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Wakulla School District Introduces New Teachers for 2018-2019

July 30, 2018


WAKULLA PRE-K (Wakulla Education Center)

Laura “Addie” Allen will be teaching Pre-Kindergarten. Crawfordville is her hometown and she has been teaching at COAST Charter School for 5 years.  She is certified in Elementary Ed. from Liberty University. Her hobbies are sewing, gardening, and crafting.


Alice Bickford has been working as an ESE (Exceptional Student Education) paraprofessional for 3 years at Crawfordville Elementary and will now be a teacher at Pre-K.  Originally from Ft. Lauderdale, she earned her degree in Child Development from FSU. She enjoys spending time with her family.


Sara Dow is a first year teacher and will be working at Wakulla Pre-K.  A native of Wakulla, she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida.  She enjoys crafting and going to Disney World.          


Michelle Pitts completed 13 years of teaching in Leon County and will now teach at Wakulla Pre-K.  A native of Rockville, Indiana, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Ed. from Indiana State University.  She enjoys reading, painting and swimming.



Susan Jones will be teaching 5th grade at Crawfordville Elementary with 27 years of experience in the classroom.  A native of Tallahassee, she studied Environmental Science at Christopher Newport University and went on to earn bachelor’s degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Ed. from Florida Atlantic University, plus a degree in Biology from the University of the South in Tennessee.



Brittney O’Brian will be teaching 2nd grade at Medart Elementary.  She has one year of teaching experience in her hometown of Tallahassee after graduating from Flagler College with degrees in Elementary Ed. and ESE.   Recently, she moved to Wakulla because she wanted to live and teach in a smaller community.  She enjoys cooking and spending time with friends and family.



Diana Monkouski will be teaching 5th grade science and social studies at Riversink Elementary after 3 years of teaching in Duval County. She is from Sykesville, Maryland and earned degrees in International Relations and Spanish at Roanoke College in Virginia.  In her free time, she teaches yoga and indoor cycling.


Tylie Prince came back to her hometown of Crawfordville to live and to teach 3rd grade at Riversink Elementary. She brings 11 years of teaching experience from Colorado Springs; Clinton, Tennessee; and Department of Defense Schools in Europe.  Prince holds bachelor’s degrees in German and Biology, plus a master’s degree in Education, grades K through 8.



Meena Mihalski will be teaching 4th grade at Shadeville Elementary.  She is a first year teacher, after graduating from Ohio State with a bachelor’s degree in 2017 and a Master of Education degree in 2018.  In her free time, she enjoys weightlifting, kayaking, hiking, singing, and traveling.


Jami Pekas will be teaching 1st grade at Shadeville. She is a native of Sarasota who graduated from FSU with a degree in Early Childhood and a minor in Child Development.  After one year of teaching in Williamson School District in Tennessee, she moved to Wakulla and loves the family feel here. Calligraphy is one of her hobbies.


Camden Smit will be teaching 5th grade at Shadeville.  Her hometown is in Lake County, FL, but her husband is a Wakulla native.  She has one prior year of teaching in Gulf County.  At the University of Florida, she earned a degree in Journalism.  On days off, she loves going out on the river.



Carol Broome will be returning to RMS to teach 7th and 8th grade science after leaving to teach in Georgia last year.  She has 13 years of teaching experience, earning a bachelor’s degree in Child Development from FSU and a master’s degree in Technology from Canyon University.  Along with spending time with her family, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, and crafting.


Kim McMillan will be teaching 6th grade English Language Arts at RMS after working there as a paraprofessional last year.  A native of Alabama, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Troy State University.  Her hobbies include all things Harry Potter, reading, and creating art for her home.


Jessica Strickland will serve as an ESE teacher in grades 6 through 8.  A Crawfordville native, she earned bachelor’s degrees in Education and Exceptional Student Education from Flagler College.  She enjoys sewing, reading, and going on adventures with her five daughters.



Alexis Branch will be teaching 8th grade English Language Arts at WMS.  From Marathon, FL, she earned a degree in Secondary English Education from the University of South Florida.  Her hobbies include reading, working out, plus enjoying nature and art.


Patrick Whyte will be teaching Physical Education to students in grades 6, 7, and 8 at WMS.  A native of Palm Beach, he graduated from FAMU with a bachelor’s degree.  His interests include football, basketball, baseball, and track.



Heather Cash will be teaching the new Cosmetology program at WHS, adding to the CTE (Career and Technical Education) course offerings where students can work toward industry certifications.  A Tallahassee native, she graduated from Aveda Institute.  She spends her time outside of work taking care of her family while spending time at the rec park, the family farm, or poolside.

Barbie Hartsfield will be teaching math at WHS.  A native of Panama City, she earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and taught in Leon County for 4 years.  She enjoys reading, going to the beach, and watching FSU football and Tampa Bay hockey games.


Sheryl Heninger will be teaching science at WHS.  A native of Panama City Beach, she attended Palm Beach Atlantic University where she earned bachelor’s degrees in Biology and in Anatomy.  She enjoys volleyball, beach volleyball, golf, tennis, and outdoor sports in general.


Robert A. Lane will be a new NJROTC instructor at WHS.  Originally from Valdosta, GA, he attended Ashford University and earned a degree in Early Childhood Education. 


Aaron Lohmeyer will be teaching Music (general and guitar) at WHS.  A Quincy native, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and three degrees from FSU: a master’s in Music, a master’s in Music Education, and a PhD in Music Education.  He enjoys playing the saxophone, guitar, and banjo.


Colleen Maley will be teaching science at WHS.  A native of Ft. Pierce, she graduated from FSU with a bachelor’s degree in Science Education and went on to teach in Texas for one year and in Tallahassee for 6 years.  She is enthused to meet her students and share her love of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).


Eden Rodgers will be the ESE Coordinator for WHS.  A graduate of Wakulla High, she played softball at the University of Wisconsin where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  She went on to earn master’s and education specialist degrees in Mental Health, and a master’s degree in Ed. Leadership.   She enjoys playing and coaching softball.


Hannah Strickland will be teaching science and AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) classes at WHS.  A Tallahassee native, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Valdosta State University in Exercise Physiology.  She enjoys coaching softball, going to the beach, fishing, kayaking, and hunting. 



John Cooper will be working as an ESE teacher for Wakulla Institute which houses alternative programs on the District Office site.  A Crawfordville native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management from Faulkner University in Alabama.  He taught in Franklin and Bay Counties for three years before returning to Wakulla.  He spends his free time as a football coach for Wakulla High.



Sarah H. Hundley brings her skills as a social worker to serve children in any of the Wakulla County Schools.  The South Carolina native earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the College of Charleston and an MSW (Master’s of Social Work) from FSU, plus she has 23 years of experience in multiple states.  She is a writer who enjoys kayaking, bird watching, photography, and hiking/biking with family and friends.



Francine Morgan will be working for Wakulla Adult and Community Education as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) instructor. The Monticello native earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from FSU, and worked in the Neonatal ICU at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She enjoys gardening, kayaking, and going to the beach.