School Board Approves New Principals

Lorna Carnley was named principal of Walker Elementary School and Jay Sanders named principal of Davidson Middle School at the May 27th Okaloosa County School Board Meeting.

Lorna Carnley – Principal of Walker Elementary School

Lorna Carnley is a product of Okaloosa County Schools.  I attended Florosa Elementary School, Max Bruner Jr. High School, and graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School in 1985.  I earned my Bachelor's Degree from University of West Florida in 1990 and my Master's Degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2001.  She has been an educator in Okaloosa County since 1992. 

“At Baker School, I taught many different grade levels and subjects in both elementary and middle school.  I taught for nineteen years in the classroom, then was a TSA, Assistant Principal 6-12 grade, and have been the assistant principal at Walker Elementary school for the past two years.  I hold certifications in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Educational Leadership, Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum and School Principal,” said Lorna.

Lorna is married to David Carnley, a teacher and coach at Davidson Middle School.  They have three children and one grandson.   Their oldest daughter, Heather, is a graduate of Baker School and a teacher at Davidson, son, Hunter, is in the 11th grade at Baker School, and their daughter, Hanna, is in the 10th grade at Baker School.  Their grandson, Easton, is in 1st grade at Walker.  Both of Carnley’s parents are retired from the Okaloosa County School System.

Jay Sanders Named Principal of Davidson Middle School

“I am proud to say I am product of the Okaloosa County School District.  As a student at Bob Sikes Elementary, Richbourg Junior High and Crestview High School I gained a firm foundation to carry me to the many places I have been,” said Sanders.

Jay began his teaching career in 1993 teaching sixth grade math at Baker School.  After spending three years at Baker, he moved to Richbourg Middle School and then on to Davidson Middle School.  He transferred to Crestview High School in 1999 where he would teach Geometry, Drop Out Prevention and Advanced Placement Economics.  He also served as assistant to the athletic director. 

Sanders was named Teacher of the Year in 2011 and in 2013 was named the Dean of Students at Baker School.  He became an Assistant Principal at Baker School in 2014.  

“As a coach,  I led the Richbourg Middle School boys basketball team to two County Championships, the Crestview High School Girls basketball team to  its first District Championship in more than twenty years, the Cross Country team at Crestview to State six years in a row, and  I coached the first undefeated ninth grade football team at Crestview,” said Sanders.  “I believe educating students requires you to motivate students, making them do more than they believe they can.  It is about instilling in them a work ethic and sense of pride.  It means taking care of the small details in order to be successful. Most of all whether you are in the classroom, on the field, or in the front office, it is about giving it your best and always doing what is right for the students.”

Jay holds a Bachelor degree in Business from Troy University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at Arlington.  He has been married to Stephanie Sanders for twenty eight years and they have two children, Matt and Jacey. 

“My career has brought me full circle, and I am proud to say I am once again a Davidson Panther!” said Sanders.