Ms. Hudson is a lifelong resident of Walton County.
Ms. Hudson is a graduate of Oral Roberts University with Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She has been a teacher of the Walton County School District for 27 years. 22 of those years she had taught kindergarten.
She is the mother of 2 wonderful children. Her daughter is a middle school student and her son is an elementary student with the WCSD.
She is excited about working with Pre-K students to facilitate their love of learning and make learning fun and exciting.
My name is Tonya Gainey and I am happy to be teaching in the Pre K MELD class this year. I have been teaching for 7 years . Six of those years have been in the Walton County School District. I have taught Kindergarten for 6 of those years.
I have been married for 32 years and have two children. My daughter is a nurse and my son is a soldier in the U.S. Army. My husband retired from the Army after 23 years of service.
Educational Support Professionals
Hello, my name is Cindy Bolden I was born in the Bronx section of New York. I went to school in N.Y from pre-k. to high school. I did not get a chance to complete high school instead I had to enroll in a G.E.D program where I received my general knowledge diploma. I raised four wonderful children Tayvies 21 who completed high school in Florala Al. Tatiyana 19 who completed high school in Defuniak Springs FL, Corie14 who attends the Wise /ALC center in Defuniak Springs FL and Layquan 10 whom is a student at Paxton school located in Laurel Hill, FL
I moved to North Florida about six years ago with my children, after getting settled and finding a job and a place to live I pursued my education at NWFSC where I earned my Associate's degree in Associate's of science December 2019. This year 2020 during transition I earned and received employment with the Walton County School District working as an paraprofessionals/teacher assistant with the VPK students at the Wise Center. I am currently enrolled at NWFSC continuing to further my education in early childhood birth to four years old. The year 2022 I will have earned my Bachelor degree in early childhood.
My name is Kimi Parker and I am an instructional aide in the MELD classroom at the WISE Center. I have been an instructional aide with the Pre-K Program in the Walton County School District for 26 years. I am currently working toward my Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. I love working with our Pre-K students and helping them learn to be independent and successful. I have 5 children and 5 grandchildren.
My name is Justina Pickard. I have been married to Tom Pickard, Jr. for 39 years and I have lived in DeFuniak Springs for 37 years.
I have been working with young children for 28 years, 8 years with Chautaqua Child Care Center and 22 years with the Walton County School. I obtained my degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Northeastern Philippines and Associate Degree in Early Childhood from Northwest Florida State College.
I have three children and four grandchildren plus 5 bonus grandchildren. I enjoyed cooking, gardening, spending time with families and most of all, I love my church First Baptist Church of DeFuniak Springs, where I serve in the Hospitality Committee, the SONSHINE (mission) Group and I volunteer in the Nursery.