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Wakulla School District Introduces New Teachers and Counselors for 2019-2020
July 30, 2019
“Welcome to all of our teachers and counselors new to Wakulla County schools. We are fortunate to have such talented people apply to work here. We welcome their energy and skills to add to our dedicated school faculties,” said Superintendent Bobby Pearce.
WAKULLA PRE-KINDERGARTEN at WEC (Wakulla Education Center)
Nicole Beard will be teaching Pre-Kindergarten students at WEC. Tallahassee is her hometown. She has one year of experience teaching in Leon County and almost four years of substituting in Wakulla County. Beard has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Flagler College. She enjoys scrapbooking.
Rebecca Hall Culley has been teaching in Leon County for 13 years and now will be teaching at WEC Pre-Kindergarten. Culley graduated from FSU with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys going to the beach and spending time with her family.
CRAWFORDVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Jacqueline Favors will be working at CES as an Exceptional Student Education Varying Exceptionalities (ESE VE) teacher in Kindergarten through Grade 2. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from National University in California. Favors comes from Southern California and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and traveling.
Amanda Gaines will be teaching 3rd grade at CES with a combined 6 years of experience from Jefferson County and COAST Independent Charter School. A native of Crawfordville, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from FSU. Gaines enjoys reading and playing the guitar.
Samantha Morgan Hatcher will be teaching 2nd grade at CES. Originally from Louisville, Mississippi, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from Mississippi State. Her interests include softball and track, plus she is an artist and self-described “book worm”.
Kyli Pinkerton will be working at CES as an Exceptional Student Education Varying Exceptionalities (ESE VE) teacher. She is a Tallahassee native and has taught in Leon County for 8 years. Pinkerton holds a degree in Mental Disabilities from FSU. She enjoys shopping, reading, and swimming.
Kelly Tomberlin will be teaching 4th grade math and science at CES. A native of Crawfordville, she has been teaching in Leon County for 6 years. Tomberlin holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Flagler College. She enjoys painting, spending time with her family, boating, and FSU football.
MEDART ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Stephanie DiLorenzo will be teaching 1st grade at MES. A Sopchoppy native, she earned bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education and Exceptional Student Education from Flagler College. She enjoys fishing.
Joyce Jennings will be teaching Pre-Kindergarten at Medart Elementary. A Marianna native, she taught in Leon County for one year. Jennings earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a master’s degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon University. She enjoys art, especially drawing, and watching football.
RIVERSINK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Donna H. Temple will be teaching kindergarten at RES after more than 20 years of teaching in South Carolina and Alabama. Temple earned a bachelor’s degree from Troy University and a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina. She enjoys reading, playing the piano, and family time.
SHADEVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Allison Garrett will be teaching 4th grade at SES. She is a first year teacher, after graduating from Flagler College with bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education and Exceptional Student Education. A Crawfordville native, Garrett enjoys gardening, reading, and being outdoors.
Bailee Mardis will be teaching 1st grade at SES. A Wakulla native, she is a first year teacher with bachelor’s degrees from Flagler College in Elementary Education and Exceptional Student Education. Mardis enjoys spending time with her family.
Felicia Pietrzak will be teaching 1st grade at SES with 5 years of experience teaching in Leon County. She earned bachelor’s degrees from Flagler College in Elementary Education and Exceptional Student Education. Pietrzak enjoys camping, fishing, and boating.
RIVERSPRINGS MIDDLE SCHOOL
Frances W. Knight will be returning to RMS to teach PE and Health. The beloved teacher and coach has 33 years of experience in Wakulla County Schools at WMS and RMS. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida A & M University. Knight enjoys playing tennis and “loving kids”.
WAKULLA MIDDLE SCHOOL
Stacy Pfeifer will be teaching 7th grade math and science at WMS in her first year as an educator. A native of St. Marks, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Flagler College. Pfeifer enjoys taking family vacations.
Sierra Roberts will be teaching 6th grade Language Arts at WMS with 5 years of experience in Panama City. A native of Donalsonville, Georgia, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Reading Endorsement from Chipola College. Roberts enjoys “Do It Yourself” projects, crafting, music, theater, dance, and singing.
WAKULLA HIGH SCHOOL
Kathryn Aguiar will be teaching World History and U.S. History at WHS. She has almost four years of experience from teaching in Wake County, North Carolina and in Leon County. A Miami native, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Science Education from FSU. Aguiar enjoys running, reading, crafting, volleyball, and cheerleading.
Kristi Knowles will be teaching U.S. History at WHS. She returns from Marathon, Florida to add to her 12 years of experience teaching in Wakulla County Schools. Knowles holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from FSU. She enjoys diving, traveling, and family time.
Lee Anne Lariscy will be teaching math at WHS. A Lakeland native, she taught one year in Polk County. Lariscy earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern College in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She enjoys activities with her family, building small projects, and painting.
Spurgeon McWilliams will be a new Associate Dean/Counselor in the WHS Student Services Department. He has over 10 years of experience as an educator in his hometown of Tallahassee. McWilliams earned degrees from FAMU and from Jacksonville State University in Alabama. He enjoys playing the trumpet and golfing.
Susan Shiver will be teaching Biology at WHS. A Tallahassee native, she has 16 years of experience teaching in Phenix City, Alabama. Shiver earned a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and a master’s degree from Columbus State University. She enjoys exercising.
Dr. Morgan Stuart will be teaching Music and Guitar at WHS. A Jacksonville native, he holds a Doctorate in Music from FSU. Stuart enjoys playing classical guitar and weightlifting.
Kathryn “Nikki” Hummel will be serving students districtwide as a social worker. A Gainesville native, she earned a master’s degree in Social Work from FSU. Hummel enjoys watching movies, spending time with friends, and playing the clarinet.
Angela Still will be serving students districtwide as a social worker. A Ft. Walton Beach native, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Family and Child Science and a master’s degree in Social Work from FSU. Still enjoys going to the movies and to the beach.