About Us • Faculty and Staff Profiles

photo of Alan Anderson Alan Anderson
7th Grade Regular and Advanced Science

Middle Grades Math and Science, University of West Florida; M. Ed. Educational Leadership and Policy, Florida State University
Certification: Science

A former Ruckel Ram himself, Alan Anderson has called Ruckel Middle School home since 1993. During that time Alan has been selected as Okaloosa County’s Outstanding First-Year Teacher (1993-94), coached sports including baseball, football, and cross country; served as grade and department chair; and taught both 7th and 8th grade science. Mr. Anderson’s style of teaching favors a hands-on approach which in the past has included building roller coasters, water- and air-powered rockets, solar heaters, and egg launchers.

Tina Barron Tina Barron
7th & 8th Grade Language Arts; Cross Country Coach; Theatre Club Sponsor

M.Ed., Auburn University (1998)
B.S., University of West Florida (1997)

Certifications:English 6-12, Exceptional Student Education K-12,
English for Speakers of Other Languages K-12, and Reading K-12

A 1993 graduate of Fort Walton Beach High School, Ms. Barron originally studied Journalism at UF. After earning her Master of Education degree from Auburn, she completed post-graduate coursework in literacy. While teaching in Alachua County, she was accepted into the Ed. D. Program at Florida. Ms. Barron has been teaching English full-time since 2007, and previously worked in our district at both Destin Middle and Fort Walton Beach High Schools as a reading and math remediation instructor. In addition to her secondary instructional experience, she taught elementary school in Gainesville, and studied musical theatre in New York City. Ms. Barron has served as a model classroom for the Okaloosa County School District, as well as an English Department Chair (2016-2018) and Cross Country and Track coach at Destin Middle School (2014-2019). When she is not teaching, Ms. Barron enjoys spending time with her family, running, and performing with the NWFSC Symphony Chorale and Stagecrafters Community Theatre.

Kendra Boles
ESE/VE 6 thru 8th grade
B.S. in Accounting, Arkansas State University; M.Ed. w/emphasis in Child Development, Regent University
Certifications: General Science 5-9; ESE K-12; Elementary Education K-6

Ms. Boles began her career in education teaching middle school math/science and counseling students in the Virginia Beach SECEP Re-Education program for students with emotional disabilities. Re-ED is founded on the belief that children can be taught to manage their behavior and learn new solutions for living in the community. She later moved to Florida where she taught middle/high school reading for a dropout-prevention program focused on credit recovery. She then taught middle school ESE/VE for Walton County for three years before joining the staff at Ruckel. She is excited to be a part of the Ruckel team and looks forward to helping students achieve their goals.

Karmen Broaddus
6th Grade Math

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Holly BrownRamby
Media Aide

Ms. Bruse Teri Bruse, M. Mus.
Band/Instrumental Music
Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Summa Cum Laude, University of Florida
Clarinet Performance Certificate, University of Florida
Master of Music in Wind Band Conducting - University of Florida
Certification: Music K-12

Mrs. Bruse has over thirty years of music experience, including a twenty-year career base established with conducting student music ensembles. She grew up in Okaloosa County attending Valparaiso Elementary, Ruckel Junior High and Niceville High schools. She first learned clarinet at Ruckel when she was 11 years old, and continued on into the "Eagle Pride" Band at Niceville High School. She understands how important music is in Okaloosa County, and feels fortunate to be able to give back to its children all that was offered her. She has taught Music Appreciation at the college level, simultaneously directed over 300 students on the football field and in the concert hall, as well as having directed basketball pep bands, musicals and select vocal and instrumental ensembles at the primary, secondary and collegiate levels. Bands under her direction have consistently received straight superior ratings at district music performance assessments. During her three years as the Assistant Band Director at Ruckel, she contributed positively to the growth of the band program and its students by transforming storage rooms into practice rooms, implementing SmartMusic Computer Assisted Technology, and cataloging the 855 piece band music library onto Excel and Charms. Aside from being a music educator, she has four children and enjoys swimming, boating, soccer, traveling and long naps! Visit the RamBand Page HERE!
You can donate items to Mrs. Bruse's band room from her
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Steve W. Chambers
Social Studies
Certification: 5th to 9th Grade Social Studies

Mr. Chambers was selected to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Professional Educators Network of Florida, a non-union professional association for educators. He is also the Boys and Girls Golf Coach at Ruckel. Mr. “C”, as his students call him, loves teaching the WHY of History.
Mr. Chambers has visited 86 countries in his travels, and brings those experiences to his classes. Mr. Chambers formerly taught at Ft Walton Beach High School and was an adjunct Professor at OWCC (NWFSC). He has been at RMS since 2003.

Michelle Clarke

7th Grade Math and Volleyball Coach

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Jennifer Cook
7th Grade Life Science, 8th Grade Physical Science
B.A., Biology and German, Converse College; M.Ed in Secondary Education, Science,
Converse College

Mrs. Cook is passionate about science andis grateful she became a Ruckel Ram in 2014. She has been working in education in some capacity since 1996 and holds a BA in Biology and German and an M.Ed. in Secondary Science. Previously, she taught science at both the high school and community college levels. She also worked as the Director for Student Leadership at Converse College and as the Director of Student Development for the Oxford Campus of Emory University – she received awards at both institutions for her service to students. When she's not teaching, Mrs. Cook enjoys being with her family, traveling, photography, and being outside. She believes science is best when it's hands-on, so she includes labs and elements of music, movement, and creativity to her teaching.

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Cheryl Duty
Honors & Advanced Earth Space Science, Gifted World History
B.A., Elementary Education, Minor in Anthropology & Archeology, Univ. of Texas San Antonio; M.A., Elementary and Middle School Curriculum
Certification: Elementary Education, 1-6; Social Sciences 5-9; Earth Space Sciences 5-9; Gifted Education

Mrs. Duty loves teaching and learning along with her students. She brings into the classroom her love of travel, scuba diving, photography, and reading. She is currently teaching World History and Gifted Science. She is also the chairperson for the 6th grade.

photo of Deboarah Eller Deborah Eller
6th Grade Language Arts, Math, and Learning Strategies; 7th Grade Math; 7th-8th Grade Learning Strategies and Advanced World Cultures

B.S., Troy State University
Certification: Exceptional Student Education (Varying Exceptionalities); Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum

Mrs. Eller began her public teaching career at Choctawhatchee High School in August of 2000. She joined the team at Ruckel Middle School in January of 2006. Prior to her receiving her degree from TSU, Mrs. Eller devoted herself to early childhood education. She is a devoted wife of more than 33 years, 26 of those years as a military spouse where she and her family traveled extensively. She is the mother of two; a son in the U.S. Air Force and a daughter who's employed with L-3 Communications and the grandmother of four. Outside of teaching she enjoys football, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Jamie Evans
7th Grade Math

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photo of Christian Feazell Christian Feazell
Ruckel Chorus Teacher
Master of Music in Vocal Performance, University of Mississippi; B.A., University of Arkansas, Monticello

Mr. Feazell is happy to serve the community as the middle school chorus director for Ruckel
Middle. He formerly served as the North MS chair for Teachers Workshops and All-State Elementary Choirs. Christian has an extensive history of performance credits. Some organizations include the Rhodes Master Singers, Arkansas Choral Society, BealeCanto, Conspirare, Pine Bluff Symphony, Tupelo Symphony, Como Opera, Memphis Opera, Playhouse on the Square, Arts and Science Center of Pine Bluff, SEARK Concert Association, Second Youth Theatre, Austin Musical Theatre and Phoenix Opera.

Michelle FisherMichelle Fisher
6th grade Language Arts (Regular & Advanced)

B.S. Elementary Ed., NWFSC
Reading and ESOL endorsements

Mrs. Fisher is new to Ruckel this year and is excited to make this her best year yet! She graduated with her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education K-6 from Northwest Florida State College, and will be obtaining her master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida. Mrs. Fisher taught for four years in Walton County, was the Teacher of the Year at her school last year, and a top three finalist in Teacher of the Year for Walton County! Her effervescent spirit is contagious inside and outside the classroom. During her free time, she enjoys canoeing, hiking, dancing, running, reading, traveling, and cooking. Her approach to life can be summed up in one quote, "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." –Winston Churchill

Coach Griffin
Weight Training

B.S. in Sports Administration and M.S. in Exercise Science, Troy University;
Ed.S in Educational Leadership, Arkansas State University

A product of the Okaloosa County School System, Coach Griffin has called Ruckel Middle School home since 2019. Coach Griffin has a passion for working with kids in the weight room to increase overall athletic performance and strength.
Outside of teaching Coach Griffin loves spending time with his wife outside at the beach and on the water.

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Tyler Hastings
6th Grade World History
B.A. in Criminal Justice, University of West Florida

Mr Hastings currently teaches 6th grade World History and he coaches football, cross country, and baseball.

Lorri Jerome
US History

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Ronette Johnson

PreAlgebra, Algebra 1 Honors

B.S Mathematics/Math Education from Florida State University
Certification: Mathematics 6-12

Mrs. Johnson is a product of both Ruckel Middle School and Niceville High School, where she previously taught for two years. She has a passion for middle schoolers, math, and singing; she minored in music at FSU. Outside of school, she loves trying new food with her husband, Zumba, exploring the Emerald Coast, and reading.
You can donate items to Mrs. Johnson's classroom from her Amazon Wish List HERE

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Kimberly Jones
6th - 8th Grade Physical Education
BS Education from Georgia Southern University
Certification: K-8th Physical Education and Health

Coach Jones has 35 years of teaching experience and has taught in Georgia and Florida. She has coached Volleyball, Softball, Basketball, and is currently coaching Track and Field at Ruckel. Coach Jones' personal goal for teaching physical education is to provide activities which excite our students about movement and participation and to encourage life-time habits of wellness.

Ashley Kempton

Ashley Kempton

6th grade Math
B.S. in Middle Grades Mathematics, Northwest Florida State College

This is my 4th year teaching 6th grade math at Ruckel. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband and children, taking care of my pets, reading, and gaming.

Christine Kirila
Christine Kirila
7th Grade Language Arts/Intensive Reading

B.A. in English, Univ. of Richmond; M.A.T. degree in teaching secondary English, Agnes Scott College

She has taught in eight schools around the country and likes teaching middle school students the best. She spent 19 years as a military wife; her husband is now retired from the U. S. Army 7th Special Forces Group. Their two daughters are both Okaloosa County students. Her hobbies are reading writing and running with her border collies.

Stacey Kittell
Technology Education

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Stacey Koger
6th Grade Regular/Advanced Language Arts

B.S. degree Univ. of Alabama
Certifications: English 5-9, ESOL, Elementary Education Pre-K-3

Mrs. Koger began teaching at Ruckel Middle School in 2015. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama. She has taught high school, Kindergarten through 2nd grade and now 6th grade at Ruckel. Mrs. Koger has a passion for teaching Language Arts and loves teaching 6th graders! She is married and has one daughter who will be heading off to college soon! She is also a dog mom to two wonderful dogs, Winnie and Bama. She is a product of the Okaloosa County school system and has lived here her whole life. She is looking forward to another great year! Go Rams!

Shelby Lennon
Shelby Lennon
6th & 7th Grade Language Arts, Regular & Advanced

B.S. in English, Troy University

Mrs. Lennon is a former Ruckel Ram and alumna of Niceville High School. She graduated with her bachelor's degree in English from Troy University and is excited to be back at RMS. Outside of teaching, she enjoys going to the beach, reading, and spending time with her family. She also loves being a full-time dog mom to Winston, a mini Australian Shepherd.

photo of Laura LongLaura Long
Guidance Counselor
B.A., M.A., & Ed. Specialist, University of West Florida
Certifications: Elementary Education, Specific Learning Disabilities, Guidance and Counseling, Educational Leadership

Mrs. Long is a life-long resident of Okaloosa County. She has worked in the Okaloosa School District for 39 years. Mrs. Long began her teaching career at Destin Elementary School as a Specific Learning Disabilities teacher. Changing career paths after eighteen years, Mrs. Long was a Guidance Counselor at Elliott Point Elementary School before transferring to Ruckel Middle School as a Guidance Counselor in 2003.

Allison LoveAllison Love
Physical Education
BS degree in HPERD (Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance), University of Montevallo

Coach Love is a 1990 graduate of Houston Academy in Dothan, AL, where she attended from kindergarten through graduation. She enjoyed playing different sports including volleyball, basketball, softball, track and she was also a cheerleader. Her two older brothers were athletic and she followed in their footsteps and grew to love being active in sports. Because of that, she obtained her college degree in Physical Education and hopes to instill a love of an active lifestyle in her students as well! Coach Love began teaching at Ruckel in 2018 after working as a stay-at-home mom for many years to raise her four daughters. Outside of Ruckel, she is on the Advisory Board and serves as Administrative Assistant for the Emerald Coast Chapter of The National League of Junior Cotillions. In her spare time she enjoys watching her girls who are majorettes on the University of Florida Gatorette line and the Niceville High School Eagle Pride line. She also enjoys interior design, relaxing with her three cats and spending time outdoors on her family's farm in Alabama.

photo of Sonja LoveSonja Love
Earth/Space Science
BS Degree from Brenau University in MG Education Certifications: FL: Science (5-9) Gifted and ESOL Endorsement

Ms. Love began teaching at Ruckel Middle School in 1996. She taught 8th grade science and pre-algebra for two years before moving to 6th grade to teach science and gifted. She taught in Okaloosa County for nine years before moving to Georgia where she taught 4th grade language arts, social studies and reading. Ms. Love joyfully returned to teach once again at Ruckel in 2012 where she now teaches 6th grade science. Ms. Love has coached academic team, dance team, and Speech and Debate Team.
Ms. Love loves teaching middle school and feels that it is an honor to be part of the Ruckel Middle School family! In her spare time, Ms. Love enjoys taking her grandchildren to the beach, gardening, reading and scrapbooking.

photo of Allison Marello Allison Marello
- Ruckel's Teacher of the Year 2019-2020
8th Grade Language Arts
(Regular and Advanced)
B.S. From Florida State Univ. in English Education
Certification: Grades 6-12

Mrs. Marello is a product of Okaloosa County Schools. After graduating from Florida State University in 1997, Mrs. Marello began her teaching career in January of 1998 at Niceville High School, where she taught 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students for 18 wonderful years. She was blessed with the opportunity to become a Ruckel Ram in 2016 when her husband became principal at NHS. Mrs. Marello was chosen as Okaloosa County's Beginning Teacher of the Year in 1998, received National Board Certification in Secondary English Education in 2009, has been designated as one of the State of Florida's High Impact Teachers for the last two years, was chosen to be Ruckel's 2020-2021 Teacher of the Year, and was Runner-up for Okaloosa County's Teacher of the Year in 2020. She currently serves as the ELA department chair and sponsors the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Marello enjoys attending her children's sports and activities, traveling and spending time with her family, reading great books, going to the movies, cheering on the Rams and the Eagles, and catching up with her former students!

Ms. Marshall

Angela Marshall

Web Design, Yearbook Staff

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Jennifer McClay
Jennifer McClay

6th Grade Language Arts
BS in Education, University of Alabama
Certifications - English 6-12; Social Studies 6-12

Mrs. McClay began her teaching career at Crestview High School in 1994. She has taught multiple subjects and grade levels in Okinawa, New Jersey, and North Carolina. After taking a few years off to raise her two boys, she joined the teaching staff at Ruckel in 2013.

Brooke McSheehy

Digital Art and Design
Art Education, BYU - Idaho
Ms. McSheehy started her career teaching High School Ceramics and Jewelry in Utah. She is happy to be back in the county in which she herself attended school. In her spare time, she enjoys working on her own artwork, going to the beach, and spending time with her family and friends.

Christine Moore
Christine Moore
ESE/VE 6 thru 8th grade

BA Psychology, Thomas Edison State University
Certification: ESE, K thru 6 and Family Consumer and Science

She has been a part of Ruckel Middle School since 2015 and part of  Okaloosa county for 10 years.  Her passion is teaching middle school and helping students succeed.  Being a military spouse of 26 years and in her spare time enjoys time with her pets  3 dogs and 2 cats and family. Together we can make a difference!

Jennifer Moses
Science, Critical Thinking and Compass

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photo of Lisa Nall Lisa Nall
B.S. in Zoology, University of Florida; M.Ed. in Science Education, University of Florida
Certification: Middle Grades Sciences, Biology 6-12, Gifted Education

Mrs. Nall began teaching at Ruckel in 1995 as an 8th grade science teacher. From 2002 – 2007 she worked at the district level as a District Technology Trainer. She returned to Ruckel in 2009 and loves every minute of it. She continues to strive to increase her knowledge base to make her classroom an optimum learning environment where her students are encouraged to be the best they can be. Mrs. Nall serves as 8th grade lead teacher, Academic Team coordinator for the district, and Gradebook manager.

Elaine Nichols
ESE Resource Teacher

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Sharleen Nunez
Physical Science

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photo of Kayla NuttKayla Nutt
Assistant Principal

Kayla Nutt is a proud product of the Okaloosa County School District and is a graduate of Niceville High School. She played softball at Florida State University and Jacksonville State University where she graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. In 2019 Mrs. Nutt earned a Master's degree in Education Administration from California Coast University.
In 2010 Mrs. Nutt began her teaching career in Okaloosa County at Bob Sikes Elementary. After leaving to teach in Alabama for four years, she returned to Okaloosa County in 2015 and taught at Plew Elementary, Florosa Elementary, and Lewis School. She was a guidance counselor at Lewis School before coming to Ruckel Middle School.

Wanda Oelrich
Occupational Therapist

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Jon Olson
6th Grade World History
(Regular and Advanced)

Mr. Olson started teaching in Okaloosa County in 2005. He was selected as Ruckel's 2020 Teacher of the Year. He enjoys seeing students grow and succeed in academics and sports. Mr. Olson coaches boys basketball and boys golf. Outside the classroom he enjoys spending time with his family, watching football and playing golf. Mr. Olson graduated from the University of West Florida. He grew up in Wisconsin and is a Green Bay Packer cheese head. Mr. Olson has lived here since 1992.

photo of Penny ParmerPenny Parmer
Math, Language Arts

B.A., University of Mississippi
Certification: Middle Level Integrated Curriculum

Mrs. Parmer started her teaching career in Mississippi in 1992. After staying home to raise two boys, Mrs. Parmer joined the staff at Ruckel Middle School in 2007. She believes in the value of every student and in their ability to be successful in middle school. Outside of teaching Mrs. Parmer likes to read, spend time outside and watch football.

photo of Luisa PattersonLuisa Patterson


I am the Italian teacher at Ruckel Middle and Niceville High. I have been a teacher since 2015 and love what I do! I get to see the students growing from the middle school age, all the way to their high school years while I teach them about my country and my language. After school, I enjoy spending time with my family and cooking. I am a mom of three children, two teenagers and my youngest is only three years old. Given his special needs, I am very conscious as a teacher to address all the various needs of my students to make sure they reach their full potential.

Jamie PerryJamie Perry
Guidance Counselor

M.S. in Counseling and Psychology, Troy University;
B.A. in Elementary Education, University of West Florida
Certifications: Guidance and Counseling PK-12, Elementary Education K-6,
Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum, ESOL Endorsed

Mrs. Perry began her career in education nine years ago as a classroom teacher. She has also worked in the District office and is now very excited to be a part of the Ruckel team! When she is not at work, she enjoys time with her husband and attending her children's activities and sporting events. She stays busy with her church as a youth leader, loves baseball, crafting, traveling, the color yellow, and the Florida State Seminoles!

Gina Piccorossi
Gina Piccorossi


B.A. in Fine Art, University of Tampa

I am a former Ruckel student myself and graduated from Niceville High School. This is my second year teaching. I started the Art Club last year for students who want to explore art more. I have a love for art and art history and love being in the classroom helping students develop their passion!

Stephanie Randall

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Ron Reece

Ron Reece

Physical Education /Athletic Director

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Joshua Regans

Joshua Regans

7th grade Civics
B.A. History, University of Central Florida; B.A. Criminal Justice, University of Central Florida

Mr. Regans is happy to be back at Ruckel for his fourth year. He has passion for teaching History and Government and loves to bring enthusiasm into the classroom. Mr. Regans is the Boys head Soccer coach.

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Erin Rhodes

6th Grade Science
B.A. in Middle Grades Math and Science, University of West Florida
Certifications: Math 5-9, Science 5-9, Elementary K-6, ESE K-12

Mrs. Rhodes has been teaching at Ruckel since 2012. She has a passion for science and learning new things. When not in the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading.

Amanda SavageDr. Amanda Savage, Ed.D
8th Grade Physical Science

B.S. in Health and Physical Education, Olivet Nazarene University' M.S. in Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Illinois State University; Ed.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Walden University

Dr. Savage began her teaching career in 2006 after graduating from Olivet Nazarene University where she played on a tennis scholarship. She has been teaching science at Ruckel Middle School since 2017. She has a passion for teaching students about the exciting world of science. When she isn't teaching in the classroom, she loves spending time with her two daughters, teaching online, swimming, going to the beach, being outside, playing tennis, or working out.

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Janet Simpson


Mrs. Simpson was selected as Ruckel Middle School's Support Person of the year
for 2013-14.

John Sloan
6th Grade Math

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Damian Sotelo

Boys Basketball Asst. Coach

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Libby Swain
Language Arts II, Advanced Language Arts II, and Gifted Language Arts II

B.S. in Education, Delta State University; M. Ed., University of West Florida
Certification: English Grades 6-12; English Grades 5-9; Gifted Education;
Middle Grades Endorsement

Mrs. Swain has a passion for teaching students to communicate effectively and correctly. She has taught high school and middle school English for over twenty years in Virginia, Mississippi, and Florida. She began teaching in Okaloosa County in 1994 at Meigs Middle School, where she was named ‘Teacher of the Year’ in 1997. Since transferring to C.W. Ruckel Middle School, she has served as the English Department Chair, peer teacher, and is currently serving her fifth term on the School Advisory Council.

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Michael Swain

Advanced Civics

Delta State University, Bachelor of Arts in History. Union Theological Seminary,
Master of Divinity; Reformed Theological Seminary, Master of Missiology and Doctor of Ministry
Certification: Middle Grades English, 5-9, Social Studies, 6-12

Dr. Swain joined the Ruckel faculty in 2005 as a Language Arts and Social Studies teacher. He currently teaches Civics.

photo of Carol Szklarski Carol Szklarski

7th Grade Life Sciences
Bachelor of Science, Indiana University of PA
Certification: Middle School Integrated 5-9 and General Science 5-9

Mrs. Szklarski is a second career teacher that LOVES teaching science at Ruckel. She thinks that the best way to learn science is through hands on labs and creative vocabulary activities. She currently serves as the Varsity Academic Team sponsor. Her motto "Look at every situation in life like a cup that is half full, not half empty."

photo of Carol SzklarskiStacey Tabor
7th Grade Advanced Math, 8th Grade Pre-Algebra
Robotics Team Coach
B.S. in Education - Middle Grades Science, Northwest Florida State College
Certifications: Middle Grades Science (5-9), Middle Grades Math (5-9)

Mrs. Tabor loves being a member of the Ruckel team and enjoys helping her students learn more each day. As the proud wife of a retired U.S. Air Force officer and the mother of two former Ruckel Rams, she enjoys traveling, visiting the beach, and crafting.

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Marchelle Tomassetti
B.S. University of West Florida; M.A. Northern Arizona University
Certification: Middle Grades 5-9 Mathematics, Spanish K-12

As the proud wife of a retired U.S. Marine, Mrs. Tomassetti is privileged to have taught high school for seven years in both Arizona and Maryland before remaining at home with her children for the next 14 years.  She is very excited to be a Ruckel Ram and looks forward to helping students achieve educational goals and strong foundations in Spanish! She is also the lead sponsor of National Junior Honor Society.

Photo of Jennifer VargoJennifer Vargo
7th Grade ELA
Literature Degree from Eckerd College
Certification: English 6-12; Gifted and ESOL Endorsed

Mrs. Vargo is delighted to be back at Ruckel in a full-time ELA position. She is a former student of Ruckel and Niceville High School, and her two children are students at Ruckel this year. She has lived in many places, and she taught middle and high school ELA in South Florida. She was also the Storytime Teacher at the Niceville Public Library for a for a few years, and she continues to review books for the Florida Library Youth Program (FLYP). In her spare time, Mrs. Vargo loves cooking, crafting, and travelling with her husband and children (especially to Harry Potter World).

photo of Brittany WaldhourBrittany Waldhour
Algebra I Honors & Math 3

B.S. in Mathematics Education, Florida State University
Certification: Mathematics Grades 5-9

Mrs. Waldhour is excited to be returning to Ruckel! She teaches Algebra I Honors and Math 3. She challenges her students to never give up and to always have a positive attitude. She hopes that her students will develop a love for math just as she has. She loves being a Ram and hopes her students will too.

Angela Wargo Angela Wargo
7th Grade Regular and Advanced Life Science
B.A., Elementary Education, University of South Florida
Certifications: Elementary Education K-6, General Science 5-9

Mrs. Wargo has been a teacher in Okaloosa County since 2004 and has been at Ruckel since 2016. She has a passion for Science and loves teaching and learning new things with her students. Mrs. Wargo is the Chairperson for Children In Crisis. When not in the classroom, she enjoys training for and running triathlons.

Geoffrey Watson Geoffrey Watson
Earth/Space Science - long-term substitute
B.A. English, University of Florida
Certifications: English 6-12; Social Sciences 5-9

Geoffrey Watson returns to Ruckel, and is a product of Okaloosa County schools.
He has worked with both middle and high school students for years at Niceville United Methodist and at First Presbyterian Niceville. He has a passion for kids, education, and continuing the tradition of excellence that Ruckel Middle School has established. He is also a Yearbook Staff sponsor.

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Susie Watson

Math/Math Chair/Dean of Students
B.A. Political Science, Auburn Univ., Masters Curriculum and Instruction for Middle School Mathematics, University of West Florida
Certification: 5-9 and 6-12 Mathematics, National Board Certification in 2006

Mrs. Watson began teaching Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Algebra Honors and Geometry Honors at Ruckel in 2002. She has coached the Varsity Academic Team, Knowledge Masters (KMO) Team, and the Varsity Math Team. She received the Edith May Slyffe Award for Excellence in Middle School Mathematics Teaching in 2003; 2004 Who’s Who Among American Teachers and in 2006 she was Ruckel’s Teacher of the Year. She also served as the Mathematics Chair for RMS. Her philosophy on education is simply put. “I believe that as an educator, professionalism is that pursuit of improving the future of our Country and our World. It is a selfless act that individuals participate in to ensure no child is left behind.
Cindy Wondrow

Jolene Yen

Chorus Aide
Mrs. Yen is originally from California and moved to Niceville in 2009. She believes Choral music provides a feeling of belonging and offers many opportunities for learning and responsible engagement with others. She has volunteered for the past six years in the Choral program at Ruckel and NHS. Asssisting Mrs. Tredway and the students be successful gives her great purpose and joy.

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