School Board Approves New Administrators

The Okaloosa County School Board approved the following new Administrators at the December 9, 2019, School Board Meeting: Courtney Huffstutler, Human Resources (HR) Specialist and Kelly Hayes named Principal for the Okaloosa Technical College (OTC).

Courtney Huffstutler Named Human Resources Specialist

Courtney Huffstutler Named Human Resources Specialist

Courtney Huffstutler graduated from Jacksonville State University in 2005 with a degree in Business Management and moved into Management with Walmart. Within a few years, she discovered her passion for people and moved into Training and Development and then transitioned to Human Resources Management. She has spent the past 7 years as a Human Resources Manager supporting 2 districts and over 20 stores. She has earned and maintained the Professional Human Resources certification to continue learning and enhancing her competencies. With various management and administrative roles, she brings knowledge of Human Resource laws and hiring standards. She is excited to join the Okaloosa County School District as a support Human Resources Professional and grow her capabilities to benefit school personnel.

Huffstutler married her husband, Aaron, in 2011 and moved to Crestview in 2012. They have 2 boys, Colton – 6 and Chase – 3. Colton attends Antioch Elementary School. She is an active member in the Crestview Rotary Club and enjoys supporting the local community.

Kelly Hayes Named Principal of the Okaloosa Technical College (OTC)

Kelly Hayes Named Principal of the Okaloosa Technical College (OTC)

Kelly Hayes has been an Okaloosa County educator since 1997. Currently serving as an Assistant Principal/Assistant Director at Okaloosa Technical College (OTC), Kelly has taken a dive into not only Career and Technical Education (CTE), but also into educating adults in Career and Technical Education. In order to find a path for the most success in CTE, she has earned a certification in Career and Technical Education Leadership. In addition, she has received training in dropout prevention. As her project for certification, she worked to build a successful program called Twilight for students over the age of 18 who left high school without earning a diploma.

Hayes is also a former Crestview High School Dean of discipline, English teacher and department head, cheerleading coach, softball coach, and club sponsor. In her time as English Department Chair at Crestview High school, she also served on committees working for the Florida Department of Education developing an alignment of standards from the elementary through the high school level. In addition, Kelly served for five years on the DOE’s Item Review, Passage Review, and Rangefinder committees for FCAT and FCAT 2.0.

Hayes earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Francis Marion University in her home state of South Carolina and her Master’s Degree at the University of Texas at Arlington. She held teaching positions in Georgia and South Carolina before moving to Florida in 1992 and beginning her Florida career with a 5- year stint in Walton County prior to making the transition to Okaloosa County.

Hayes has been married to Terry, a retired U.S. Air Force employee, for almost 36 years (Christmas Eve), and together they have one son, Trey, who is married to Whitney Buckelew Hayes. She has three grandchildren, Hudson, Molly Kate, and Hadley, who definitely hold big pieces of her heart. Kelly believes that teaching students to work, to plan, to practice, and to learn new things daily is a key to success. Finally, she witnesses the positive effects of career and technical education and industry certifications in student lives, the local workforce and economy, and the national workforce and economy daily. She is committed to working with the local workforce in order to build the best programs available in order to help them.