Bay District schools and area educators took eight of 13 awards given through the Just Read! Florida initiative in Region 1, one of five regions in Florida. Of the 18 counties in Region 1 only three counties were recognized – Bay with the most awards (8), Okaloosa (4) and Escambia (1) to follow.
Region 1 District Literacy Leader of the Year – Lendy Willis, Executive Director Curriculum & Instructional Services.
Region 1 Elementary Literacy Leader of the Year – Ellie Spivey, Principal
Patronis Elementary School.
Region 1 Middle School Literacy Leader of the Year – Charlotte Marshall, Principal, Merritt Brown Middle School.
Region 1 Elementary Reading Teacher of the Year – Roxanne Register,
Waller Elementary School.
Region 1 Elementary Reading Coach of the Year – Christy Williamson,
Cedar Grove Elementary School.
Region 1 Middle School Reading Coach of the Year – Patricia Eidson,
Bay Haven Charter Academy.
Region 1 Elementary Reading Leadership Team of the Year – Patronis Elementary School.
Region 1 Middle School Reading Leadership Team of the Year – Mowat Middle School.
School district reading programs must adhere to stringent guidelines in order to receive these prestigious awards.
The Just Read! Florida initiative was lead in Bay District Schools by the Curriculum & Instructional Services Team which designed, developed, and implemented the Comprehensive Reading Plan which provides the framework for all children to have the best opportunity to learn to read. According to CIS staff Bay is the only school that has met this level of performance since the initiative began.
Just Read! Florida was started with an Executive Order on September 7, 2001 by then Governor Jeb Bush. Just Read, Florida! is a comprehensive and coordinated prioritizes reading in public schools and among all the community groups and volunteer organizations that support them.