New Administrators Approved by School Board
At the August 27, 2018, School Board meeting April Branscome was named Program Director, Career and Technical Education; Lindsay Maxey was named Program Director, Human Resources; Andy Johnson was named Program Director, Student Services, Discipline, and Athletics; and Pat Dombrowski was named Specialist, Exceptional Student Education, Curriculum, and Instruction.
April Branscome – Program Director, Career and Technical Education
April Branscome is definitely a success story for the Okaloosa County School District. As a lifelong Okaloosa County resident, Branscome attended Edge Elementary School, Ruckel Junior High School, and Niceville High School. After graduating high school, she was hired as the principal’s confidential secretary, wherein 1990 she was the first recipient of the Okaloosa County School District Non-Instructional Employee of the Year.
In 1998, Branscome earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Technical-Vocational Studies/Vocational Program Development from the University of West Florida, at which time she started her teaching career at Niceville High School as a technology instructor. In 2009, she was honored to be the recipient of the Okaloosa County School District Teacher of the Year.
Branscome is married to a very supportive husband, David Branscome, and they have one son, Taylor Jordan, who is also a product of the Okaloosa County School District and a TSgt. in the United States Air Force. In her family, April is a first-generation college graduate and learned her work ethic from her parents, Gene and Gloria Brown, who taught her the value of hard work, integrity, and faith.
Lindsay Maxey – Program Director, Human Resources
Lindsay Maxey is a proud product of Okaloosa County School District and graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in 2008. She attended Auburn University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management. Lindsay worked for Jacobs Technology for 2 years as a Recruiter for highly specialized engineering positions and was hired by Okaloosa County School District as the Human Resources Specialist in 2014. She has served as the Specialist for the past 4 years.
Maxey holds both the Society of Human Resources Management – Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and the Professional Human Resources (PHR) certifications. She is married to her wonderful husband Tyler and they are expecting their first child in October.
Andy Johnson – Program Director, Student Services, Discipline, and Athletics
Andy Johnson began working for the Okaloosa County School District in 1976 at what was then called Richbourg Junior High School. He was one of the first teachers in the county to teach students with learning disabilities. Later that year, he transferred to Baker School to teach six through twelve Social Studies courses. Johnson worked at Baker School until December 2001. While at Baker School, he worked as a teacher, counselor, dean of students, assistant principal, and principal. He was transferred to Crestview High School as principal in January 2002 and worked there until he retired in January 2007.
Shortly after his retirement, he became the Director of Holt Academy Childcare Center for five years. In November 2012, Johnson applied for and was recommended by newly elected Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson for the position he currently holds as a Specialist in Student Intervention Services.
Johnson was awarded two bachelor degrees in 1976. The first was in Psychology and the second was an Interdisciplinary Degree in Social Sciences. He earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership in 1981.
Pat Dombrowski – Specialist, Exceptional Student Education, Curriculum and Instruction
Although an Air Force dependent with the familiar history of mobility, Pat Dombrowski is a proud product of our Okaloosa County School system, having attended Oakland Heights Elementary, Max Bruner, Jr, Junior High and Fort Walton Beach High schools. She has continued her education at Florida State University for her Bachelor’s Degree, the University of Miami for her Master’s Degree, and the University of West Florida for her Specialist Degrees.
In the ensuing 36 years, Dombrowski has taught in several counties around the state and in many special education settings. She has been with Okaloosa County since 1996 and has been an ESE Staffing Specialist for us since 2001.