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Seaside Teachers Earn Best and Brightest Scholarships

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LEFT: Seaside Neighborhood School teacher Brian Michie, principal Kim Mixson standing in for Courtney Krick), and teacher Joy Robbins with the Florida Best & Brightest Scholarships awards they recently earned from the Florida Board of Education.

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


The 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.


Krick received both her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Florida. Krick 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 for Leon County Schools as a substitute teacher.


Michie graduated from the University of Georgia with Bachelor’s Degrees in 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 Michie’s 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.


Robbins graduated from Fordham University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts 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, where she completed an education-entrepreneurship fellowship with 4.0 Schools. Robbins and her husband moved to Old Seagrove in June 2013.


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


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– Zandra Wolfgram
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