Three Seaside Neighborhood School faculty members, Courtney Krick, Brian Michie, and Joy Robbins, were recently recognized by the Florida’s Department of Education and received the Florida Best & Brightest Scholarship Program. About 7,000 teachers earned scholarships for 2017 across the state.

Florida’s Best & Brightest Teacher Scholarship Program rewards Florida’s teachers who have been evaluated as highly effective and who have earned college entrance exam scores that indicate they were exceptionally well prepared for college-level coursework.

Courtney Krick received both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Florida. She is certified in middle grades science and elementary education. She is passionate about fostering a love for science among her students. Before joining the Seaside School, Krick worked in Leon County Schools as a substitute teacher.

Brian Michie is a graduate of the University of Georgia. He graduated with bachelor’s degrees in both history and social studies education in 2008. He received his master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of West Florida in 2014. Michie possesses certifications in middle grades integrated curriculum and social studies grades 5-12. He is also AP US History certified by the College Board. This school year will be his fifth year as a teacher in Walton County and his third year as a member of the Seaside faculty. Michie teaches civics and American history for 7th and 8th grade students, and enjoys helping students become active and informed citizens of the community through social studies.

Joy Robbins graduated from Fordham University in 2003 with a bachelor’s arts degree in English. As a New York City Teaching Fellow she taught 7th and 8th grade English/language arts while earning her master’s degree in teaching secondary English with a concentration in adolescent literacy from Fordham University. She has taught high school humanities in Washington, D.C., area schools and Advanced Placement Language and Composition in Nashville, Tennessee, where she completed an education-entrepreneurship fellowship with 4.0 Schools. Robbins and her husband moved to Old Seagrove in June of 2013.

“We are proud to have three of Florida’s ‘best and brightest’ teachers among our stellar staff educating our students every day here at Seaside Neighborhood School,” said Seaside Neighborhood School principal Kim Mixson. “They each are inspiring and set excellent examples for our students to model.”