2015 Teacher Spotlight


Teacher-of-the-Year, Lynn Haven Elementary School 2014-2015


Deena Shepherd | Lynn Haven Elementary School

It is a true family environment inside the classroom of fourth grade inclusion teacher Deena Shepard.  She is just the right mix of teacher and mother that her students need to feel confident, comfortable and completely ready to learn.  She admits to her students that she is a little “intense” which simply communicates to them her willingness to pull out all the stops to motivate and encourage every one of them to succeed.  A believer in cooperative learning, Deena is fostering critical thinking skills, personal accountability and collaborative learning which will help her students in their future academic pursuits and their real-world careers.  Colleagues recognize Deena as a leader.  She is a Math Masters representative, the First in Math representative, and a model teacher. 

Teacher-of-the-Year, Tommy Smith Elementary School 2014-2015


Bonnie Campbell | Tommy Smith Elementary School

With seemingly endless energy and boundless commitment, Bonnie Campbell has made her media center the focus of her school community.  Before school, she offers homework assistance, sponsors a Boys Book Club, runs the Journalism Club and provides middle school mentoring for fifth graders.  After school, Bonnie volunteers to teach mini lessons to Bay Base students, hosts Family Literacy Nights, and is always ready to help with PTO events.  Highly motivated to serve, Bonnie freely gives her time to colleagues by modeling lessons, by teaching new technology and by providing resources geared to their classroom topics.  She is known as the “techno wizard” with the kind, understanding and very patient approach that makes everyone feel comfortable.  Bonnie leads the Literacy League, serves as chair of special area and second grade, and leads training's at the District level.  This is Bonnie’s second nomination for this honor.      

Pre-Med Academy at Mosley High School

Dr. Wade

Dr. John Wade – Mosley High School

The new Pre-Med Academy at Mosley High School is the creation of Dr. John Wade, a recent completer of the EPI program at GCSC and now a teacher with Bay District Schools.  The pre-med program gives students a foundation to begin future careers in the health care profession.  The program focuses on real-world experiences, development of skills needed in the health care profession, and opportunities to interact with local health care professionals.  Advanced courses in biology, anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and mathematics include both lecture and practical lab experiences.  Dr. Wade and his innovative idea, gives students the opportunity to develop health care skills that could lead to exciting careers in the medical profession.  Kudos to Dr. Wade!  See additional information at: