School Board Approves New Assistant Principals

The School Board unanimously approved the selection of Lorna Carnley, Assistant Principal II and Jennifer Stewart, Assistant Principal I at Baker School, and Kelli Howard Assistant Principal II and Steve Anderson, Assistant Principal I at Davidson Middle School (not pictured), during the October 8 School Board meeting.

Lorna Carnley Named Assistant Principal II at Baker School

Lorna Carnley is a product of Okaloosa County Schools.  She attended Florosa Elementary School, Max Bruner Jr. High School, and graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School in 1985.  She earned her Bachelor's Degree from University of West Florida in 1990 and her Master's Degree is from Nova Southeastern University in 2001.  She has been an educator in Okaloosa County for twenty-one years.  At Baker School she has taught many different grade levels and subjects in both elementary and middle school.  She has been involved in Rtl, Project Child and has been a teacher leader throughout Baker School.  She holds certification in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Educational Leadership.   

“Lorna is a hard worker and passionate about education,” said Superintendent Dr. Alexis Tibbetts. “She has a clear understanding of the vision and mission of Baker School and works tirelessly to accomplish those goals.  Her colleagues at Baker School are aware of her commitment as she has led the academic team, sponsored both varsity and junior varsity cheerleaders, assisted with Odyssey of the Mind problems solving competitions and chaired the Prom and Homecoming committees in addition to her classroom teaching.  Mrs. Carnley is familiar with the unique needs of Baker School housing elementary, middle and high school students and is dedicated to the Baker community.  She is flexible, knowledgeable and highly energetic and willing to put in as much time as needed to assist students and teachers to increase performance. She is an effective communicator with parents, teachers and students.”

Carnley is married to, David Carnley, a teacher and coach at Davidson Middle School.  They have three children and one grandson.   Their oldest daughter, Heather, is a graduate of Baker School and a student at University of West Florida.  Their son, Hunter, is in the 9th grade and daughter, Hannah, is in the 8th grade at Baker School.  Both of her parents are retired from the Okaloosa County School System.

Kelli Howard Named Assistant Principal II at Davidson Middle School

Kelli Howard has been in the Okaloosa County School District for over twenty years.  She spent seventeen of those years as a sixth grade science teacher at Richbourg and Davidson Middle Schools.  For the past three years, Howard has served as Dean of Students at Davidson Middle School as a Teacher on Special Assignment where she has worn many hats.  Her move to assistant principal will allow her to assist in teacher evaluations and continue the work she has begun.  Howard holds her Bachelor's and Master's Degree from the University of West Florida and is certified in Elementary Education, Middle Grade Science, and Educational Leadership.

“Kelli is flexible, dependable, and has a strong work ethic,” said Tibbetts. “She is a problem solver and is adept at multi-tasking.  She cares about each single child and employee and she is committed to Davidson Middle School.”

Howard has been married for 21 years to her husband, Ted, and they have one daughter, Madison, who is nine years old.  Education is a legacy in her family as her father, Grover Hicks, was principal at Laurel Hill School.

Jennifer Stewart Named Assistant Principal I at Baker School

Jennifer Stewart has been in the Okaloosa County School District for the past thirteen years.  She spent four of those years as an elementary teacher at both Baker School and Northwood Elementary School.  She then spent one year each as a Title I teacher and Literacy Coach at Baker School.  For the past seven years, Stewart has served as the Assistant Principal II at Baker School.  Stewart holds her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the University of West Florida and is certified in Elementary Education.

Stewart has been married for 17 years to her husband, David, and they have two daughters, Emily who is thirteen years old and Lindsey who is eleven years old.

Stewart is very proud to be an Assistant Principal at Baker School due to the fact she attended kindergarten through twelfth grade at Baker School.   She is looking forward to continuing to give back to the school and her community through her promotion from Assistant Principal II to Assistant Principal I.

Steve Anderson, not pictured, was also promoted to Assistant Principal I at Davidson Middle School.