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School Board Approves New Administrators 6.27.16

At the June 27th School Board meeting Brooke Barron was named the Principal at Pryor Middle School, Julie Dillon was named the Assistant Principal Destin Middle School, and Bill Smith was named the Specialist, Custodial Services.

Brooke Barron - Principal at Pryor Middle School

Picture of Brooke Barron, Principal of Pryor MS, with her family and school administrators.

Brooke Barron is a product of the Okaloosa County School District and is a life-long educator. She attended New Heights Elementary, Shalimar Elementary, Meigs Jr. High, and graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in 1985. After attending the University of Alabama and the University of West Florida, she graduated with a degree in English Education and went to work immediately at Choctawhatchee High School where she taught English and Intensive Reading for twenty-two years. In 2011, she received her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Troy University and for the last four years, she has been an Assistant Principal at Choctawhatchee High School, overseeing Curriculum and Instruction.

She is the daughter of the late Judge G. Robert and Marlene Barron. Brooke has two children, Drew Lord, who is an attorney living in Pensacola, and Haley Lord, who is completing her last year of college at the University of West Florida.

Julie Dillon - Assistant Principal Destin Middle School

Picture of Julie Dillon, Assistant Principal Destin MS, with her family and school administrators.

Julie Dillon began her educational career ten years ago as a 5th grade teacher at Liza Jackson Preparatory School.  While at Liza Jackson, Julie taught 4th and 5th grades, and ELA to 1st through 5th grades.  Four years ago, Julie moved to Edge Elementary School to teach 4th grade.

Dillon is a Florida native, growing up in Lakeland, Florida. She attended Okaloosa Walton Community College and the University of West Florida where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.  This past year, Julie earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the American College of Education. Julie is certified in Elementary Education K-6, Educational Leadership K-12, and has her ESOL Endorsement.

Julie is married to Rico Dillon, who is retired from Eglin Air Force Base.  He continues to work in the aircraft industry.  Julie has one son, Cole Howell, who is a graduate of Crestview High School.   Cole will be attending Northwest Florida State College next year and plans to pursue a degree in physics. Julie is step-mother to three beautiful daughters.  Kayla graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing.  Alexis will be a junior at Crestview High School, where she is on the color guard.  Hannah will be in 8th grade at Shoal River Middle School where she is a member of the volleyball team.

Julie is a passionate educator and believes in engaging students to become lifelong learners.  She believes that all stakeholders contribute to the success of students.  Julie is excited to join the team at Destin Middle School. 

Bill Smith – Specialist, Custodial Services

Bill Smith attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Science, Health and Physical Education.  He attended the University of West Florida where he received his Specialist Degree in Education and his Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership and Facilities.

Smith has a broad-based education background, significant experience as a Builder-Developer, a strong record of cost-effective operations management, extensive knowledge of State and Federal building, construction, health and safety laws, and extensive Educational Administration Experience in Facilities Maintenance and Planning, Finance, Budgeting, Purchasing, Human Resources, Instructional Technology, and New Construction.

Bill has been very involved in the community and has served in numerous key leadership positions such as City of Niceville Mayor Pro tem and Council Member, FEFPA President, Okaloosa County Director of Growth Management, Chairman of the Okaloosa District Planning and Growth Committee, and Member of the Florida Smart School Clearing House Review Committee. He is married to Dr. Diane Kelley, a retired School Administrator, and has a son, Ryan Smith, who is a Lombardi Scholar, an Anderson Scholar University of Florida, and a Ph.D student at John Hopkins School of Medicine in Biomedical Engineering.