Bay Virtual - Staff

  • Shelly

    Shelly Rouse

    Project Coordinator for Virtual Programs
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    Ms. Rouse joined Bay Virtual School as the new principal in 2016. Her career in education has been varied. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Florida State University and as an Air Force spouse, had the opportunity to teach in many different states as well as overseas. She continued her education with Florida State University, earning her Masters in Educational Leadership. She has served as a district level administrator since 2011, providing support for district elementary initiatives, supervising the district’s Home School program, and managing compliance issues with the local charter schools. Ms. Rouse loves spending time with her family and uses her free time for traveling and renovating/restoring vintage homes.

  • Belinda

    Belinda McLane

    Lead Program Manager for Online Learning
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    Mrs. McLane joined the Bay Virtual School in August 2014 as an administrator and guidance counselor. She began her educational career in 1991 teaching elementary grades. Since 1991 she has served in many roles in education: middle grades reading teacher, school technology specialist, curriculum specialist, assistant principal, and district curriculum director grades PK-12. Throughout her career she has embraced new educational technologies and the opportunities it brings to enhance student learning. She lives in Bay County with her husband. She is passionate about her sons and her five grandchildren. She spends her free time traveling and crafting!

  • Diane

    Diane Fields

    Lead Program Manager for Online Learning
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    Ms. Fields joined Bay Virtual School in 2015 as an administrator of our new online elementary school. She is known as a passionate educator within Bay District Schools. Ms. Fields earned two graduate degrees; a Master of Business Administration from Fordham University in New York City, and a MS in Elementary Education from Florida State University. In 2016 the Department of Education recognized Ms. Fields as a High Impact Teacher in the state of Florida. Ms. Fields keeps busy as an adjunct faculty member preparing future educators at Gulf Coast State College, and enjoys travel to Atlanta to visit her son.

  • Cindy

    Cindy Gross

    BVS Data Clerk
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    Cindy Gross joined Bay Virtual School August of 2015. Mrs. Gross has worked for Bay District Schools for the past 19 years. She and her husband have 2 children and a very lively three year old granddaughter. During her off time she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

  • Debi

    Debi Howell

    Home School Dept. / Instructional SPC Asst.
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    Mrs. Howell started her career with Bay District Schools at Lynn Haven Elementary where she worked as a para and an ESE clerk. Mrs. Howell moved to Emerald Bay where she was the Attendance and Welcome Center Coordinator. Six years ago, Mrs. Howell joined the Student Services team and works as an Instructional Specialist Assistant in the Home School department. Mrs. Howell loves to spend time with her husband, daughter, and son-in-law, and admits that her "grandson" has stolen her heart.

Graduation Pathways

  • Jennifer

    Jennifer Jennings

    Instructional Specialist
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    Mrs. Jennings is the Instructional Specialist for Graduation Pathways serving all Bay District high schools. She began her career in 1995 teaching elementary grades at Springfield Elementary, Cedar Grove Elementary and Hiland Park Elementary. Additionally, she served as an MTSS Staff Training Specialist from 2008-2010. Mrs. Jennings began her district/administrative career as an Instructional Specialist for Student Services in 2010 and remained in that role until August 2015. She now serves as the Instructional Specialist for Graduation Pathways (Graduation Coach) for all area high schools. She lives in Bay County with her husband, Joe. Mrs. Jennings loves movies, reading and shopping.

  • Stacey

    Stacey Nelson

    Instructional Specialist Assisstant
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    Stacey Nelson is an Instructional Specialist Assistant for Graduation Pathways. Stacey is a native of Panama City Florida where she and her husband of 31 years have raised their family. She and her husband Danny have three sons and one grandson. Stacey has over 20 years of experience working in Bay District Schools. Her career began at Hiland Park Elementary in 1988. Stacey transferred to Springfield Elementary and then to A. Crawford Mosley High School as their Registrar before taking this position at the District office. Her background and experience is in Data Management, Testing coordination, and organization of Senior Recognition and Graduation. Stacey enjoys spending time with her family and her wonderful grandson. Her hobbies include shopping, boating, and bike riding.

Bay Virtual - Faculty

  • Bud

    Bud Abell

    Driver's Ed
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    My background began as a student and football player at the University of Missouri. After graduation I played linebacker for four years with the Kansas City Chiefs and was fortunate to play in the 1st Superbowl. I received my Bachelors degree in Physical Education and Driver's Education. I later attained my Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Southern Mississippi. I have taught at Bay Virtual School for the past two years. I am the father of four children and have eight grandchildren. All girls!

  • Steven

    Steven Amburgey

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    Mr. Amburgey joined Bay Virtual School the first year it opened. He started teaching in 1988 has taught junior high and high school science, agriculture, AP chemistry and many science courses in between. He has been an assistant principal, a principal and is currently the Supervisor of Data Assurance, Accountability and Assessment for the Clay County School District. He and his family own and operate an equestrian center specializing hunters, jumping and dressage and are huge supporters of the Florida 4-H program. In his spare time, he is also a professional singer in the genres of contemporary Christian, Southern Gospel and positive Country. He is currently the tenor and co-lead of Reign Down, a gospel group in the North Florida area.

  • Ryan

    Ryan Anderson

    History / Gov't
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    Mr. Anderson began teaching High School Social Studies in Bay District Schools in 2007 and has been teaching at Bay Virtual School since 2010. Mr. Anderson has earned a Bachelors Degree in History and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and is state certified in Social Science 6-12, Physical Education K-12 and Educational Leadership. Mr Anderson currently works full time as an instructional technology coach for Bay District Schools and is an adjunct professor at Gulf Coast State College. In his free time Mr. Anderson loves to spend time with his family, taking trips to Disney and enjoys just about any sport event he can attend!

  • Kelly

    Kelly Ankoviak

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    Mrs. Ankoviak started her career in Education in 2006 after graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in Actuarial Science and then Baldwin Wallace College with a Masters Degree in Educational Technology. She has been working in Bay County Schools ever since. She has taught High School Math and just recently switched over to teaching at the elementary level. Having coached volleyball and fast-pitch softball, she loves spending time with her two young children playing sports. Mrs. Ankoviak has worked for Bay Virtual School since it first became a program.

  • Vern

    Vern Barth

    Business / Phys Ed
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    Mr. Barth joined on with Bay Virtual School in the fall of 2015. I have been a teacher for 15 years. I moved to the Panama City area in June 2004. I have taught in Bay, Gulf, Marion and Hernando County. I enjoy watching students work hard and accomplish their goals. I have a Bachelor’s Degree from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri and will finish up my Master’s degree from the University of West Florida in May of 2017. I enjoy continuing to learn and improve myself and enhance my personal learning and well as learning new ways to help my students to be the best they can be. I am married with three children of my own various ages, so I know how to relate as a teacher and a parent when it comes to flexibility of life’s challenges. Thank you for visiting my Bio and I look forward to working with you in my classes.

  • Jennifer

    Jennifer Beach

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    Mrs. Beach joined the Bay Virtual School team in 2011. She is currently a reading teacher at Mowat Middle School in addition to working with English and Language Arts students with Bay Virtual School. Mrs. Beach loves the flexibility that virtual school offers to students who are looking to receive their education outside the traditional classroom. She also enjoys getting to know each student personally even though they may not ever meet face to face. In her free time Mrs. Beach travels whenever possible and especially takes advantage of time off to cruise the Caribbean with her family. She is a graduate of Florida State University and looks great in garnet and gold - Go Noles!

  • Jeremiah

    Jeremiah Castleberry

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    Jeremiah Castleberry is an enthusiastic Teacher with excellent communication skills. He is motivated with the ability to inspire students to achieve success. He uses Effective and efficient methods of teaching while focusing on the needs of the students. He has a belief that each student has the potential to achieve academic success. Jeremiah is currently an 8th grade math teacher at Marianna Middle School in Marianna, Florida where he teaches Grade 8 Pre-Algebra and Grade 8 Algebra 1 Honors. He is currently in his 14th year of teaching, serving all of those years in Jackson County. Prior to teaching, Jeremiah served as a Civil Engineer for 5 years with BE&K Engineering and PBS&J Engineering. He is a 1998 graduate of Florida State University with a BS Degree in Civil Engineering. Jeremiah is married and he and his wife have two children.

  • Myra

    Myra Crews

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    Ms. Crews has double science opportunities with Edgenuity and Rutherford High School chemistry students. She has twin daughters and a lovely puppy named Sweetie. Ms Crews is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. She loves traveling, reading, sewing and gardening.

  • Heather

    Heather Fox

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    Ms. Fox obtained her Bachelors Degree in Education from Florida State University beginning her career in Kindergarten. After a stint in elementary, and obtaining her Reading Endorsement, she was recruited into middle and high school Intensive Reading. Intervention and struggling students has been her heartbeat throughout her career so she obtained her Master's Degree in Reading English Language Arts. She is currently a Teacher on Special Assignment with Bay Virtual in the Credit Recovery programs for Bay District high schools. Her free-time is spent enjoying her children and family getting 'vitamin Sea' on the World's Most Beautiful Beaches!

  • Jason

    Jason Grandy

    Social Science
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    Mr. Jason Grandy grew up in Orlando, Florida, where he earned his Social Studies Education degree at the University of Central Florida. He moved to Panama City Beach in 2003 and began a teaching career with Bay District Schools. For 12 years, Mr. Grandy had much success teaching various Social Studies courses at Everitt Middle School. He was honored to be named Teacher of the Year at Everitt in 2015. Since 2016, Jason has been a member of the Bay Virtual School faculty, working in high school and middle school online teaching. He is also a performing singer and songwriter around Bay County and beyond. Mr. Grandy is a dedicated teacher and enjoys the fulfillment of educating young people.

  • Kathleen

    Kathy Jones

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    Mrs. Jones has taught middle school and high school mathematics courses for many years. She has tutored college students in mathematics at Gulf Coast State College. Mrs. Jones has also taught science and Project Lead the Way Gateway to Technology (PLTW GTT) pre-engineering classes. Mrs. Jones has a Bachelors of Science from George Mason University and a Masters of Science from Florida State University. She is a National Board Certified Math Teacher and the Florida 2011 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Mrs. Jones grew up in Virginia near Washington, D.C. She moved to Florida in late 1980 to enjoy the warm sunshine and beach. She enjoys golf, cooking, gardening, biking, and spending time with her husband, son, and dog.

  • Linda

    Linda Jones

    Physical Education
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    Coach Jones is a product of Okaloosa County School System. She has taught and coached at both Crestview H.S. Coach Jones is a product of Okaloosa County School System. She has taught and coached at both Crestview H.S. and currently Bruner Middle School since 1986. A graduate of Fort Walton Beach H.S. in 1977, Coach Jones accepted a basketball scholarship to attend Northwestern State University of LA. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1981 and then her Masters of Science degree in 1982, both in Health Physical Education and Recreation. After 4 years of coaching and teaching in LA, Coach Jones returned to her home town of FWB to be closer to family. After 25 years at Bruner, MS, she still loves teaching her young students the importance of fitness, and they still help her to remember to have fun doing it. Coach Jones began teaching online for Okaloosa County in 2005 and shortly after became an adjunct instructor for Bay Virtual School. She enjoys working with High School students with her online courses and likes the variety of classes she teaches. Many of her students have improved their fitness levels by learning how to create their own workouts and finding out what activities keep them interested in staying active. Coach Jones lives in Pensacola, FL. She enjoys playing golf, cheering for the New Orleans Saints and is a Notre Dame Fighting Irish Fan.

  • Sean

    Sean O'Donnell

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    I studied Math Education at the University of Central Florida. While there I performed many different service projects to prepare me for my teaching career. I moved back to Panama City Beach to help my family in 2012 and struggled to find a teaching job. I started working in a restaurant and made my way to manager in the first year. Then started teaching at Mosley and have enjoyed every minute of it.

  • Khim

    Khim Patton

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    I am excited to be part of Bay Virtual School. I hold a bachelor’s degree from UF and a master’s degree from FSU. Most of my career was spent teaching high school math including some time at FLVS. After seeing the need for student support, I earned a degree in Counseling/Psychology and currently work as a middle school counselor. Outside school, I have many interests; my favorite is spending time with family.

  • Aldo

    Aldo Redaelli

    Spanish / Tehnology
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    .My name is Aldo Redaelli and I have worked as a teacher for 30 years, the last six or so with Bay Virtual School. I have a Masters in Educational Leadership, and I teach Spanish, Physical Education, and Technology classes. I enjoy playing computer games, and using all kinds of technology “toys”. I also enjoy listening to music, watching sports, such as college football and basketball, NFL, NBA, etc. Of course, going to watch the Seminoles play football with my son, makes for a perfect weekend! Spending time with my family is very important to me. My true passion is teaching, and I am lucky enough to work with a great team and to have great students.

  • David

    David Schwartz

    History / Economics /
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    Dave Schwartz, Ph.D. has been with Bay Virtual School since 2013. He teaches a wide variety of subjects from the Language Arts and Social Studies disciplines. His favorite part of BVS is all the individual time he gets talking with each student. Dr. Schwartz graduated from Bay High School in 1986. He went on to earn a degree in Philosophy from Tulane University before he turned his attention to music. He studied Theory and Composition at Loyola of New Orleans before going on to earn graduate degrees at Cleveland State University and U.C. Santa Barbara. Dave is the founder and CEO of Music Academy Online and he has published a paper on the use of virtual technology for teaching music. Dr. Schwartz continues to compose and write. And when he is not watching the Green Bay Packers on Sundays, he is playing or recording with his band the Vince Berman Trio.

  • Debra

    Debra Statham

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    After earning my first bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida, I decided to blend my love of literature with my desire to work with young people and become a teacher. I then earned a Bachelor’s in English followed by a Master’s in Secondary English Education at the University of Florida as well. I loved my years in Gainesville and will always be a loyal Gator, but I wanted to return home, here in Panama City, to begin my life as an adult. I am married with one daughter who is the joy in my life! We also have three small dogs that we adore and consider family. For twenty years now I have been teaching English, and sometimes Psychology, at both the middle school level, as well as, the high school level. Currently I teach AP Language and Composition and 11th Grade English at Mosley High School – my alma mater. I have also taught online school with Florida Virtual School and I am currently teaching as an adjunct teacher with Bay Virtual School. For me, the best part about being a teacher is having the opportunity to work with, and be a part of the lives, if only for a little while, so many interesting young people who are on the journey to discovering who they will become.

  • Vanessa

    Vanessa Tant

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    Mrs. Tant started her career in Education in 1996 after graduating from Georgia State University with a degree in Middle Childhood Education. She has taught elementary, middle school math, and ESE. She moved to Florida in 2007 to be closer to the beach. She is currently working at Mowat Middle School where she teaches ESE and Algebra 1 Honors. Her favorite hobby is spending time with her husband and daughter.

  • Aaron

    Aaron Teplicek

    History / Social Studies
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    I am a proud product of Bay District Schools.(Lynn Haven Elementary, Mowat, Mosley) I currently teach AP US History at Mosley High School. I married my best friend on July 18, 2009. My wife, Jessica, received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of West Florida in 2007. She works part time as a registered nurse. We welcomed our son, Caleb, into the world on July 30, 2011. Our daughter, Katelyn, was born November 14, 2014.

  • Kim

    Kim Watford

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    Mrs. Watford joined Bay District Schools in 2013 after moving from Dothan, Alabama. She earned her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Troy University at Dothan. Her undergraduate work concentrated in pre-med and psychology. Her graduate degree focused on counseling and psychology. While in Bay District Schools she has worked as a science and English teacher at DJJ. She loves learning and loves to hear interesting facts from her students. Hobbies include traveling, cooking, and gardening.

  • Andrew

    Andrew Wing

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    Andrew has been teaching in Bay County since 2010. He has taught mostly mathematics and social studies at the high school and middle school level. Andrew is passionate about helping students, particularly when they do not feel confident in math. He loves to spend time with his family and is a fan of telling bad jokes. Andrew also loves all things geeky including comics, movies, and gaming.