Edge Welcomes New Assistant Principal
Dr. Susan A. Spears
Dr. Spears has been an educator in the Okaloosa County School District for more than 25 years. Over the course of her career she has served as a third, fourth and fifth grade classroom teacher. While in the classroom she had the opportunity to supervise many college-level practicum students and student teachers, as well as mentor new teachers to Okaloosa County. After receiving a Reading Endorsement from the State of Florida, Dr. Spears served as a literacy coach at a K-12 school where she presented professional development sessions and worked with teachers to implement reading strategies within a balanced literacy framework. Later, she developed and implemented a K-5 Hands-on-Math program designed to help students master mathematics standards through a tactile manner in which they used only hands-on materials to gain a better understanding of math concepts as demonstrated by an increase in overall student math performance. Dr. Spears’ most current position has been that of a district math coach. In this capacity she has been responsible for working with teachers during the planning, implementation, and reflection phases of their instruction. She has also been responsible for developing and presenting professional development sessions related to math instruction at several school sites and at the district level. In addition to her instructional duties Dr. Spears has served on many school-based and district level committees such as interview committees, the Professional Development Steering Committee and the Instructional Coach Steering Committee.
Dr. Spears earned her Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of West Florida in 2012. Her focus of study for this program was the effects of one-to-one technology on student performance. In 2013 she earned a second Masters’ of Education degree from the University of West Florida. The focus for this program was Educational Leadership.
Dr. Spears is the daughter of CMSGT (ret.) and Mrs. Bennis F. Whitaker. She has been married to her husband Fred for 37 years. They have two grown children and two precious grandchildren, Brock Daniel and Lily-Kate.
ATTENTION TIGER FAMILIES! We have been busy all summer getting ready for school to begin and we’re excited about another fantastic year at Edge Elementary School!.
Edge Elementary Back-to-School Orientation will be held Thursday, August 14 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome! Please come meet the teachers and drop off supplies from 9:00-10:00, and join us for a “What’s New?” assembly in the MPR at 10:00 a.m. We have missed you and can’t wait to get started for 2014-15!
Teacher assignments will be mailed to homes the week of August 4, so watch your mailbox. School supply lists are on the Edge website and are also available at local Walmart and Target stores. Bus schedules are available on the Okaloosa Schools web site and printed in the Northwest Florida Daily News closer to the beginning of school. If you have questions, please call us in the office. We’ll see you very soon!
Dr. Samantha Dawson, Principal
We are an "A"school again!!! Way to go TIGERS!!
Parents of children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2014, are asked to register their children for 2014-2015 school year. Florida law provides that any child who will be 5 on or before September 1st is eligible for kindergarten that school year. It is extremely important that new kindergarten students be registered beginning March 10 for the fall (August) school opening. Classes will be formed, teachers assigned, and materials ordered on the basis of student enrollment.
Registration for kindergarten may be completed at any time during the regular school day at the school zoned for the child’s neighborhood. To complete the registration process, parents must present proof of the child’s age (birth certificate), a Florida certificate of immunization, a social security card, and a school physical dated no later than twelve months prior to the first day of school. Further information may be obtained by calling the schools or the School Board Administration at 850-833-4208.