Gulf Breeze High Teacher named 2019 Rookie of the Year

Posted on May 9, 2019 by Staff reports

Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year Nominees 2019, Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year 2019 Rafael Garcia & Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce President Kristen Rhodes (submitted photo)

The Santa Rosa Education Foundation announced Master Sergeant Rafael Garcia (Air Force Retired) an Aerospace Science and Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps instructor at Gulf Breeze High School as the 2019 Santa Rosa Rookie of the Year during their Rookie of the Year Reception Wednesday afternoon. He was selected from a field of 33 educators with three or less years of teaching experience who were honored at this event.  The Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce Foundationpresented Rafael with a $500 award. 

“MSgt Garcia has a positive attitude and demeanor, and provides peak quality instruction for each of this students in each of his classes.  He challenges his students and provides them with a positive learning environment that is structured and organized.  I applaud his dedication, commitment, and motivation to Gulf Breeze High, his co-workers, and students.”      Danny Brothers, Principal, Gulf Breeze High School

Please join SREF in thanking our 2019 Rookie of the Year Sponsors for their support of Santa Rosa County educators:  The Gulf Breeze Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Jackie Ard, Carol Boston, Bubba and Paula Drinkard, Fast Cash ATM Services, Cherry Fitch, Jim and Jenny Granse, Ed Gray, GFWC Milton Woman’s Club, Buddy Hinote, Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida, Byrd and Paula Lou Mapoles, Wei Ueberschaer, WoodmenLife Chapter 906