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Bay District School Announced Administrative Changes

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Keri Weatherly Keri Weatherly
Gena Burgans Gena Burgans
Suzanne Farrar Suzanne Farrar
Denise Kelley Denise Kelley
Britt Smith Britt Smith

Bay District Schools announces new administrators at several posts in the county.

Gena Burgans has been selected to serve as the Director of K-12 and Adult Instructional Services for Bay District Schools.

In 1990, she began her teaching career at Jinks Middle School as an English teacher.  She transferred to A. Crawford Mosley High School in 1999 and became the school media specialist.  She was promoted in 2003 to her first administrative position at Mosley coordinating curriculum, Advanced Placement and college dual enrollment.

Burgans grew up in Panama City where she attended Callaway Elementary School, Patterson Sixth Grade Center, and Everitt Jr. High School before graduating in 1986 from Rutherford High School.  She was a graduate of Gulf Coast Community College before transferring to Florida State University in Tallahassee 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 certificates, and is a member of the Florida State University Garnet Key Honors Society. She was also featured as a Notable ‘Nole by FSUPC.



Suzanne Farrar was recommended and approved as the new Director of Secondary and Adult Instructional Services.


Following graduation with a music degree, Farrar started her career as the choral director at Everitt Middle school in 1980. She returned to college to complete an advanced degree in counseling and psychology, which she applied in her role as a guidance counselor at Bay High School for 12 years. In 2009, she was hired as district level instructional specialist for secondary education.

She received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Mississippi College, a Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University and her Educational Leadership certificate from the University of North Florida. She is a member of numerous professional organizations and has served in many leadership roles within the school district and community. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League and serves as a mentor for a student in the Bay Education Foundation Take Stock in Children program.

Denise Kelley will leave her principal position at Breakfast Point Academy to be the Director of Elementary Instructional Services for the district.  

She was first a kindergarten teacher at Hutchison Beach Elementary School and later at Patronis Elementary School. After a one year stint at Merriam Cherry Street Elementary School as a Title I resource teacher she returned to Patronis to teach upper grades for another year. Her first administrative appointment was as assistant principal at Hutchison Beach in 1999 where she was promoted to principal in 2004. After four years there, she was named the first principal of Breakfast Point Academy and was instrumental in the design, construction and opening of the school. She has been there since the school opened in 2008.

Kelley graduated cum laude from Florida State University with a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in Elementary Education. She is the recipient of prestigious awards for literacy initiatives and has served in numerous leadership positions within the school district and as a training presenter.

Keri Weatherly will replace Denise Kelley as the new principal of Breakfast Point Academy where she has served as the assistant principal since 2012.

She was a math teacher and team leader starting in 2006 at Cedar Grove Elementary School. Her first job as an administrator was in 2010 at Mowat Middle School, followed by the assistant principal job at Breakfast Point.

She is a graduate of Gulf Coast Community College and Florida State University Panama City. She completed her Master of Education degree in Education Leadership at the University of West Florida.  She has lead professional development sessions and holds multiple education certifications. Selected by her peers, she was the Cedar Grove Elementary School Teacher of the Year after only four years teaching there.

Britt Smith was reassigned to Jinks Middle School from Margaret K. Lewis School in Millville (MKL) where he has served since 2011.  School administrator Lori Hast will be the "acting" Principal at MKL until a new principal is assigned.

Smith began his career as a teacher in Orange County and quickly rose to his first administrative position after five years in the classroom. There he was an assistant principal, principal and a senior director. He was also previously principal of Margaret K. Lewis School from 2001 to 2004. He then went to work in Seminole County as a principal followed by an appointment as the Executive Director of Exceptional Student Education from 2007 to 201. He has an extensive background in special education and student services and has received many awards for his accomplishments in education.  

Smith completed his Associate of Arts degree at Gulf Coast Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Special Education/Mental Handicaps at Florida State University. He holds a master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida along with additional coursework.


Information provided by Bay District Schools

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