School Board Approves New Administrators
The Okaloosa County School Board approved the following new administrators at the June 24, 2019, School Board Meeting: Heather Willis-Doxsee, Director of ESE and Student Services Position; Ryan Lanpher, 10-month Assistant Principal at Choctawhatchee High School; Ryan Gore, 10-month Assistant Principal I at Niceville High School; Karl Schroeder, 10-month Assistant Principal at Destin Middle School; and Lori Wagner, Assistant Principal II at Riverside Elementary School.
Heather Willis-Doxsee, Director of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and Student Services
Dr. Heather Willis-Doxsee is excited to join the Okaloosa County School District and serve our community as the Director of Special Education. Dr. Willis-Doxsee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Flagler College, a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Florida State University and a Doctorate degree in both Special Education and in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. She recently went back to school to pursue a graduate certificate in Dyslexia from the University of Florida. She has earned her English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement and is certified in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Educational Leadership. Dr. Willis-Doxsee has served as both general education and special education teacher and as an instructional staff developer where she specialized in behavior and academic interventions as a Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS) Coach and provided professional development to new teachers while supporting a teacher mentor program. She has taught special education courses at the college level and served as a college intern supervisor. For the past four years, Dr. Willis-Doxsee has worked for the Florida Department of Education as an Exceptional Student Education (ESE) reading specialist and most recently as the Deputy Director of Just Read, Florida!
Dr. Willis-Doxsee is committed to ensuring that all students achieve their greatest potential. She has provided technical assistance and training across the state of Florida to district and school leadership teams, higher education faculty members, academic coaches, teachers and parents on multiple topics including dyslexia, universal design for learning, implementing a multi-tiered system of support for all students, positive behavior supports and academic interventions, inclusive education and a variety of other topics. In addition to her professional background, Dr. Willis-Doxsee believes in investing in the community she lives in. She helped start and oversee a ministry to serve the special needs population and their families. She and her husband, Jeff, adopted a sibling group of four from foster care in Florida, each with special needs and have been blessed with two additional children, one age two and one on the way. Their family looks forward to being fully involved in the school district and our community.
Ryan Lanpher, Assistant Principal at Choctawhatchee High School
Ryan Lanpher, originally from Blue Springs, Missouri, moved to Okaloosa County in 2012 and has been a part of Choctawhatchee High School ever since. Lanpher previously earned his Bachelor’s Degree in English Education at Peru State College, where he also finished his baseball playing career before becoming a graduate assistant. Upon his move to the Sunshine State, he quickly joined the Choctaw family as an English teacher and served as the Head Baseball Coach; positions he thoroughly enjoyed the past seven years.
Lanpher’s time and experience in the classroom inspired him to pursue a future in Administration. Ryan continued to follow the path of being a lifelong learner by completing his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from American College of Education in 2018.
Ryan met his wife, Erin, in 2012 and they married in 2016 and together they have a beautiful daughter, Ava Grace. He is extremely excited for the opportunity to continue his career as a Big Green Indian and looks forward to growing as an educational leader.
Ryan Gore, Assistant Principal at Niceville High School (Not Pictured)
Ryan Gore is a product of the Okaloosa County School District. He attended Mary Esther Elementary School, Bruner Middle School, and graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School. After high school, Ryan attended William Carey College where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education. Additionally, he has a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida.
After graduating from college, Gore taught math and coached football and track for two years in Hattiesburg, MS. In 2004, Ryan decided to return home and continue his career in Okaloosa County where he taught Math for two years at Ocean City Elementary School. Additionally, he has had the opportunity to serve as the Title I and Homeless Specialist for two years, a Program Director in Information Systems for five years, and as a high school assistant principal at Choctawhatchee High School.
“I would like to thank Superintendent Marcus Chambers and the School Board for this recommendation and approval,” said Gore. “I appreciate the opportunity to continue to serve the students and parents of Okaloosa County. While it is always sad to leave one school family for another I look forward to returning to Niceville High School and working hard to serve the faculty, staff, and community. Thank you again.”
Karl Schroeder, Assistant Principal at Destin Middle School
Karl Schroeder is a proud product of the Okaloosa County School District attending Edwins Elementary School, Bruner Junior High School, and Fort Walton Beach High School. After he graduated from Fort Walton Beach High School, he attended The University of Southern Mississippi and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Physical Science, and Athletic Administration/Coaching.
Schroeder began his career in education teaching science at Bruner Junior High School, then taught Biology and coached wrestling, weight-lifting, track, and two state championship football teams at Fort Walton Beach High School during his 12 years there. He then moved to Central Florida to become a 6A head football coach and educator in Osceola County, Florida. While in Osceola County he received Osceola County’s Dean M. Cherry Coach of the Year Award and Central Florida’s Citrus Bowl Coach of the Year award. In addition, while in Central Florida, he taught Anatomy and Physiology and served as a Student Pastor for 7 years.
In 2014, Karl earned a Master’s in Education Leadership from The American College of Education and moved back to the Panhandle to teach Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology while coaching Football and Track at Walton High School. In 2016, he returned home to Okaloosa County as Dean of Students at Baker School, then Assistant Principal of Meigs Middle School.
In his spare time, Karl enjoys spending time with his wife, Teri, their three children, and especially his grandchildren, Chase and Olivia.
Lori Wagner, Assistant Principal at Riverside Elementary School
Okaloosa Schools have been home to Lori Wagner for 46 years, beginning when she started at Shalimar Elementary School as a 4-year-old kindergartener. Lori also attended Cherokee Elementary School, Longwood Elementary School, New Heights Elementary School, The Learning Center, Meigs Middle School, and graduated from Baker School in 1986. From there, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of West Florida in 1989.
Lori spent 25 rewarding years teaching third through twelfth-grade students at Laurel Hill and Baker schools. She provided gifted resource services for students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. During these years, Lori was named school-wide Teacher of the Year twice, and selected as a 2007 OCSD Teacher of the Year finalist. She enjoyed visiting other schools as a professional development presenter and as a member of the district’s Teacher Communication Corps as they introduced the teacher evaluation system. She was selected as one of 2 district teachers to serve on the Florida Item Bank and Test Platform workgroup as the District transitioned toward the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA).
For two years Lori served as a district English Language Arts (ELA) Instructional Coach, supporting curriculum and instruction needs and presenting professional development to the teachers of Walker Elementary School and Southside Primary School. After completing a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, she was blessed to continue serving Walker Elementary School as the Assistant Principal for two wonderful years.
Lori is appreciative for the eagerness of the staff to grow through collaboration and professional learning and will take away fond memories of Walker Elementary School’s innovative teachers. Her professional path has continued to teach her to whole-heartedly embrace the challenges that lie ahead!