Faculty & Staff

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Jeremy Knapp

Principal

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Jeremy Knapp is the Principal of Central High School. He has a Master of Education from the University of Virginia in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor of Science in English Education. He has been in education for 20 years as a Principal and English teacher. He believes that every student deserves a chance to succeed and earn a high school diploma no matter the barriers they face in life. He was instrumental in the opening and ongoing success of Central High School. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his daughter Annabelle.

Deseree Barnes

Dean of Students

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Deseree Barnes received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science from Florida A&M University and is currently working toward furthering her education in Educational Leadership. She wants to empower students so that they feel confident in their studies and in their daily life. She believes when students feel empowered they can make meaningful decisions through drive and confidence. During her free time, she loves to spend time with her family, and travel.

Darla Martello

Student Advocate

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Darla Rice Martello graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Mississippi College, Clinton Ms. in 1986. She comes to Central with 32 years of experience in Social Work working with young adults. Her mission in life is to serve those in need and to help young people reach their dreams.
Ms. Darla loves attending church @ Destiny and the Ark. In her free time enjoys spending time with her 3 children, Mia, Rice, and Madison, and watching Alabama football!!

Meagan Forrest

Paraprofessional

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Mary Kay Jackson

ESE Specialist

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Ms. Mary Kay Jackson is very excited to be here to help our students accomplish their goals of achieving a High School Diploma and equipping them with the skills necessary for life after high school. Ms. Jackson moved to Panama City in 2019 from Dothan Alabama, where she was in education for 17 years. Her undergraduate degree is in Exceptional Student Education from Troy University and her Master’s degree in Guidance Counseling from the University of West Alabama. Ms. Jackson raised two daughters who reside and attend college in Tuscaloosa. During her time off she enjoys all things salt water-related and spending time with friends and family.

Brandi Glover

English and History Teacher

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Mrs. Brandi Glover is honored and ecstatic to be teaching her second year here at Central. Her philosophy is to help every student reach their full potential in education. She also believes that education is the foundation for life goals. She is from Eufaula, Alabama where she grew up and raised her family. Mrs. Glover relocated here to the Bay County area with her husband and two children in 2019. Mrs. Glover attended Troy University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Minor in Sociology. Mrs. Glover also holds a Master’s degree in School Counseling from Troy University. She was a (TEFL) certified instructor in 2017 where she taught in Yiwu, China for seven months at Maple Leaf International School. She taught abroad and implemented new strategies and critical thinking skills to the (ESL) department for grades 2-6 at an international school. When she returned to her hometown in Eufaula, Alabama in 2018 she started teaching English online to Chinese students in grades 2-10. In her off time from education, she enjoys spending time with her two children and husband. Mrs. Glover cannot wait to meet all her students and kick off the new 2021/2022 school year here at Central High School.

Kim Portivent

Office Specialist

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Kim Portivent has lived in Panama City for 40 years. She has worked in education for 37 years and has loved every second of it! She loves to see students achieve their goals! During her free time, Ms.Kim loves to spend time with her family.

Ben Pitman

Teacher

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Officer Tyler Dubuque

School Resource Officer

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Cherish Stephens

Math and English Teacher

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Cherish Stephens’s first priority as a teacher is to build relationships and trust with her students. She is passionate about always making her classroom feel like a home where her students feel safe. She also achieves to build goals with her students to aim towards their long-term goals beyond Central. Among a few, some of her favorite things are 80’s music, golden retrievers, Japanese food, and F.R.I.E.N.D.S.