Each year awards are handed out to recognize the hard work of both teachers and employees throughout the Gulf County school system.


Each year awards are handed out to recognize the hard work of both teachers and employees throughout the Gulf County school system.



These awards are extra special because all winners were nominated on their performance by their peers.



The Gulf County Employee of the Year went to Julie Carr at Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School.



Carr is a paraprofessional educator who assists with the Bridges students, two-way interactive classes between Wewahitchka and Port St. Joe, even Spanish classes when needed.



“We are so honored to have you represent the whole district,” said Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton as he handed a bouquet of flowers to the winner.



Carr was surprised in the middle of class by Norton, Principal Lori Price, members of the school board and Carr’s husband, Bill.



“I work with the best team,” said Carr as her colleagues and students clapped. “It’s nice to be recognized.



“I’m very proud…This is an honor.”



Norton called Carr the school’s “utility player,” and praised her work ethic and for saving the taxpayers money.



“She’s the most solid and versatile person I know,” Price said. “The award is well deserved.



“Julie never says, ‘I can’t.’”



Other employees of the year included Jewell Hopper at Port St. Joe Elementary; Karen Taylor at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School; Mary Ann Peak at Wewahitchka Elementary; Susie White at the district office; and Mary Lou “Cookie” White with maintenance/transportation.