Kaye McKinley, Principal
Kaye McKinley holds a BS degree in Special Education K-12 and English K-12 from Texas Woman’s University and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from University of West Florida. Mrs. McKinley has been an educator for 37 years in the United States, Europe and Asia. Since arriving in Okaloosa County in 1993, she has been a Special Education teacher, General Education teacher, ESE staffing specialist, Director of ESE, Assistant Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent. She is married to Marv McKinley, retired USAF. They have five children who are all active duty and/or married to military members. They are the proud grandparents of 9 grandchildren. Mrs. McKinley was duly commissioned in 2010 as the Military Family Education Liaison for the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children for the state of Florida.
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Julie Jenzen, Assistant Principal
Julie Jenzen is the Assistant Principal. She is a lifelong member of the Fort Walton Beach community. After graduating from Fort Walton Beach High School, she attended Okaloosa-Walton Junior College, now known as Northwest Florida State College, and The University of West Florida. She has a dual bachelor’s degree in Special and Elementary Education. After graduating from college, she started working in the Okaloosa County school system as a teacher teaching for fifteen years, seven in special education and eight as a fourth grade teacher. In 1998 she earned a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in technology and a specialist in Educational Leadership. She also has a gifted endorsement.
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Michele Bailey, Middle School Curriculum Coordinator
I began my education career in Hattiesburg, Mississippi as a Technology Discovery teacher in a junior high. During my first year of teaching, I was awarded the Sallie Mae Teaching Award for Outstanding First Year Teacher in the school district. Several years later, my husband and I moved to Jackson, Mississippi where I taught high school mathematics including Algebra, Geometry,Trigonometry, and Statistics. In 2000, my husband and I relocated to Fort Walton Beach and my career shifted to seventh grade mathematics at Bruner Middle School, where I was named teacher of the year during my second year. I felt as though I definitely found my place teaching middle school and couldn't image teaching any other age. Three years later, I found my home at Liza. I have spent my time teaching seventh grade mathematics, and serving as the IB Coordinator and Middle School Math Coach until becoming the Middle School Curriculum Coordinator in 2016. I am truly blessed to have been a part of the Liza family over the years.
My family includes two beautiful step daughters, one handsome son in law, a witty volleyball playing high school daughter and a joke telling, video gaming middle school son. My awesome husband and I will be celebrating our 20 year anniversary in 2017.
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