School Board Approves New Administrators

At the May 23rd School Board meeting, Charlie Marello was named the Principal at Niceville High School,  Dan Bohannon named the Assistant Principal of Okaloosa Technical College and CHOICE High School, and Suzanne Boyd was named the Assistant Principal at Kenwood Elementary School.

Charlie Marello – Principal of Niceville High School

Picture of Charlie Marello, Principal of NHS

Charlie Marello has been a resident of Niceville for 30+ years. He is a graduate of Niceville High School, Okaloosa Walton Community College, and The University of West Florida.  He served his first fifteen years in education in the Walton County School District progressing from a teacher and coach, to a teacher on assignment with administrative duties, to an assistant principal and then Principal of Emerald Coast Middle School (ECMS).  ECMS earned an A+ school of excellence rating every year during Marello's three year tenure as principal.

In 2013, Marello joined Team Okaloosa and accepted the Principal position at Destin Middle School (DMS).  DMS has been an A+ school of excellence ever year during Marello’s three year term there, as well.

Marello’s wife, Allison, is an English teacher at Niceville High School.  Their children, Brock and Sara, are students at Plew Elementary School.

Dan Bohannon – Assistant Principal of Okaloosa Technical College and CHOICE High School

Picture of Dan Bohannon, AP OTC& CHOICE HS

Dan Bohannon has a Bachelor’s of Science in Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Master’s of Education from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He also holds an Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University.

Dan moved to Okaloosa County School District from Newberry HS (just outside of Gainesville, Florida).  He began working at Fort Walton Beach High School in August 1994 and taught Biology.  He has been a Dean of Students for the past eight years and recently became the Assistant Principal in October of 2015.  Bohannon was a baseball coach for 32 years, a football coach for 17 and a golf coach for 7 years.

Bohannon has been married to Kaethe for 36 wonderful years.  They have two daughters Danielle and Dana, who are both Fort Walton Beach High School graduates, a son in law, Brandon Adams, and Grandson, Nolan, who is 1 year and 1 month.   Dan’s mother, Gloria Bohannon, resides in Bob Hope village and she was married to his father for nearly sixty years, Dan’s father was a Korea and Vietnam veteran and taught school for twenty years.

Suzanne Boyd – Assistant Principal of Kenwood Elementary School

Picture of Suzanne Boyd, AP Kenwood ES

Suzanne Boyd is a native Okaloosa and a product of our outstanding school system, having started kindergarten in what is now the Bay Area School Board Office. She attended Edwins Elementary School, Elliott Point Elementary School, Bruner Middle School, and Fort Walton Beach High School.  As long as she can remember, she wanted to be a teacher and never wavered from that goal.  

In 1988, Suzanne graduated with honors from University of West Florida with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education.  She returned quickly to continue her education, earning her Master’s Degree, again with honors, in Educational Leadership in 1993.  Over the course of her career, she has been a 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teacher.  Suzanne was one of the early participants in the Project CHILD classroom, where she primarily taught Language Arts.  She later served as a resource teacher, a media specialist, and finally as an assistant principal at Wright Elementary.  The Wright students and staff will always hold a special place in her heart, but Suzanne is excited to begin the next chapter of her career at Kenwood Elementary.  

Suzanne is married to Larry, and they have two children, Mackenzie and Andrew, both of whom have attended our district schools.  While neither of her parents are still with us, she knows that they would be so proud tonight - education was the number one priority while growing up, and she enjoys serving as a role model and support for our students today.