Military Families

School Point of Contact: Mrs. Connelly, Guidance

The Okaloosa STEMM Academy is committed to provide critical transition supports for military-connected children as they relocate to new schools due to a parent's change in duty station. We recognize the educational and socio-emotional challenges military-connected children face with during their transition to a new school. Our focus is to eliminate barriers to the academic success of military-connected children and to assist military families with education matters that are unique to the military lifestyle such as school transitions, frequent moves, deployment, and education inconsistencies that exist from state-to-state.

Mrs. Connelly, our school counselor, is our POC for military families. She is available to help incoming families navigate the enrollment and registration process, and connect them to resources and information on an ongoing basis. She will also ensure that students and parents feel supported throughout their time in our STEMM community. As a military Gold Star wife, she understands the unique challenges that students and parents face. 

Our Student 2 Student (S2S) Ambassadors program is a student-led program with the mission to take care of new students. STEMM's S2S Ambassadors are sponsored by Mrs. Russ and Mr. Pink. The S2S Ambassadors welcome our incoming students, show them their new campus, and introduce them to their new community. S2S Ambassadors provide fun ways for new students to get to know other students and to build new peer groups. The S2S is a student program that brings military and civilian students together to create a positive environment, support academic excellence, and ease transitions. The S2S Ambassadors provide a welcoming face to ease the stress of joining a new community. They can answer questions about extracurricular activities, clubs, coursework. 

School Liason Program

The OCSD School Liaison Program aims to connect schools, families, and communities in order to meet the educational needs of the military-connected child. The School Liaison is the point of contact between the military installation, school administration, parents and the community as a whole. The goals of the program are to:

  • Promote communication between local K-12 schools, military families, installation and surrounding communities.
  • Promote parental involvement in their children’s education.
  • Identify barriers to academic success.
  • Develop solutions in partnership with local schools and military-connected families to overcome obstacles to successful education and school transition.

Seven C's of Child and Youth Education Services

  • Connecting schools, families and communities to meet the unique needs of PreK-12 military-connected students
  • Cultivate communication pathways between families, schools, community stakeholders and the military
  • Customize real-time solutions for military-connected students facing transitional barriers and educational gaps
  • Collaborate with community stakeholders to build a platform for enhanced educational opportunities and partnerships
  • Comprehensive professional development for educators to understand the military lifestyle
  • Construct a network of extensive resources for building resilient communities
  • Create a system of support for military-connected students experiencing parental deployment or separation

School Liason Contacts

Military Family Resources

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Scheree Martin, Principal

Okaloosa STEMM Academy
379 Edge Avenue
Valparaiso, FL 32580

School Hours: 7:00 - 2:30
Phone: 850-833-4120 

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