Superintendent Bill Husfelt will recommend to the School Board for approval the appointment of Gena Burgans as the new Assistant Superintendent effective November 1, 2013 (photo attached). She will replace Nancy Boyd who is retiring.
Burgans will move up from her current position as the Director of K-12 and Adult Instructional Services. During her tenure as the curriculum leader for the school district since July 2009, she has been an integral part of the implementation of sweeping new evaluation systems for teachers and administrators, monumental volumes of professional development to prepare teachers for a major shift in instructional delivery and addressing the continuing challenges of rising standards. Burgans also represents the district at the state level as a vocal contributor to questions revolving around assessment and school grading.
Burgans began her teaching career in 1990 at Jinks Middle School as an English teacher. She transferred to A. Crawford Mosley High School in 1999 to become the school media specialist. She was promoted in 2003 to her first administrative post as the Administrative Assistant for Curriculum acting as the Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment coordinator.
Burgans grew up in Panama City and is a product of Bay District public schools. She attended Callaway Elementary School , Oscar Patterson Sixth Grade Center, and Everitt Junior High School before graduating in 1986 from Rutherford High School. She is a graduate of Gulf Coast Community College and Florida State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in English Education. She received a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Florida State University – Panama City and a specialist degree in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University in Tallahassee.
In addition, she holds numerous educational certifications and is a member of the Florida State University Garnet Key Honors Society, Phi Delta Kappa Honor Society and various other education-related organizations. She also served in leadership positions on the Career Education Task Force, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation team and the Mosley High School Leadership Team.
Her community service contributions include but are not limited to Bay Education Foundation, FSUPC Alumni Board, Girls, Inc., Spring Festival of the Arts, Panama City Junior Women's Club and Under the Oaks Construction Committee.
Burgans garnered the following awards: FSUPC Notable ‘Nole, Golden Apple Award for Excellence and Sallie Mae Beginning Teacher of the Year. She was also selected three time by her peers as a Mosley High School Teacher of the Month in 2000, 2002 and 2003.
Information provided by Bay District Schools