School Board Names New Administrators

John Spolski was named the new Principal of Fort Walton Beach High School, Henry Kelley was named Program Director for Community Affairs, and Teri Schroeder was named Program Director of Student Services at the December 8, 2014 School Board Meeting.  Cynthia Hudson was named the new Principal of Bruner Middle School, Joe Jannazo was named the Assistant Principal at Choctawhatchee High School, Gary Taylor was named the Assistant Principal for Davidson Middle School, and Sheila Lightbourne was named Director I Secondary Curriculum at the January 12, 2015 School Board Meeting.

John Spolski - Principal of Fort Walton Beach High School

A Fort Walton Beach resident, John Spolski has lived in the Panhandle for the last 24 years.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Cellular/Molecular Biology from University of West Florida in 1993 and his Master of Science degree in Education Leadership from the University of West Florida in 2000.

Spolski is in his 21st year working in the district having taught science and later was the Technology Coordinator at Choctawhatchee High School.  He coached tennis and freshmen football at Choctawhatchee and sponsored service clubs until he became an Assistant Principal in 2001.  In 2006, he was appointed as the principal of Max Bruner Jr. Middle School.  John holds a Professional Florida Teaching Certificate from the DOE in Biological Science 6-12 and School Principal (All Levels).   He is on the board of directors and serves as a regional Professional Development trainer for the Florida Association of School Administrators (FASA).

John has been married to his wife Bridget (who runs the Corner Cafe) for almost 19 years.  Together they have two wonderful children; Alayna and Laura, both of whom attend Okaloosa Schools.  The whole family enjoys outdoor time together on and near the water along the Coast.

Spolski will replace Charlene Couvillon who will be retiring in March 2015.

Henry Kelley - Program Director for Community Affairs

Henry Kelley is a product of Okaloosa's school system, having attended Fort Walton Beach High School, Bruner Middle School, and Edwins Elementary schools.   He has an MBA from Rollins College in Orlando, FL, and a BA from the University of Florida.  He served as an Army officer, earning a Bronze Star during Desert Storm.

He has worked for a variety of Fortune 500 companies including Disney World and Wyndham Vacation Resorts, where he managed over 400 employees as a division Vice resident.  Currently he farms and owns a winery in Baker, FL, as well as ownership in a pharmaceutical company.  Additionally, he works with Federal, State and local governments on a variety of issues.

Teri Schroeder - Program Director of Student Services

Teri Schroeder (second from left) was born and raised in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.  She is the daughter of retried Okaloosa County educators, Ed and Elaine Eubanks.  She is a product of the Okaloosa County School District, attending Longwood Elementary, Kenwood Elementary, Pryor Junior High School and graduating as senior class president from Choctawhatchee High School.  She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from The University of Southern Mississippi and a Master’s in Education Leadership from American College of Education.

Schroeder began her career as a Registered Nurse in Critical Care at Baptist Hospital in Pensacola.  Her other nursing positions include White Wilson Medical Center Pediatrics,  Supervisor and Discharge Planner for several local home health care agencies, and Private Practice for Dr. Rafael Gomez. 

Teri began her path in education after the Schroeder family moved to Central Florida.  As part of The School District of Osceola County, she was named the district’s first Exceptional Student Education District Nurse, overseeing the health care plans and training of the district’s staff for over 8,000 ESE students.  In this role, she established the ESE Health Care Program and Manual, supervised school clinic staff and specifically assigned LPNs and acted as liaison between the school district and area health care providers.  She was given the opportunity to move into the classroom setting as a teacher and in doing so established the district’s first CAPE Career Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.  She became a mentor teacher to the district’s other Health Science programs and in doing so was moved to the district office as a Career and Technical Education Program Specialist / Resource Teacher.  In this role, she played an integral part in establishing the Osceola School District / University of Central Florida’s School of Medicine Medical Pipeline Collaborative, a program that fostered exploration opportunities for all students with an interest in the health care industry, at all levels of entry into the field. 

Married to fellow educator, coach, and Okaloosa County native, Karl Schroeder, Teri and Karl have three children, Lauren, a first grade teacher at Mossy Head Elementary, Hans, a junior majoring in Microbiology at The University of South Florida, and Leeah, a senior at Walton High School.

Cynthia Hudson – Principal of Bruner Middle School

Cynthia Hudson (second from right) was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, and is a graduate of Escambia High School.  Cynthia graduated from the University of West Florida, and Roosevelt University and is currently in the final phase of her doctoral program. 

Hudson has served as a classroom teacher primarily teaching in elementary and middle grades. She served as a teacher support specialist, high school assistant principal, high school principal, and assistant superintendent. Currently, Cynthia is serving as an administrator at Crestview High School leading the Guidance Department and working closely with the principal, other administrators, faculty and staff.

She is married to Patrick Hudson and they have a son, Brady and daughter, Tyler.

Joe Jannazo - Assistant Principal, Choctawhatchee HS

Joe Jannazo (second from right) is an alumni of Choctawhatchee High School and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs and Political Science from Florida State University.  He also has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida.

While a student at Choctawhatchee, Joe earned his IB diploma and participated in soccer, track, cross county, and tennis.  After graduating from Florida State, he worked in the medical field for two years before earning teaching certifications to start his career in education.

For the last five years, Jannazo has worked as a teacher and coach at Pryor Middle School as well as a Dean of Students at Choctawhatchee High School.  He has taught Advanced American History, Introduction to Aviation, Introduction to Engineering, Introduction to Meteorology, Introduction to Robotics, Introduction to IT, and Introduction to Graphic Arts.  In 2012, he was awarded Aviation Teacher of the Year by the Hurlburt Air Force Association.  

While teaching, Joe also had the opportunity to coach football, girls’ soccer, baseball, and golf. He has been happily married to his wonderfully supportive wife, Jenna, an RN at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, for three years and has two young and active children: Braden, age 7, who is a 2nd grader at Destin Elementary School, and Kate, age 4, who attends the 4-K program at First Baptist Child Development Center.  

Jannazo is extremely excited to return home to Choctawhatchee High School, home of the Big Green Indians!

Gary Taylor - Assistant Principal for Davidson

Gary Taylor (second from right) is a graduate of Crestview High School.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Grades English and Social Science from the University of West Florida and received his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Beginning his teaching career in the Okaloosa County School District 10 years ago, Gary has taught English at the middle school and high school level and social science at the middle school level at Baker School.  While at Baker, he served as a football, basketball and baseball coach. His desire is to be able to ignite a passion for education in his students.

Taylor has been married to Donna Pettis Taylor, a teacher at Bob Sikes Elementary School, for 30 years.  They have four children: Ross 28, Kelsey 24, Andrea 23, and Jonathon 22, as well as nieces Madison 17, and Isabella Cain 14, whom they are raising.  All their children are graduates or are currently attending Okaloosa County School.  Gary and his family reside in Crestview.

Gary is honored with the appointment to assistant principal at Davidson Middle School and is committed to the students, parents, faculty, staff and administration at Davidson.

Sheila Lightbourne - Director I Secondary Curriculum

Sheila Lightbourne (second from right) has been a resident of Shalimar, Florida since 1987.  She and her husband, Michael, have two children, Michelle and Michael, as well as a beautiful grandson named Miles.

Sheila received a Bachelor of Science degree in Science Education from the University of South Florida in 1983.  That year, she took her first teaching job at Hillsborough High School in Tampa where she served on a committee to develop the marine biology curriculum for the district.

After she moved to Okaloosa County, Shelia took a teaching job in the science department at Choctawhatchee High School.  While in the science department, she taught chemistry as well as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses.  She served as the Science Department Chairperson and served on Florida Department of Education committees to develop scoring rubrics and levels for the science FCAT.  During this time Sheila was also selected as a Sunshine State Scholar science teacher by the state of Florida.

In 2000, Sheila received a Master’s in Education Leadership from the University of West Florida.  In 2001, she took a position with the Okaloosa District Office as a curriculum specialist.  In that position her duties included K-12 science and math specialist, AP and IB coordinator, AVID District Director, and College Board liaison.  She also assisted in the creation of the district Pupil Progression Plan and the SACS accreditation documents.  She worked closely with elementary, middle and high school teachers in the selection of instructional materials for schools.

In May, 2006, Sheila returned to Choctawhatchee High School as assistant principal for curriculum where she developed an extensive staff development program.

By January of 2007, Sheila was selected as the Principal of Shalimar Elementary School and in 2012, Sheila was selected as the Florida Reading association Elementary Principal Reading Leader of the year.  In February of 2012 Sheila was selected as the Director of Middle School Curriculum for the Okaloosa County School District.