Administration

Principal - Melissa Bowell

bowellm@okaloosaschools.com

Melissa Bowell has deep roots in Okaloosa County Schools as her mother retired from teaching after 35 years; her sister, Heather, is a Mental Health Counselor in the District, and her husband, David, is the School Resource Officer at Bruner Middle School. She began her educational career nearly 20 years ago at her alma mater, Fort Walton Beach High School, teaching English Language Arts and, eventually, Advanced Placement Literature. In 2015, Bowell became a Secondary Curriculum Specialist for the District, where she helped deliver professional development to secondary English Language Arts and Social Studies teachers across the District. Most recently, she has been the Assistant Principal at Choctawhatchee High School, where she has truly loved becoming a Big Green Indian.

Bowell graduated from Florida State University with her bachelor’s degree in English Literature, and the University of West Florida with her master’s degree in Curriculum and her Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership.

Bowell is excited to become a Meigs Wildcat, where both of her daughters walked the ramps (and her dad, too, back when it was Choctawhatchee High School). She truly believes in the transformative power of education and is dedicated to the students, parents, faculty, and staff at Meigs.

Joey Chancellor

Assistant Principal - Joey Chancellor

ernest.chancellor@okaloosaschools.com

My name Ernest J. Chancellor, most know me by Joey. I moved to Fort Walton Beach a little over a year along with my wife Catherine who is an ESE Instructional Coach for Okaloosa County School District. We have three adult children; daughter Shalesa who resides in Texas, daughter Adara who lives in Wisconsin, and son Carston who is attending the University of Wisconsin - Madison...Go Badgers! 

I’ve been an educator since 1991. I’ve held every educational position from daycare teacher, to aide and paraprofessional, and then began his teaching career as an elementary and then middle school teacher for 12 years. Most recently, before the move, I was an Assistant Principal/Athletic Director at Franklin Middle School in Green Bay, Wisconsin for four years and then Associate Principal/Summer School Director at New London Middle School in New London, Wisconsin. Not only have I educated students within the classroom, but also coached both girls’ and boys’ basketball and track for many years. Since moving to Florida, I continue to officiate many levels of basketball and football.

I believe ALL children are a gift and possess diverse talents and capabilities. I consider it a privilege to help facilitate their learning and academic growth, while fostering a staff culture that always wants to see students doing their best! I strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment where each student can have the opportunity to experience success and progress. It is my goal to help encourage students to look beyond the four walls of their classroom and view the world around them as a place of learning and discovery. I’m very excited about my new journey as Assistant Principal at Meigs Middle School and looking forward to meeting new students and staff. I have a “Kid’s First” educational philosophy and my door is ALWAYS open!!

Rachel Jones

Assistant Principal - Rachel Jones

rachel.jones@okaloosaschools.com

Mrs. Rachel Jones is a product of the Okaloosa County School System. Having grown up in Destin, Florida, she attended Destin Elementary, Bruner Middle School, Destin Middle School, and graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School. Upon graduation, Mrs. Jones earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in English from the University of Alabama…Roll Tide!! While her husband was in Air Force Pilot Training, Mrs. Jones had the opportunity to teach high school English of all levels in Birmingham, Alabama, Clovis, New Mexico, and at Fort Walton Beach High School where she has served most recently as a Teacher on Special Assignment in the Guidance Office responsible for all standardized testing, as well as other counseling and administrative duties. Mrs. Jones was the cheerleading sponsor at FWBHS where she led the team to multiple State and National Championships. She has always had a passion for helping students merge the academic and athletic aspects of their role in representing the school they attend to the community.

Mrs. Jones is married to her high school sweetheart, Bryan, who is also a product of the Okaloosa County School System and serves as an Active Duty Pilot. They have two beautiful daughters-Spencer who is 5 and Parker who is 3-and they own a CrossFit Gym in Destin.

Mrs. Jones is excited to have an opportunity to continue to serve a school district that she is passionate about through the Assistant Principal position at Meigs Middle School. She is ready to lead the students and faculty at Meigs to be the greatest they can be! 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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