District Celebrates 92 Retiring Employees at Annual Banquet

District Celebrates 92 Retiring Employees at Annual Banquet

The Okaloosa County School District celebrated the retirement of 92 employees at a beautiful luncheon held recently at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Niceville, Florida. Of those retiring, there was 1 School Board member, 3 Administrators, 1 Band Director, 3 Guidance Counselors, 42 Teachers, 5 Paraprofessionals, 4 Bookkeepers, 3 Secretaries, 1 Clerk, 1 Staffing Specialist, 3 Custodians, 1 School FSC Manager, 6 Lunchroom Works/Monitors, 1 Route Coordinator, 2 Transportation Assistants, 7 Bus Drivers, and 8 Maintenance personnel.

Congratulations to our 2019 Retirees:

  • Marcia Allmond, 4th Grade Teacher – Plew ES
  • Shirley Andrews, Music Teacher – Edge ES
  • Wanda Avery, Principal – STEMM
  • Suzzanne Barber, Bookkeeper – Pryor MS
  • Dennise Beachem, Science Teacher – Kenwood ES
  • Jean Bennett, Transportation Assistant – Transportation Central
  • Rebecca Bittakis, 2nd Grade Teacher – Kenwood ES
  • Daniel Bohannon, Assistant Principal – Okaloosa Technical College
  • Gaye Bolton, Paraprofessional – Baker School
  • Amanda Brady, Social Studies – Niceville HS
  • Dennis Brown, Site Based Tech – Maintenance South
  • Carol Brown, Secretary – Laurel Hill School
  • Philip Burke, Bus Driver – Transportation Central
  • Andy Campbell, Science Teacher – Laurel Hill School
  • Linda Castleman, Secretary – School Plant Planning
  • Lastenia Chamberlain, Bus Drivers – Transportation North
  • Anthony Chiarito, Band Director – Baker School
  • Elizabeth Clary, Science Teacher – Pryor MS
  • Jerry Cross, Bus Driver – Transportation North
  • Robin Culbertson, Health Occupation Teacher – Okaloosa Technical College
  • Wanda Culbreth, Social Studies Teacher – Bruner MS
  • Laura Cumbee, Social Studies Teacher – Choctawhatchee HS
  • Betsy Cunningham, 1st Grade Teacher – Riverside ES
  • Don Daniels, Social Studies Teacher – Choctawhatchee HS
  • Celestine Dixon, Paraprofessional – Bruner MS
  • Mike Fantaski, Principal – Lewis School
  • Cesaria Fernandez, Lunchroom Worker – School Food Services
  • Angela Fowler, Bus Driver – Transportation Central
  • Regina Fowler, Transportation Assistant – Transportation North
  • Lana Franzalia, Guidance – Elliott Point ES
  • Dwight Garrett, Foreman – Maintenance South
  • Betty Gober, Lunchroom Worker – School Food Service
  • Shirley Godbold, VE Teacher – Richbourg School
  • Robert Grandstaff, Welder – Maintenance
  • Milta Kay Green, Guidance – Mary Esther ES
  • Joyce Gruber, Science Teacher – Choctawhatchee HS
  • Kathy Harper, English Teacher – Ruckel MS
  • Kris Harris, PE Teacher – Niceville HS
  • Daniel Hart, Custodian – Education Support Services
  • Donna Harvell, 4th Grade Teacher – Bob Sikes ES
  • Sarah Hattaway, Route Coordinator – Transportation South
  • Sandra Hunter, Lunchroom Worker – School Food Services
  • Denise Izumi, Bus Driver – Transportation North
  • Shirley Jackson, Paraprofessional – Meigs MS
  • Walter Jasper, Custodian – Longwood ES
  • Barbara Kieszek, Bookkeeper – Richbourg School
  • James (Rick) Kilpatrick, Foreman – Maintenance
  • Dorothy (Faye) Klumpp, Bookkeeper – Meigs MS
  • Donna Koch, VE Teacher – Silver Sands School
  • Connie Krembel, Business Teacher – Fort Walton Beach HS
  • Beverly Kyte, 1st Grade Teacher – Destin ES
  • Joni Laflamme, 3rd Grade Teacher – Longwood ES
  • Cynthia Laramore, Title I Teacher – Bob Sikes ES
  • John Lewis, Math Teacher – Crestview HS
  • Betty Lindhorst, Music Teacher – Antioch ES
  • Lynda Loosen, Bookkeeper – Antioch ES
  • Carl Maddox, Custodian – Education Support Services
  • Deborah Maksymyk, Title I Teacher – Shalimar ES
  • Glen Mayer, PE Teacher – Ruckel MS
  • Catherine McIntyre, Technical Training Teacher – Instructional Tech/Media
  • Penny McLean, Staffing Specialist – ESE
  • Debra Miller, Bus Driver – Transportation North
  • Michael Miller, Mechanic – Transportation North
  • Barbara Mobley, Lunchroom Worker – School Food Services
  • Martha Morgan, Kindergarten Teacher – Laurel Hill School
  • Deborah Murphy, Guidance – Niceville HS
  • Daniel Nelson, Math Teacher – Pryor MS
  • Lisa Owenby, 1st Grade Teacher – Wright ES
  • Debra Pangle, 1st Grade Teacher – Antioch ES
  • Angela Presley, Bus Driver – Transportation North
  • Cathy Roy, 2nd Grade Teacher, Riverside ES
  • Jennifer Russell, Foreign Language Teacher – Niceville HS
  • Boni Sainz, Lunchroom Worker – School Food Services
  • Donna Salsbury, REM Teacher – Edwins ES
  • Michael Scrivner, 5th Grade Teacher – Plew ES
  • William Segers, Mechanic – Maintenance
  • Lynne Shirley, English Teacher – Fort Walton Beach HS
  • Billy Simmons, Leaderman – Maintenance
  • Charles Smith, School FSC Manager – School Food Services
  • Leonard Smith, Paraprofessional – Walker ES
  • Larry Smith, Site Based Tech – Maintenance Department
  • Mary Stark, Paraprofessional – Plew ES
  • Karen Stockbridge, Science Teacher – Niceville HS
  • Barbara Stricklin, 2nd Grade Teacher – Mary Esther ES
  • Amos Taylor, Math Teacher – Meigs MS
  • Susan Teare, English Teacher – Fort Walton Beach HS
  • Cynthia Touchstone, 4th Grade Teacher – NWF Ballet Academy
  • Brenda Tuncer, 3rd Grade Teacher – Edwins ES
  • Janice Waitman, English Teacher – Crestview HS
  • Rodney Walker, School Board Member – Okaloosa County Schools
  • Judith Watson, 1st Grade Teacher – Shalimar ES
  • Martha Watts, Clerk – Bluewater ES
  • Debra Wyman, Secretary - Maintenanceli>

The luncheon was dedicated in remembrance of those Employees lost this year:

  • Debra Bryant, Custodian, Education Support Services
  • Jan Huntz, Lunchroom Worker, School Food Services
  • Gerald Roper, Teacher, HRLY HB/TP, ESE

Special thanks to the following for their help and support:

  • Pastor David Charlton, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
  • Brand Sanko St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Minister of Music
  • Carl Spring, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Facilities
  • Nutrition Group and Jason Schmitt – Head Chef
  • Terri Cawthon, Walmart – Dessert

To see a photo gallery of this event, please visit the OCSD Facebook page.