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Antioch Elementary’s Amy Bowden named 2024 Okaloosa ‘Teacher of the Year’

Amy Bowden, a fourth-grade teacher at Antioch Elementary School, was named the 2024 Okaloosa County School District Teacher of the Year at the District’s annual banquet on Tuesday night. Superintendent […]

Amy Bowden, a fourth-grade teacher at Antioch Elementary School, pictured with Superintendent Marcus Chambers (OCSD)

Amy Bowden, a fourth-grade teacher at Antioch Elementary School, was named the 2024 Okaloosa County School District Teacher of the Year at the District’s annual banquet on Tuesday night.

Superintendent Marcus Chambers said Bowden was selected from three finalists and praised her success as a mentor teacher to other district educators in addition to her work with students in her own classroom.

  • “Ms. Bowden has not only had fantastic success in her fourth-grade classroom at Antioch Elementary but also as a mentor to many teachers throughout our District as a former member of the Northwest Florida State College faculty,” Chambers said.

The two other finalists were Mary Miller, a high school English teacher at Baker School, and Kendall Cragin, a math teacher at Niceville High School. Chambers praised all three as “excellent educators who go above and beyond for their students and schools.”

As district teacher of the year, Bowden will represent Okaloosa County in the state teacher of the year competition.

Chambers thanked the Okaloosa Education Association, the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation and other sponsors for supporting the annual teacher of the year banquet.

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