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Laurie  Hamilton
Media Specialist
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Grand Ridge High School, 1981

Chipola College, 1984

Florida State University, BS Elementary Education, 1986

University of West Florida, MS Educational Leadership. 2011

PK-12 Media Specialist Certification

Industrial Arts and Technology 7-12 Certification



I began my career teaching Elementary at Grand Ridge School in 1986. I have taught grades 1-6 with most of the years in First Grade.  In 2003, I was given the opportunity to teach Television Production to grades 9-12 at Jackson Academy of Applied Technology (JAAT) and spent the next three years there. At the end of the school year in 2006, JAAT was closed and the opportunity to become the Technology Coordinator for Marianna Middle School in Marianna, FL came about.  I spent the next eight years working with teachers helping them to incorporate 21st Century skills in their curricula.  In 2013, the school-based Technology Coordinator positions were discontinued at the school level and I came full circle back to Grand Ridge School teaching 5th Grade English/Language Arts. Then, in August 2014, the opportunity to become the Media Specialist at Graceville Elementary came about, thus starting a new chapter in my career.   Each change/chapter in my career has brought about a better understanding of the importance of the classroom teacher in the process of educating children.  I believe my experiences have helped me to become a better teacher - for no matter the position or circumstance, I will always be a teacher!


I am a "native" Jackson Countian.  I was born in Marianna, but grew up in the small community of Dellwood, FL on the east side of Jackson County - just down the road from Two Egg!  I have two daughters, both grown.  My oldest daughter, Alana, is married and is a Kindergarten teacher at Golson Elementary.  My youngest daughter, Jordan, is married and is a Speech/Language Pathologist in Jackson School District.  I am married to John Hamilton.  Together, we have 5 grandchildren- Bryce Hamilton,  Aaron Hamilton, Sam Kight Hamilton, Sydney Green, and Hadley Green.  Besides spending time with our children (John has two sons) and grandchildren, we like to travel...which, hopefully, in the near future, we will be able to do more of...