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photo of Diane AmosDiane Amos
Math 7, Math 7A

B.A., Mathematics Education, VA Tech; M.Ed., Secondary Mathematics Comprehensive
Certification: Mathematics 6-12, Mathematics 5-9
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Mrs. Amos brings to the classroom a passion for both math as a subject and for helping her students understand the concepts and mechanics of mathematics. To that end, she makes every effort to bring math to life with both humor and practical exercises which reinforce the concept that math is indeed relevant. From wearing funny hats, to role playing in the classroom, she is known for her quick wit and high energy approach to helping students understand and appreciate the impact that math has on their everyday lives. As the wife of a retired Air Force officer, she understands the many difficulties associated with moving to a new school and integrating into a new school system, and makes every effort to make that transition a smooth one. In her free time, Mrs. Amos enjoys Cross Fit, paddle boarding, kayaking, running, and hiking.

photo of Alan AndersonAlan 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
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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

M.Ed., Auburn University (1998)
B.S., University of West Florida (1997)
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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). Her professional certification covers the following subjects: English 6-12, Exceptional Student Education K-12, English for Speakers of Other Languages K-12, and Reading K-12. 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.

Lindey BottLindsey Bott
Math 7 and Math 7A
B.A., Elementary Education K-6, Florida Gulf Coast Univ.
Certification: Mathematics 5-9

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Ms. Bott is thrilled to be teaching and working with the wonderful students of Ruckel Middle School. She was born and raised in Naples, FL and graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She began her first three years teaching 7th grade math in Marco Island, FL and continued her career in San Antonio, TX for another three years. She is looking forward to her seventh year of working with 7th grade students! Ms. Bott strives to spread positivity, inspire her students, and enhance their appreciation for math on a daily basis.

photo of Darla BrinkerhoffDarla Brinkerhoff
Digital Art and Design, - 7th and 8th grade Technology Wheel - 6th grade
BFA - Stephen F. Austin State University
Certification: Art Education K-12, Adobe Certified Associate - Photoshop
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Mrs. Brinkerhoff has taught for 23 years in Florida and Texas. In Okaloosa County she taught at Niceville High School, Fort Walton Beach High School and now Ruckel Middle School. She enjoys teaching Digital Art, incorporating technology and photography. Mrs. Brinkerhoff designs her classes with the goal of encouraging a passion for photography/technology in her students, whether this passion becomes a student's career choice or an enjoyable life-long hobby.


Holly BrownRamby
Media Aide


Ms. BruseTeri 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

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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 and her husband have four children and enjoy boating, soccer, swimming, traveling and long naps! Visit the RamBand Page HERE!






Doralyn Chaloupka

Math

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Steve W. Chambers
Social Studies
Certification: 5th to 9th Grade Social Studies
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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.

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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
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Mrs. Cook is passionate about science and she is loving her third year at Ruckel. She has been working in education in some capacity since 1996. 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.

Dalton CooperDalton Cooper
7th & 8th Grade Science

B.S., Marine Biology, Univ. of West Florida.
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I graduated in 2009 from Niceville High School and 2013 from UWF. After college graduation, I immediately had the opportunity to work in the Florida Keys at Seacamp, Inc., teaching marine biology. Next I moved north to Gloucester, MA to do biostatisical analysis on kept vs discarded catch in the New England Fisheries. I moved back to Niceville and spent three years teaching physical science and marine biology at Walton High School in DeFuniak Springs, where I also coached track and field. I am excited to be at Ruckel and serve in the school district that raised me. Let's have a great year and Go Rams!

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Roger A. Deveney
Advanced Civics
B.S.,USMA 1982
Certification: Social Sciences 6-8, Football Coach 1988-1995 & 1998-2006; National Middle School Association Team Teaching Award, 1996

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I have been at Ruckel since 1988 and each day is more exciting than yesterday. My leaders, my peers, my students have all inspired me to teach, to create and to dream. I will end with a quote from Katharine Graham, “to love what you do and feel that it matters — how could anything be more fun?”

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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
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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
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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.

Michelle FisherMichelle Fisher
6th grade Math (Regular & Advanced)

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

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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

Ms. Fouch
One-on-One Aide

Chester Geering



Chester Geering

History

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Coach Griffin
Weight Training

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Ann Hagan Ann Hagan
Digital Information Technology
Education: BS Business Administration, Thomas Edison State College
MA, National Security Strategy, American Military University
Certifications: 6-12 Business Education, 6-12 English, 6-12 Social Studies, K-6, ESE, and ESOL
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Mrs. Hagan joined the Ruckel family in 2019, teaching her dream position with career and technical education! Mrs. Hagan is a USAF veteran and defense contractor who brings over a decade of technical experience to the classroom. She loves teaching and watching the students' confidence grow as they learn new computer skills. Mrs. Hagan lives with her husband, daughter, and two very energetic dogs. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys traveling with her family, drawing, and volunteering in the community.

Bonnie HalleBonnie Halle
7th & 8th Grade Language Arts
(Regular and Advanced)

Education: B.A. in English, M.A. in Reading Education
Certification: Reading Specialist
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Mrs. Halle began teaching in Texas, taught in Okinawa, Japan, then returned to Texas, and now happily teaches at Ruckel Middle School. Traveling, reading, and the outdoors are her passion. When Mrs. Halle is not teaching, she is actively taking care of her two boys who are busy in all sports and anything action-packed! She looks forward to making Ruckel her new "home away from home" and hopes to help all students become more passionate about reading and writing.

photo of Hayley Hallmark Hayley Close Hallmark

6th Grade World Cultures,
8th Grade Advanced US History
University of West Florida, degree in History
Certifications: Social Sciences 6-12 and Middle Grades Integrated 5-9
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Mrs. Hallmark has taught multiple subject areas, but social studies is by far her favorite! She previously taught at Bellview Middle School in Pensacola, Florida. She was the 2011 Escambia County Social Studies Teacher of the Year and 2011 History Fair Teacher of the Year. She is Coach of the Ruckel Rockettes Dance Team and Co-Coach of the Lady Ram Soccer Team. When not in the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her family, hunting, fishing, and soccer.

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Tyler Hastings
6th Grade World History
B.A. in Criminal Justice, University of West Florida
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Mr Hastings currently teaches 6th grade World History and he coaches football, basketball and baseball.

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Band Aide

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photo of Kim JonesRonette Johnson
7th Grade Advanced Math & PreAlgebra
B.S Mathematics/Math Education from Florida State University
Certification: Mathematics 6-12

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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.

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

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Coach Jones has 33 years of teaching experience and has taught in Georgia and Florida. She has coached Volleytball, Softball and Track at Ruckel and is currently coaching Basketball. 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

Math
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Christine Kirila
Christine Kirila
7th Grade Language Arts

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

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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

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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
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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.

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Sarah Lewis
Intensive Reading Teacher

B.A., Exceptional Student Education, University of West Florida
Certifications: Exceptional Student Education (Students with Learning Disabilities/Emotional Handicaps); English 6-12 ; Elementary Education K-6; Endorsements: ESOL, Reading

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I am excited to be returning “home” again! I began my teaching career at Ruckel in 1999 along with many teachers who are still here today!  During my 16 years, I have taught elementary, middle and high school students, especially focused in the area of remediating struggling readers.  It is my passion to teach students to gain an appreciation for reading through learning strategies that assists with understanding and realizing reading isn’t that bad if you know how to approach it in the right way!  Ruckel continues to be a top school, and I am so honored and privileged to be back, and doing what I love.

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

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Mrs. Long is a life-long resident of Okaloosa County. She has worked in the Okaloosa School District for 37 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 Love



Allison Love

Physical Education
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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
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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, the new Speech and Debate Team, and Yearbook Staff.
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

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Mrs. Marello is a product of Okaloosa County Schools having attended Bob Sikes Elementary School, Richburg Junior High School, and Crestview High School. After graduating from Florida State University, Mrs. Marello began her teaching career at Niceville High School in 1998, where she taught 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students for 18 wonderful years. She came to Ruckel Middle School in 2016 when her husband of 19 years was chosen as NHS' new principal and has found a new love-- teaching 8th graders! Mrs. Marello was chosen as Okaloosa County's Beginning Teacher of the Year in 1998, holds National Board Certification in Secondary English Education, and has been designated as one of the State of Florida's High Impact Teachers for the last two years. She is currently the department chairperson for Language Arts. When she is not teaching, Mrs. Marello enjoys attending her two children's sports and activities, traveling and spending time with her family, watching the Eagles play on Friday nights and the Seminoles on Saturdays, reading great books, and going to movies.

Ms. Marshall



Angela Marshall

Web Design

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photo of Pat Martin Pat Martin
8th Grade Science
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Mrs. Martin joined the Ruckel staff in August of 2012 and is delighted to be a Ram! After years as a banker, Mrs. Martin decided to follow her heart and changed careers with the hope of inspiring young people through science. She was the first director of the "hands-on" Emerald Coast Science Center in Fort Walton Beach. Mrs. Martin left the museum for the classroom and taught 7th, followed by 8th grade science at Pryor Middle School, where she served as an 8th grade team leader. More recently, Mrs. Martin was at Fort Walton Beach High School where she taught Honors Biology for 10 years and served as the Freshman House Leader. Mrs. Martin is excited to be back in middle school and part of such a dynamic team!

Jennifer McClay
Jennifer McClay

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

Jessica McKown
Jessica McKown

Math 7 and 7 Advanced

WB.S. in Secondary Education in Math and B.A. in Mathematics, Duquesne University
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The 2018-19 school year is Mrs. McKown's first year at Ruckel. In the classroom, she exhibits her passion for learning and helping others. Outside of the classroom, you can find Mrs. McKown at the beach, traveling, or spending time with family and friends. She is looking forward to working with her students and having an exciting school year at Ruckel!

Debbie Miller
Social Worker

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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

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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!

Mr. Myer
Reading Aide

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photo of Lisa Nall Lisa Nall
Science
B.S. in Zoology, University of Florida; M.Ed. in Science Education, University of Florida
Certification: Middle Grades Sciences, Biology 6-12, Gifted Education
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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 JV Academic Team sponsor, Gradebook manager, Staff development coordinator and the Go to Girl for all things Technology.

Sharleen Nunez
Physical Science

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Jon Olson
6th Grade World History
(Regular and Advanced)
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Mr. Olson started teaching in Okaloosa County in 2005. 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

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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.
Luisa Patterson
Italian
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Jamie PerryJamie Perry
Guidance Counselor

B.A. in Elementary Education, University of West Florida
Certifications: Elementary Education K-6, Middle Grades Integrated Curriculum, ESOL Endorsed

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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! Mrs. Perry is currently working on her Master's Degree in Counseling at Troy University. 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

Art

B.A. in Fine Art, University of Tampa
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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 and this year I started coaching JV Volleyball. I have a love for art and art history and love being in the classroom helping students develop their passion!


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
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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
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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.

Cheryl Ross
Staffing Specialist
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Amanda Savage-Speegle
Science
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Janet Simpson

Aide

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

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Alvin Smith
Advanced & Regular
7th Language Arts

B. A. English, Stillman College; M. Ed. Reading Specialist, Western Illinois University
Certification: Language Arts 6-12; Reading K-12
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Mr. Smith began his teaching career at Baker High School. He has also tuaght in Michigan, Georgia, Tennessee, and Maryland. He was Teacher of the Year in 1990 at Tate High School, Pensacola, FL. He taught the past seven years at Destin Middle School before coming to Ruckel. He has also served on the Florida Department of Education Reading Committee for FCAT the past six years. Mr. Smith has been educating young minds for 27 years, and nothing challenges him more than learning with his students.

Damian Sotelo
Science

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Anne Sparks, Ed.D. LMHC
School Mental Health Counselor

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Deb StahlDeb Stahl
6th Grade Math
B.S. Elementary Education; Miami University; M.A. Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Walden University
Certification: Mathematics 5-9, Elementary Education K-6
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Mrs. Stahl began teaching in 1991 and has taught a variety of subjects and grade levels in OH, Guam, MD, and VA. She left teaching for a few years during which time she moved to this area with her family so her boys could attend Niceville schools. Mrs. Stahl returned to the classroom and was fortunate to land her dream job of teaching middle school mathematics at Ruckel! She loves the students and staff at RMS and also enjoys being the cheerleading sponsor for the school. She is passionate about her subject and hopes to instill in her students a love of math and confidence to meet challenges head-on.

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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
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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
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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
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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)

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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
Spanish
B.S. University of West Florida; M.A. Northern Arizona University
Certification: Middle Grades 5-9 Mathematics, Spanish K-12
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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 Michelle TredwayMichelle Tredway
Choral Music
B. A. in Music, University of West Florida,M.M. in Music Education, Florida State University,
post-graduate studies in Piano Performance, University of South Florida
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Michelle Tredway has taught all age levels in the field of music during the past 28 years. Mrs. Tredway has taught ten years in elementary schools, eight years in middle schools, two years in high schools, and eight years as a professor in a small central Florida college. In addition to her music teaching career, she has worked as an accompanist and pit performer for Operas and Operettas in the Southeastern Lyric Theater at Southeastern College (now University), for Okaloosa All County Concerts, for the Okaloosa Chamber Singers, and six Florida All State Choirs. Mrs. Tredway is a certified Florida Vocal Association adjudicator. She has been called upon to be a Florida Association of Music Schools Reviewer for Model Schools Applications for the past 3 years. Additionally, she has been an adjudicator for the Florida State Music Teachers Association, and is an adjudicator for the Federation Of Music and Musicians. She is Kodaly trained, Yamaha MIE trained, and Orff Certified. During Mrs. Tredway's 8 years at Ruckel, the choirs under her direction have consistently received top 'Superior' ratings at Music Performance Assessments. The Select Trebles received 'Choir of Distinction'-over and above Straight Superior ratings in 2017 and 2018, and the 'Sight-Reading Choir of Distinction' in 2020. The Ambassadors Chorus received 'Choir of Distinction' -- over and above Straight Superior Ratings in 2019, and again in 2020.
Mrs. Tredway continues to be involved in the music ministry at Rocky Bayou Baptist Church. She lives in Niceville with her band director husband, Chris. Visit the RMS Chorus Page here!

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

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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

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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
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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 Cindy Wondrow
Algebra I Honors, Pre-Algebra, and 7th grade regular Math

B.A. Elementary Ed and Master's in Educational Administration, University of North Florida
Certifications: Educational Leadership, Elementary Ed (1-6), English for Speakers of Other Languages, Gifted, Mathematics, 5-9, Social Sciences, 5-9
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I grew up in Niceville and attended Plew, Ruckel, and Niceville! I got married and moved to Minnesota and then to Ponte Vedra Beach where I worked for 28 years in St. Johns County as an elementary teacher and middle school math teacher. Family brought me back to the Emerald Coast, and I'm loving my job here at Ruckel! I love teaching and learning, spending time with my family, and home improvement projects.
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Jolene Yen
Chorus Aide
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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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