School Board Approves New Administrators
The Okaloosa County School Board approved the following new administrators at the April 22, 2019, School Board Meeting: Jeff Moore, Human Resources Investigations; Jeff Palmer, Director I, Secondary Education; Gary Massey, Principal, Bruner Middle School; Tracy Lamb, Principal, Meigs Middle School; Brandon Donaldson, Choctawhatchee High School, Assistant Principal; and Jerry Payne, Foreman, Maintenance.
Jeff Moore – Human Resources Investigations
Jeff Moore grew up in Fayetteville, GA and began his Law Enforcement career working for the City of College Park Police Department where he received several commendations for his excellent service and outstanding character. After moving to Florida with his family, he continued his Law Enforcement career with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. With over 12 years in law enforcement experience, he has responded to various emergencies, conducted hundreds of investigations, and has accumulated over one thousand hours of law enforcement training. Most recently, he has served the last five years in the School Resource Officer unit serving Longwood Elementary, Edge Elementary, and Ruckel Middle School.
Jeff is happily married to his wife Ashley, and they have five children. They attend and volunteer at Calvary Baptist Church where Jeff also serves as an usher. He is also currently attending Faith Bible Institute.
Jeff Palmer – Director I, Secondary Education
Jeff Palmer is a product of the Okaloosa County School district having attended Oakland Heights Elementary School, Bruner Junior High School and then graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School in 1979. He is in his 28th year of working for Okaloosa Schools. He has served as a math teacher, a coach, an Assistant Principal at Choctawhatchee HS, the Principal at Mary Esther Elementary School, the Principal of Pryor Middle School and the Principal of Niceville High School. He has spent the past 3 years serving as the Elementary Curriculum Director for the district.
Jeff is married to his beautiful wife Sandy, who retired from Okaloosa Schools after 31 years and he has two children, Lindsay (married to Tyler) and Paul-Allen both of whom graduated from Choctawhatchee HS. Jeff experienced a life-changing event six months ago when he became the proud grandfather of Tucker Maxey.
Jeff is active in Beachside Community Church and loves being able to contribute to the Okaloosa community.
Gary Massey – Principal, Bruner Middle School
Gary Massey moved to the area in 1985 where he attended and graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School in 1989. He went on to receive a Bachelors Degree and later Masters Degree at the University of West Florida in Educational Leadership. Gary taught for 8 years before entering administration. As an administrator Gary has served as:
- Assistant Principal at Destin Elementary (split with RMS)
- Assistant Principal at Ruckel Middle School (split with DES)
- Temporary Principal of Eglin Elementary in place of deployed principal
- Principal of Bob Sikes Elementary
- Principal of Mary Esther Elementary
- Principal of Shoal River Middle School
This transfer to Bruner Middle School is uplifting to many besides Gary due to his family connections to Bruner Middle School. Gary’s wife Dawn, their two boys James and Justin (both now in college), Holly his sister in law and his nephews Pearson and Lavin are all former, current or future Spartans.
"It is bittersweet to leave the fantastic family I have at Shoal River Middle School," said Massey. "However, I am so excited to come back home to Fort Walton Beach, follow in the footsteps of former Bruner Principal legends, and lead Bruner Middle School. Go Spartans!"
Tracy Lamb – Principal, Meigs Middle School
After earning a Biology degree from the College of William and Mary, Tracey began her education career in 1995 as a high school science teacher in Virginia. After moving to Okaloosa County in 2000, she accepted a middle school science position at Richbourg Middle School. There she served as the Science Department Chair and worked with Northwest Florida AHEC and Florida State University’s College of Medicine to successfully pilot Okaloosa County’s SSTRIDE program.
In 2005, Tracey earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University. She spent 11 years serving as a school counselor for Baker School, Shoal River Middle School, and Riverside Elementary. During this time, Tracey served on her schools’ Leadership Teams, as well as the district’s Pupil Progression Committee and MTSS Committee. In 2015, after earning her second Master’s Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in Educational Leadership, she has spent the last 3 years as Assistant Principal of Curriculum & Instruction at Meigs Middle School.
Tracey lives in Crestview with her 7th-grade daughter Maddie.
Brandon Donaldson – Choctawhatchee High School, Assistant Principal
Brandon Donaldson is a proud product of the Okaloosa County school system. He attended Valparaiso Elementary School, Lewis Middle School, and graduated from Niceville High School. Following high school, Donaldson attended Troy University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Social Science Education in 2005. He taught for one year in Fairhope, Alabama, then returned home to Lewis Middle School in 2006. After three years, he transferred to Fort Walton Beach High School before returning to Lewis School in 2012.
In 2015, Brandon transferred to Niceville High School. At each stop along the way, he has gained valuable experience that has prepared him for the challenges of leadership. Over the course of his career, Donaldson has taught World History, Geography, Civics, U.S. History, P.E. and Literature. He also spent his afternoons and evenings coaching football, weightlifting, soccer, and track.
In 2018, Donaldson completed his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida. Married to his supportive wife, Amanda, they have two wonderful children, William, age 6, and Lilly, age 2.
Jerry Payne - Forman, Maintenance
Jerry Payne has worked in the Okaloosa County School District for over 30 years. He has been a part of the Maintenance Department for 15 years, 6 of those as a Heavy Equipment Operator and the past 9 as a Leaderman.
Married to his wife, Sharon, they have 5 wonderful children. Jerry is a graduate of Fort Walton Beach High School and a member of Beulah Baptist Church in Fort Walton Beach. He enjoys spending time with his family, bowling and fishing.