillon Center, Brittany Canham

 Dixon Intermediate, Ashley Drinkard

 Dixon Primary, Joshua Kelly

East Milton Elementary, Whitney Kries

 Gulf Breeze Elementary, Ashley Lombardo

Gulf Breeze High, Keith Nelson

Gulf Breeze Middle, Danielle Djikanovic

 Hobbs Middle, Amy Zigler

 Holley-Navarre Intermediate, Ashley Bellinger

 Holley-Navarre Middle, Teddi Atteberry

 Holley-Navarre Primary, Teresa Russell

 Jackson Pre-Kindergarten, Sharon Benware

 Jay Elementary, Bayleigh Upton

 Jay High, David Belanger

 King Middle, Eula Early

 Locklin Technical College, Ashley Corlies

 Milton High, Mary Pryor

 Navarre High, Kaitlyn Johnson

 Oriole Beach Elementary, Katherine Borden

 Pace High, Erica Ortiz

 Pea Ridge Elementary, Stephanie Reaser

 Rhodes Elementary, Tabitha McCray

 Russell Elementary, Jenna Murchison

 Santa Rosa High/Adult, Melany King

 Santa Rosa Online Academy, Rachel Shoemaker

 Sims Middle, Jordan Bray

 West Navarre Intermediate, Stephanie Vaghy

 West Navarre Primary, Emily Harrington

 Woodlawn Beach Middle, Samantha Welsh

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.