March 29, 2021
In recognition of Women’s History Month, Superintendent Hughes would like to recognize some of the leading ladies that are making a difference in the Walton County School District. WCSD is one of the few districts that have two leading ladies taking Facilities forward in EPIC fashion.
Jill W. Smith
Jill Smith began serving as the Director of Facilities and Maintenance for Walton County School District in July 2019. Ms. Smith has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies – Policy from the University of West Florida and is currently completing a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University. She began her career as an Environmental, Health and Safety Manager in 2002 at Wilco Industrial Services. In 2005 she was promoted to Administrative Vice President in 2005 and then Executive Vice President in 2008. During her tenure at Wilco Industrial Services, Ms. Smith became a licensed contractor in Louisiana and Mississippi in the classifications of heavy construction, dredging, coastal restoration and habitat enhancement, earthwork, levees and drainage, dewatering and clearing and grubbing. After leaving Wilco Industrial Services in 2012, she became a Science Teacher in Walton County School District, where she remained until 2018. During that time, she taught at Walton High School from 2012 to 2016 and South Walton High School from 2016 to 2018. In 2018, Ms. Smith chose to pursue a career in the private sector and became a Project Manager with Parsons Corporation, where she remained until returning to Walton County School District as the Director of Facilities and Maintenance.
Michelle B. Doggett
Michelle Doggett has served as the School District Facilities Planner for Walton County School District since December 2017. Ms. Doggett has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida. Ms. Doggett has worked in Walton County School District for over 34 years. She began her career as a Purchasing Clerk in the Finance Department in 1984. In 1991, Ms. Doggett obtained a teaching position at Walton High School, where she stayed until 2011. During her tenure at Walton High School, she was an ESE teacher for 5 years and DCT Teacher for 15 years. In 2011, Ms. Doggett obtained the position of Teacher on Special Assignment, Energy Specialist in the Facilities and Maintenance Department. In 2017, Ms. Doggett was promoted to School District Facilities Planner. In the midst of her employment with Walton County School District, Ms. Doggett also served as the Executive Director for Walton Education Foundation from 2012 to 2015 and worked as a Real Estate Associate for Abbott & Andrews Realty from 2000-2001.