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Guest Teacher at West DeFuniak

February 27, 2019

Mrs. Shannon Seigler, a Walton County District Reading Coach, visited 5th grade classes at WDE to teach a short strategy lesson on summarizing using section shrinking. The students worked in groups using the strategy to determine two or more main ideas of the text "Are Phones Making Us Zombies?" and to then summarize. The students enjoyed having a guest teacher and learning the new strategy for summarizing. Thank you Mrs. Seigler!

Fourth and fifth grade students at WDE got to experience what it is like to be in an aquifer.  They visited the Water Ventures trailer with guides Carly Todd and Julianne Werts.  Students learned about Florida’s 900 springs, Florida’s ecosystems, all about the water cycle as well as experiencing hands on activities.  Students also learned about water conservation and how they can do their part to help save the Earth’s water supply and protect Florida’s natural resources.    


Chautauqua Hosts Free Events

January 26, 2019

The Chautauqua Winter Assembly will have many free activities available in DeFuniak Springs, January 24 - 27, 2019.  For more information go  

Controlled Open Enrollment

January 11, 2019

Applications are now available for parents who are considering enrolling their children in a school other than their zoned school.

Students at West DeFuniak Elementary enjoyed a performance of Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow Queen”  presented by the Atlantic Coast Theatre.  Special thanks to the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation for making this experience possible.  Submitted by Darlene Paul

West DeFuniak Elementary would like to congratulate Ms. Teresa Macias for being chosen as Educational Support Person of the Year.  Ms. Macias is a bilingual interpreter for our school where she has worked for the last eight years.


Prior to coming to WDE, Ms. Macias was an interpreter and translator in several settings in Mexico.  One of her positions involved translating instruction manuals for electronic governors for a small industrial maintenance company. 


Several of Ms. Macias’s family members work in the academic field.  Her paternal grandmother was a teacher, her cousin is a college professor, and another family member is an advisor in a university in Mexico City.  Her nephew has a school where adults prepare to obtain degrees and certifications in programs sponsored by their employers. 


Ms. Macias enjoys assisting the hard-working teachers and students at WDE as well as facilitating the communication between parents and teachers.  Ms. Macias says, “I am grateful because I continuously learn from all of them.”


Congratulations to Ms. Macias our Educational Support Person of the Year.  Pictured with Ms. Macias is Mrs. Darlene Paul, Principal of West DeFuniak Elementary.

Congratulations to our Teacher of the Year!

Congratulations to Mrs. Carla Sconiers for being selected Teacher of the Year at West DeFuniak Elementary. This is her 7th year of teaching. She did her student teaching in first grade at WDE and has been in first grade ever since! Mrs. Sconiers helps students want to learn by getting to know them and their interests. Her goal is to also make learning as fun as it can be! She strives to build students up and support them on a daily basis! When Mrs. Sconiers was asked about her classroom she said, "The children bless me more than I could ever bless them! I hope that my students leave me each year knowing 'Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.'" It is our privilege to recognize Mrs. Sconiers as Teacher of the Year!

Pictured with Mrs. Carla Sconiers is Mrs. Darlene Paul, Principal of West DeFuniak Elementary.

On Wednesday, December 11th, fourth and fifth grade classroom winners participated in the Schoolwide Tropicana Speaking Competition.  Parents, students, teachers, and judges were amazed by the well thought out speeches and the students' ability to present them to such a large group of people. Congratulations to each of these students!!!

Fourth Grade

1st place - Carli Nowling - My Annoying Niece and Nephew

2nd place - Isabella Adkinson - Being an Only Child, Kids' Tables Are Awful

3rd place - Kari Hanscome - The Man Walt Disney

Fifth Grade

1st place - Rhiannon Fountain - Remodel Gone Wrong

2nd place - Chandler Shoaf - How to Write a Tropicana Speech

3rd place - Gracelyn Daniel - Our Money Habits

First and second place winners from our school competition will represent West DeFuniak at the District Tropicana Speaking Contest on December 18th at Freeport High School.