Panhandle Educators Participate in Bay Co. Reading Association Conference

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PANAMA CITY -- Educators from across the panhandle received an invite to the Bay County Reading Association Conference. The Conference began at 7:30 this morning at Gulf Coast State College.
Nearly 400 teachers and administrators showed up for the 29th Annual Bay County Reading Association Conference.
"This is actually my third time I’m from Gadsden county and we have won the attendance award for three years in a row so we come, it's very exciting,” said Sonja Lewis, elementary school teacher.

"This is a venue for teachers to network from across the panhandle as i've said they've come as far as Gadsden County to Santa Rosa County and to have comradely and uplifting experience,” said Kathleen Fontaine, Conference Chair.

For the districts that are outside of Bay County….If they bring the most teachers from their school they receive an award.

Lewis is one of those teachers.
"This is our third year in a row winning with the most personnel down here,” Lewis said,
She teaches in Gadsden County at Gretna elementary school. She says today's conference is one of the best she's experienced so far.

"It seems to get better each time the keynote speakers are always energetic."

Inside Gulf Coast State College different speakers offered learning and teaching tips. Information sessions varied from writing tips to things like southern hospitality in the class room.

And for registered participants they were invited to eat lunch in a southern themed cafeteria.

“It gives you a chance to mix and mingle with other teachers and find out what's going on in their districts that maybe we could use in ours,” said Lewis.

The Bay County Reading Association Conference is an annual event, and will take place again next year.