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School Board Approves New Administrators 2.13.17

At the February 13, 2016 School Board meeting Heather Graham-Williams was named the Assistant Principal at Bruner Middle School, Amy Dale was named the Math Curriculum Specialist, and Timothy Duffey was named the Route Coordinator for Transportation North.

Heather Graham-Williams – Assistant Principal at Bruner Middle School

Picture of Heather Graham Williams at School Board Meeting

Heather Williams began her career in education fifteen years ago as a technology teacher in Grand Junction, Colorado. After relocating to Okaloosa County in 2004, she taught US and World History at Okaloosa Academy before joining the faculty at Northwood Elementary School in 2005.  While at Northwood, Heather taught both 4th and 5th grade before transitioning into a Title I reading position last year. 

During her time at Northwood, Williams has served as the School Advisory Council President, Professional Development Coordinator, and Grade Level Chair.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Heather has taught ESOL courses through the district for teachers working toward certification or endorsement.

Williams was born and raised in Colorado where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Minor in History.  This past summer, Heather earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida.  She holds certifications in Elementary Education (K-6), Social Science (6-12), ESOL (K-12) and Educational Leadership (K-12).

She is married to Matthew Williams, an applications engineer for Kennametal.  They have three children: Jordyn, Bradyn, and Ava.  Jordyn (17) is a senior at Crestview High School and plans to join the Air Force after graduation.  Bradyn (15) is a sophomore at Crestview High School, and Ava (3) is anxiously awaiting for her turn to start Pre-K next year. 

Amy Dale – Math Curriculum Specialist

Picture of Amy Dale and family at School Board meeting.

A former Antioch Aviator, Amy Dale can now say she is living the words of the school’s motto: “Navigating beyond your horizon” after being named Okaloosa County’s Math Specialist for Elementary.

Mrs. Dale graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, earned her Master’s Degree focusing on the Art of Teaching from Grand Canyon University, and is a National Board Certified Teacher.

She spent 8 years as a classroom teacher at Antioch Elementary. With the encouragement of her administrators, retired principal Glenda Robinson and Wanda Avery, now at STEMM, she took on the role of District Elementary Math Coach in 2013.

Her husband Steve’s 21-year Air Force career moved them coast to coast, from South Carolina to California, where she taught second and third grades. For the past 15 years, she and her family have called Crestview, Florida home. Okaloosa County schools are the only schools her three children, Katy, Jake, and Patrick, have attended. After teaching in multiple school districts outside of Florida, she and her husband wanted them to finish their K-12 education in the ‘Best Schools in Florida’-Okaloosa County!

Mrs. Dale believes an education should empower a child and help him or her make a positive contribution to their local community equally important to the global community. In her new role, she looks forward to continuing to build relationships and fostering a positive mathematical mindset in all 23 elementary schools to support educators to reach, teach, and engage their students in mathematics.

Timothy Duffey – Route Coordinator for Transportation North

Picture of Tim Duffey at School Board meeting

Tim Duffey began with Okaloosa County as a Bus Operator. He comes to Okaloosa County Transportation Department from an Electrical Engineering background where he helped design turn-key rapid transit systems, massive mining projects, water and waste water treatment plants, and even the electrical aspects of the facility design for the Lockheed F-22 Advanced Tactical Fighter Composite Manufacturing Center.

Tim’s goal for Transportation North is to streamline much of the daily operation and paperwork including the optimizing of bus routes with new routing software. Tim is active in the community and is a people person. He believes that building the best Transportation Team will ensure the safest transportation while providing each team member with an enjoyable and fulfilling career.  

A bi-vocational Baptist pastor, Tim has been married for thirty nine years to Patricia Fran Powers and they have four grown children, two sons and two daughters with the two boys presently serving in the military.  He has five grandchildren with two attending school in the Okaloosa County School District and riding Okaloosa County school buses.