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Nov 29, 2022

Teacher of the Year: Berryhill Elementary School Children’s author helping plot students’ success

Berryhill Elementary may be the only school in Santa Rosa County that can boast a published playwright among its faculty.

Nov 8, 2022

Teaching is the right fit for Milton High’s Randy Parazine

Randy Parazine is going over instructions on a Wednesday morning in early November on how to make a sales pitch. The lesson is for the students in his entrepreneurship class at Milton High. He’s in the environment he was always destined to be in. The classroom. He originally got away from that dream when he was younger.

Oct 21, 2022

Santa Rosa announces Teachers of the Year

Santa Rosa Education Foundation is pleased to announce the thirty-five nominees for Santa Rosa Teacher of the Year.  Nominees were selected by their peers at schools throughout the district.

Oct 18, 2022

BioTech Academy at Pace takes science to another level

White coat? Check. Lab equipment? All set. Copper Sulfate and Sodium Hydroxide? We got it.

It’s a back-to-school-day of sorts for a reporter as he steps into the BioTech Academy lab at Pace High School. Students in the high-level science program have a lab ready for their classroom visitor to perform.


Oct 11, 2022

Foster Grandparent Program returns to Santa Rosa County

If you were lucky enough to have your grandparents in your life, you probably remember them teaching you things or just being there for you as you grew up.

That model of helping to raise kids is being translated to area schools in the form of the foster grandparent program.


Oct 4, 2022

On the farm: LEAD Academy teaches everything agriculture

When you go to LEAD Academy off Chumuckla Highway, you might hear teachers teaching arithmetic, children talking and playing, and… cows mooing?

Not too many schools have a barn, but LEAD Academy is not your typical school. Founded in 2013, LEAD Academy is a private, Christian academy that teaches things such as grammar, logic, and rhetoric. On top of those, they also have an agriculture program.


Oct 3, 2022

Broadcast classrooms connect students, educators

When you walk into Dan Schmitt’s classroom at Holley Navarre Middle School, you immediately notice the rather large screens that dot the front portion of the room.

These screens are not meant to show movies or videos, but to help connect students dozens of miles away.


Sep 12, 2022

Sims Middle School helps Jackson, Miss. by collecting water

Students and faculty at Thomas L. Sims Middle School in Pace came together to help the citizens of Jackson, Mississippi this past week.

Jackson, Mississippi has been without reliable drinking water for several weeks after pumps at the city’s main water treatment plant failed. This has led to a substantial need for bottled water for Jackson’s more than 150,000 residents. In response to the crisis, Sims Middle School’s Anchored4Life program decided to be part of the solution.


Sep 7, 2022

Jay FFA looks to follow up banner year

Jay High School’s Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter has made a name for itself over the past several years, especially last year.

At the state convention over the summer, Jay High took home several awards and received plenty of recognition for their success in competitions such as parliamentary procedure, public speaking, and more agriculturally base contests.


Sep 2, 2022

Sims Middle School to help Jackson, Mississippi with water donations

The students and faculty of Thomas L. Sims Middle School in Pace are looking to help those effected by the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi. They will be holding a water drive to collect donations on Tues., Sept. 6 and Wed., Sept. 7 at the school.

Jackson, Mississippi is without reliable drinking water indefinitely after pumps at the city’s main water treatment plant failed. This has led to a substantial need for bottled water for Jackson’s more than 150,000 residents. Sims hopes to fill this need and do some good along the way.



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