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Lisa Caldwell serves Freeport Elementary School as a Custodian.  She has worked in Walton School District for five years. Ms. Caldwell works to ensure students have a safe environment where they can learn and grow!  Lunch time is a busy time in schools and Ms. Caldwell lends her hand with lunch duty as well.  She has two children; one son and one daughter.  Lisa loves being with her family and friends, watching movies, listening to music, and shopping. She says, “I know I am going to enjoy my new little one coming in March- this will be my first grandbaby!”  Thank you, Ms. Caldwell, for supporting Walton County School District children!


Courtne Campbell-Key is an Exceptional Student Education non-instructional aide.  She has worked in Walton School District for 16 years.  She has three children; two daughters and one son.  Mrs. Campbell-Key enjoys sewing, reading, crafting, cooking and road tripping!  Courtne says “Every day is a good day to have a good day!”  Thank you, Mrs. Key, for supporting the students of Walton County School District!


Charles Caldwell is an employee at Freeport Elementary School as a Physical Education Paraprofessional.  He is actively involved with instructing students in warm-up dances, new exercises and even helping with boo-boos!  Mr. Caldwell serves on the FES safety team and pick-up/drop-off crew. He enjoys working out and lifting weights immensely and on his off days, he takes many, many trips to the beach. Mr. Caldwell likes listening to live music and eating out; in fact, The Bay is one of his favorite restaurants.  He says, “Anything fun and chill, I’m about!”  Thank you, Mr. Caldwell for supporting Walton County School District children!


Joy and Power in Reading

February 17, 2022

Mrs. Lewis’ 1st Grade Class were sharing with Superintendent Hughes their joy and power in reading. They were writing, spelling, and defining words like Creative, Exciting, and the likes.  What a joy it is to learn to read for students and what it was to se reading being taught by Mrs. Lewis and Coach Bumpers.  Parents remember a GREAT STRATEGY for students of all ages especially elementary is to allow your student(s) to read to you, neighbors, Grandparents, and any other persons you provide the opportunity to read to…’s a special part of what EPIC is all about.  We can all be EPIC as stakeholders in the WCSD!

WCSD Mock Trial

February 17, 2022

WCSD students participated in the annual Mock Trial event on January 28 and February 4. This took place at the Walton County Courthouse. A special thanks to our judges for overseeing this event and our teachers for helping our students prepare.

St Joe Video 

DeFuniak Springs, FL

Walton Education Foundation awarded 18 Walton County senior high school students as nominees in the inaugural year of “No Ordinary JOE” scholarship program at the Walton County School Board meeting, held on February 1, 2022. The scholarship program is funded by The St. Joe Community Foundation.

“As Education is one of the Foundation’s pillars, this scholarship initiative recognizes the community’s extraordinary students who exhibit a strong sense of community and service,” said April Wilkes, Executive Director of St. Joe Community Foundation.  “We want this initiative to encourage more students to become leaders in their communities.”

Walton County students selected in the scholarship program are nominated by their school administrators and receive $500 scholarships along with a special gift.  Nominees are then eligible to make application to become their school’s No Ordinary JOE and receive an additional $2,500 scholarship.  These winners will be announced in March 2022.  Each of these students, one from each of the county’s public high schools, will then be invited to interview with a Selection Committee where one student will be named as Walton County’s No Ordinary JOE and receive an additional $10,000 scholarship. Walton County’s No Ordinary JOE will be announced in May 2022.

“Walton Education Foundation is proud to offer a connection of resources for Walton County students and this scholarship funding is an example of our mission to serve the education community in our county,” said Lindsey Harp, Executive Director, Walton Education Foundation.

Requirements and application details can be found at


2022 No Ordinary Joe Walton County Nominees


Freeport High School

Gabrielle Leavins

Chad Patterson

Olivia Rodgers


Paxton School

Hailey Sexton

Cassie Varnham

Haley Hayes


Seacoast Collegiate School

Knoxye Grinstead

Ben Fanum

Reagan Wells


South Walton High School

Hayes Gibson

Dalton Robinson

Jazlyn Karakorn


Walton Academy

Emily Heath

Hunter Blank

 Elizabeth Doyle


Walton High School

Paige Crews

Emily Casey

Wes Corbin


About The St. Joe Community Foundation

Since its inception, The St. Joe Community Foundation has provided more than $33 million in grants to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves. The Foundation provides charitable grants toward the civic infrastructure of communities in Northwest Florida. The Foundation’s primary focus is strengthening education, improving healthcare, protecting the environment and supporting local cultural interests. These efforts help build healthy, caring, long-lived communities. More information about the St. Joe Community Foundation can be found on its website at


About Walton Education Foundation

Walton Education Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established in 1995 by a rising need for support specific to teachers in Walton County. Growth has expanded the Foundation’s mission to support the entire education community including all teachers, each school, and every student. Walton Education Foundation provides annual giving and volunteer opportunities through a series of educational programs and grants including its Classroom Grant Program, as Take Stock in Children Lead Agency, and additional support of special events through the Walton County School District. We invite you to learn more about our initiatives at


WCSD Observes Black History Month- ESP Showcase Marcus Baldwin and Leola Russell

Marcus Baldwin

Marcus Baldwin Serves our Walton County School District as a custodian for Walton High School and a driver for the Transportation Department.  Marcus has been an employee of our District for 30 years!  He has 5 wonderful children; 4 girls and 1 son.  Marcus is an avid sports fan and loves to sport Florida State memorabilia!  His favorite hobbies involve any type of sports activities, but basketball and football are his favorites. Thank you, Mr. Baldwin for supporting children.

Leola Russell

Leola Russell is an employee with the Walton County School District Transportation Department.  Leola’s career with the District began in 2003, where she served West Defuniak Elementary school as a member of their lunchroom staff.  Ms. Russell retired in 2013 but quickly realized she missed working with children and returned to the District in 2014 as a substitute.  She currently continues as a permanent employee assisting our student with special needs.  Leola says she has 3 children; 2 girls and 1 son. She loves to shop and enjoys sharing good times with her children and grandchildren.  Ms. Russell says “I love the children on my bus route, and they love me!  Thank you, Leola, for sharing your love with the students of Walton County School District!

COVID Update February 11, 2022

February 11, 2022

COVID Update February 11, 2022

In the spirit of transparency, the Walton County School District (WCSD) will continue to update our stakeholders with COVID-19 data for the 2021-2022 school year. 

COVID-19 Statistics

Single Day Data


% of total population (students and staff ~ 13,000)

Overall Data to Date

(8/10/21 – 2/10/22)

% of total population (students and staff ~ 13,000)

Positive COVID-19 Cases

of School District Students and/or Employees






Quarantined Due to On Campus Exposure of School District Students and/or Employees






Quarantined Due to Off Campus Exposure (Community/Family Exposure) of School District Students and/or Employees






Schools Involved in Positive Cases and/or Exposure







Walton County School District COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies for the 2021-2022 School Year

  1. If a person is sick (students, teachers, staff, and visitors), they should stay home.
  2. Face covering is optional for all, including the bus.
  3. Hand sanitizer is available at various areas inside the school.
  4. Social distancing from others is encouraged as much as possible.
  5. Signs will be displayed to remind those in schools about social distancing, as well as the use of hand sanitizer, washing of hands, and face coverings.
  6. Cleaning and disinfecting school facilities/buses which are occupied by students will be done daily.
  7. Adequate mitigation supplies are on hand at all schools/facilities (hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, masks, etc.).
  8. COVID-19 vaccination is optional for all students and employees.
  9. COVID-19 contact tracing is occurring in all schools/facilities (2021-2022 WCSD Decision Tree for employees and students).
  10. At this time non-essential visitors and volunteers are not allowed to enter schools. This mitigation strategy will be revisited in the next few weeks.


*Please keep in mind that although COVID positive cases may represent a student or staff member within the WCSD, it does not necessarily indicate that the virus originated within the WCSD.  It is also important to note that a portion of the positive cases involve individuals who may have never entered the school setting while sick due to proper quarantining. 


Kindergarten Registration will be held Monday-Friday, March 7th – March 18th from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at all Walton County elementary schools for any child who will be five (5) on or before September 1, 2022. 

Please click the links below for more information

National School Counselor Week

February 10, 2022

The Walton County School District would like to applaud our school counselors and recognize their efforts especially during National School Counselor Week, February 7-11, 2022.  Our school counselors' contributions to our schools and the lives of students through their advice, encouragement, knowledge, kindness, and professionalism are immeasurable in helping students achieve school success and plan for a future. 


The Walton County School District proudly showcases Kaitlin Barker from Walton High School.  Mrs. Barker is in her first year as school counselor with Walton High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Communication and her Master of Education in School Counseling from the University of Southern California.  When asked why Mrs. Barker decided to become a school counselor she replied, "I started my career in Marketing and continued working in a variety of industries until I decided that I had a passion for Education. From my experiences, I learned that I had a love for helping people and decided to pursue School Counseling. I received my bachelor's degree in Communication, and Masters in School Counseling. I am passionate about helping students reach their full academic and social/emotional potential. I enjoy working with them to solve a variety of problems and encouraging them to do their very best in everything they do. My philosophy is to support and address the academic, college/career, and social/emotional needs of my students. I strive to advocate for them and do what is in their best interest. I believe that all students have the right to a safe and equitable learning environment and that every student is a unique individual. I truly enjoy being school counselor and I am honored to be a Walton Brave." 


As National School Counselor Week comes to a close, please remember to continue to show your appreciation for the efforts of your school counselor throughout the remainder of the school year.