Okaloosa County Honors 2014-15 Retirees

On June 5, 2015, the Okaloosa County School District honored it’s 135 retirees at the annual Retiree Luncheon held at the Niceville Community Center. This year’s retiring class has a total of 3,549 years in education with an average tenure of 26.29.  The longest tenure is 42 years and the retiree’s ages range from 52 to 69.  Retirees include: 2 bookkeepers, 1 Clerk, 9 Secretaries, 1 Psychologist, 1 School Board Member, 1 Speech pathologist, 5 Principals, 8 Maintenance workers, 2 Library Assistants, 2 Lunchroom workers, 7 Custodians, 1 Athletic Director, 3 Assistant Principals, 3 Directors, 4 Bus Drivers, 11 Classroom Assistants, 3 Counselors, and 70 Teachers.

Congratulations to the 2014-15 Retirees:

Linda Akin, Accounting and Finance - District Secretary - 42 Years

Mildred Avellanet, Plew Elementary - Foreign Language Teacher - 17 years

James "Pete" Baggett, Maintenance Dept. - Mechanic I - 34 years

Susan Baksa, Riverside Elementary - Lunchroom Worker - 11 years

Jimmy Barrow, Maintenance Dept. – Leaderman - 38 years

Debra Barton, Southside Center - PreK HDC Teacher - 39 years

Teresa Batson, Transportation North - Bus Driver - 25 years

Linda Bedsole, Bruner Middle School - School Clerk - 29 years

Gisele Beldt, Mary Esther Elementary - Kindergarten Teacher - 22 years

Wilford Biggs, Niceville High School - Guidance Counselor - 16 years

Denise Bir, Destin Elementary - Kindergarten Teacher - 35 years

Robert Blasberg, Transportation North - Transportation Asst. - 22 years

Gloria Brannon, Shoal River Middle School - School Secretary - 35 years

William Breitenbeck, Ruckel Middle School - PE Teacher - 38 years

Alice Brown, Silver Sands - CRA, ESE - 21 years

Robert Browning, Bruner Middle School - Vocal Teacher - 9 years

Sharon (Waynelle) Butler, Bruner Middle School - CRA, ESE - 34 years

Susan Campbell, Niceville High School - School Secretary - 12 years

Charles Cawthon, Student Intervention Svcs. - Teacher on Special Assign - 37 years

Randall Chambers, Silver Sands - CRA, ESE 1 on 1 - 11 years

Debra Cole, Ruckel Middle School - Math Teacher - 13 years

Edward Coleman, Meigs Middle School - Assistant Principal - 36 years

Karyn Combs, Elliot Point Elementary - Kindergarten Teacher - 30 years

Charlene Couvillion, Fort Walton Beach High – Principal - 40 years

Dorothy Covey, Niceville High School - Math Teacher - 35 years

Darby Crews, Edge Elementary - 1st Grade Teacher - 20 years

Yun Daffron, Davidson Middle School - Lead Custodian - 14 years

Mary Davis, Longwood Elementary - CRA, PreKD - 17 years

Jill Dickey, Ruckel Middle School - Technology Teacher - 38 years

Carla Dodson, Walker Elementary – Teacher - 13 years

Jacqueline Donahue, Destin Middle School - Custodian II - 10 years

Jennifer Drew, Destin Middle School - Guidance Counselor - 13 years

Janet Eastridge, Transportation North - Bus Driver - 30 years

Glenda Edwards, Northwood Elementary - Kindergarten Teacher - 9 years

David Eglin, Crestview High School - Ind. Ed. Teacher - 16 years

Debra Elmore, Bob Sikes Elementary - Kindergarten Teacher - 39 years

Robin Enos, Elliot Point Elementary - Kindergarten Teacher - 29 years

Cheryl Fantaski, Niceville High School - Math Teacher - 30 years

Carole Flumerfelt, Niceville High School - Science Teacher - 33 years

Lucinda Frakes, Bay Area Office - School Board Member - 16 years

Marilyn Gates, Florosa Elementary - Remediation Teacher - 31 years

Sue Gibson, Destin Elementary - 2nd grade Teacher - 35 years

Janet Gonzales, Longwood Elementary - PreKD Teacher - 23 years

Patricia Goodhart, Shalimar Elementary - Remediation Teacher - 34 years

Mary Grace, Lewis School - Custodian II - 15 years

Ernest Green, Fort Walton Beach High - Assistant Principal - 35 years

James Green, Fort Walton Beach High - Social Studies Teacher - 9 years

Barry Gunn, Choctaw High School - Custodian II - 8 years

Connie Hall, Bluewater Elementary – Principal - 27 years

Lois Handzo, Student Intervention Svcs - Program Director - 26 years

Carol Hansford, Baker School - Kindergarten Teacher - 38 years

Russell Harris III, Lewis School - Science Teacher - 35 years

Francis Harrison, Lewis School - PE Teacher - 28 years

Rhonda Henry, Baker School - Library Assistant - 38 years

Debra Hill, Edge Elementary - 3rd grade teacher - 12 years

Trouretha Henry, Walker Elementary - PE Teacher - 26 years

Herbert Hess, Transportation Central - Bus Driver - 11 years

John Hicks, Niceville High School - Athletic Director - 35 years

Debra Hill, Edge Elementary - 3rd Grade Teacher - 12 years

Maria (Magda) Hinojosa, Edge Elementary - School Secretary - 17 years

Noma Holloway, Baker School - School Secretary - 31 years

Helen Holt, Bruner Middle School - English Teacher - 35 years

Heather Horn, Choctaw High School - Remediation Teacher - 9 years

Deborah Hughes, Choctaw High School - CRA, ESE - 13 years

Patsy Hunter, Longwood Elementary - PreK HDC Teacher - 38 years

Donna Jackson, Plew Elementary - 3rd grade teacher - 17 years

Jennifer Jenkins, Wright Elementary - Remediation Teacher - 9 years

James Johnson, Maintenance Dept. - Grounds II - 19 years

Daniel Johnson, CHOICE - Teacher on Special Assign - 38 years

Elaine Jones, Antioch Elementary - 2nd Grade Teacher - 25 years

Daniel Jureczki, Maintenance Dept. - Heavy Equip Operator - 30 years

Gary Kelly, Maintenance Dept. - Grounds II - 36 years

Jeanine Kirkland, Walker Elementary – Principal - 31 years

 

Paula Knight, Crestview High School - Home Economics Teacher - 30 years

Craig Laberee, Silver Sands - VE Teacher - 25 years

Miriam Laird, Choctaw High School - ESOL Teacher - 35 years

Patricia Lee, Shalimar Elementary - SLD Teacher - 21 years

Victor Long, Crestview High School - Driver's Ed Teacher - 31 years

Evelyn Love, Shoal River Middle School – Bookkeeper - 32 years

Susan Luttrell, Destin Elementary - 2nd grade Teacher - 20 years

Dana Lyons, Elliot Point Elementary - 2nd grade Teacher - 16 years

Marsha Marquardt, Destin Elementary - CRA, K-5 - 10 years

Mary McElvain, Choctaw High School - Foreign Language Teacher - 40 years

Carlotta Melvin, Shoal River Middle School - Math teacher - 21 years

Billy Mikel, CHOICE – Principal - 33 years

Timothy Mills, Meigs Middle School - PE Teacher - 36 years

Hitomi Money, Plew Elementary - Lunchroom Worker - 35 years

Chubbie Moore, Crestview High School - Cleaner

Arthur Morrison, Jr, Fort Walton Beach High - Math Teacher - 19 years

Maxie Mosser, Transportation North - Bus Driver - 35 years

Janet Mynard, Bob Sikes Elementary - 5th grade Teacher - 37 years

Lauri Nahrwold, Bob Sikes Elementary - 1st Grade Teacher - 19 years

Peggy Nejad, Crestview High School - English Teacher - 28 years

Ratana Neldon, Southside Center - CRA, ESE - 35 years

William Nester, Jr., Baker School - Vocational Teacher - 23 years

Julie Nobles, Plew Elementary - 2nd grade Teacher - 36 years

Luanne O'Reilly, DJJ - Transistion Counselor/CRA - 20 years

James Palmer, Risk Management - Program Director - 25 years

Donnette Pester, Wright Elementary - 2nd grade Teacher - 30 years

Kathryn Phillips, Laurel Hill School - Classroom Assistant - 19 years

Linda Pienta, Pryor Middle School - Library Assistant - 24 years

Katie Pollard, Fort Walton Beach High - Math Teacher - 35 years

Kim Radford, Ruckel Middle School - Math Teacher - 37 years

Mary Reid, Longwood Elementary - Guidance Counselor - 34 years

Cynthia Riley, Bob Sikes Elementary - Speech Pathologist - 37 years

Donna Roberts, Antioch Elementary - 5th grade Teacher - 39 years

Renee Rogers, Walker Elementary - Kindergarten Teacher - 35 years

Dawn Sanders, Student Intervention Svcs - School Psychologist - 31 years

Kathy Sellers, Lewis School - English Teacher - 34 years

Perficacion Shaffer, Lewis School – CRA - 29 years

Roland Simmons, DJJ - Alt. Ed Teacher - 9 year

William Smith, Ed Support Services – Director - 35 years

Joan Smith, Choctaw High School - Math Teacher - 32 years

Debra Stephens, Walker Elementary - 2nd grade Teacher - 39 years

Elaine Stewart, Fort Walton Beach High - Reading Teacher - 40 years

Shawnea Tallman, STEMM - Teacher on Special Assign. - 21 years

Chin Taylor, CHOICE - Classroom Assistant - 22 years

Roxanne Tew, Antioch Elementary - 2nd grade teacher - 27 years

Patricia Thomas, Ruckel Middle School - English Teacher - 38 years

Dianne Tipton, Bob Sikes Elementary – Teacher - 11 years

Debra Walker, Antioch Elementary - 2nd grade teacher - 17 years

Elizabeth Walthall, Davidson Middle School – Principal - 27 years

Katie Watson, Silver Sands – Bookkeeper - 32 years

Sujane Weathers, Niceville High School - School Secretary - 26 years

Jerry Weekley, Maintenance Dept. - Plumber I - 33 years

Rhonda Whetstone, Laurel Hill School - Assistant Principal - 10 years

Craig White, Ruckel Middle School - Lead Custodian - 14 years

Douglas (Dwayne) Wiley, Maintenance Dept. - Site Based Technician - 16 years

Linda Winthurst, Bruner Middle School - School Secretary - 30 years

Ted Wojciechowski, Bruner Middle School, Lead Custodian - 24 years

Rowena Wood, Lewis School - SLD Teacher - 36 years

Valerie Wooten, Food Services - District Secretary - 27 years

Betty Zingaretti, Chief Financial Officer - Admin. Assistant - 37 years

Jeffrey Zuraff, Crestview High School - Math Teacher - 30 years

 

In Remembrance of:

Giro Bbrigante, Walker Elementary - Lunchroom Monitor

Andrew Brunson, Maintenance - Heavy Equipment Operator

Michael Foxworthy, Human Resources - Chief Officer  

Meg Paige, Riverside Elementary - Kindergarten Teacher

 

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