New principal joins Destin Christian Academy, Private school now accepting new students

Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 05:11 PM.


Having taught for the Air Force Judge Advocate General School , or JAG, and special needs children at Rocky Bayou Christian School , Joe Quilit has an affinity for teaching, no matter the age or subject. However, his new role as principal at Destin Christian Academy holds a great sense of importance.

"Elementary school is where most of the impact is made in a child's life. At that age, they're so hungry to learn," Quilit said. "My father-in-law is 82 and can remember all of his elementary teachers. It's an enormous amount of pressure."

DCA became a satellite campus for Rocky Bayou Christian School last year and with that new partnership, the school is ready to broaden its reach.

"The big vision is to have other satellites in our draw area — Okaloosa, Walton and South Santa Rosa counties," said Michael Mosley, superintendent of Rocky Bayou.

The academy currently serves kindergarten to fifth grade and will be adding sixth grade to its curriculum next year.

"DCA at one time went to eighth grade," explained Mosley. "It is our goal to build that program back up."

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