Teacher of the Year

Santa Rosa Education Foundation administers the Florida Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year Program for the Santa Rosa School District. This program celebrates the contributions of classroom teachers who demonstrate a superior capacity to inspire a love of learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities. Since its inception in 1988, the program continues to be a prestigious honor drawing participation from Florida’s 72 public school districts and other institutions.

Santa Rosa County is blessed with one of the finest school districts in the state of Florida. Over 1,850 teachers dedicate their days to ensure that the district’s 25,000 plus students are inspired to reach their full potential.  Year after year, these educators and students prove their success by ranking as a top district throughout the state in academics. Santa Rosa County’s high performing school system positively impacts its ability to attract new businesses and families.

Each October, every school selects a nominee for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year. The nominees are carefully chosen to represent a passion for learning, innovation, inspiration, and the expectation of excellence held as the goal for Santa Rosa Schools. From this exceptional group, one teacher is selected as Santa Rosa’s nominee for Florida Teacher of the Year.

Santa Rosa Education Foundation hosts the annual Golden Apple Celebration to honor Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year nominees and celebrate all of our dedicated educators in the Santa Rosa School District.  For more information about the Golden Apple Celebration, click here.

2021 Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year 
Elizabeth Mann, Oriole Beach Elementary

Oriole Beach Elementary Principal Josh McGrew, Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year 2021 Elizabeth Mann, Santa Rosa Superintendent of Schools Tim Wyrosdick

2022 Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year Nominees

Julian Glover, Avalon Middle
Brittany Buchanan, Bagdad Elementary
Jennifer Hoggatt, Berryhill Elementary
Kendal Crow, Central
Penny Bott, Chumuckla Elementary
Amanda Failing, D.A. Dillon Center
Brooke Neal, S.S. Dixon Intermediate
Falen Haddy, S.S. Dixon Primary
Chafan Marsh, East Milton Elementary
Tricia Coady, Gulf Breeze Elementary
Ashley Turner, Gulf Breeze High
Shelley Bielenda, Gulf Breeze Middle
Stephanie Mainer, Hobbs Middle
Annie Scott, Holley-Navarre Intermediate
Daniel Schmidt, Holley-Navarre Middle
Kaytlyn Hall, Holley-Navarre Primary
Angel Stinnett, T.R. Jackson Pre-K Center
Christy Resmondo, Jay Elementary
Desi Lee, Jay High
Keerstin Blankenbeck, King Middle
Kimi Gillis, Locklin Technical College
Kenya Longmire, Milton High
Ian Turoff, Navarre High
Brooke Williams, Oriole Beach Elementary
Melissa Williams, Pace High
Jessica Pollard, Pea Ridge Elementary
Abigail Work, W.H. Rhodes Elementary
Amanda Black, B.C. Russell Elementary
Amy Hagler, Santa Rosa High/Adult
Jennifer Joyner, Santa Rosa Online Academy
Heather Boddy, T.L. Sims Middle
Janet Bryan, West Navarre Intermediate
Stacy Durham, West Navarre Primary
Jennifer Hensley, Woodlawn Beach Middle