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What is a WaveMaker?  Someone that incites action or activity. 

Elementary School


Tony Pappas
SRO - School Resource Officer 

I'm a WaveMaker because...

Over the course of my 10 years in administration, I have had the pleasure to work with some amazing SROs, Officer Pappas being at the top of the list. He leads and ends our day with the utmost efficiency with getting folks in and out in a safe manner in our carline, which is no small task for a school with almost 1200 kids. He lends a hand wherever needed, even if that means helping the front office with package delivery. But, most importantly, he takes the utmost pride in keeping everyone on our campus safe. It is his number one priority, and he shows it in everything he does, even if that’s wrangling a possum out near the carline before students eat outside! It is nice to know that one worry can be taken off my plate, because I know Tony has us all covered. We love you and appreciate you more than you know, Tony! Thank you for everything you do for all of us each day to keep our school safe and cared for.
~Nominated by Dr. Alicia Early ~

Middle School


Leticia Teal

I'm a WaveMaker because...

Mrs. Leticia Teal embodies the ethos of "see a need, fill a need" in every aspect of her role at our school. With her unwavering dedication and selflessness, Mrs. Teal consistently goes above and beyond to support our students and staff members. Whether it's stepping in to cover classes, leading breakout rooms, or managing IT help desk situations, Mrs. Teal approaches every task with enthusiasm and selflessness. Her ability to seamlessly handle various responsibilities, including assisting students with iPad issues and providing last-minute substitute coverage, is a testament to her exceptional dedication and versatility. Mrs. Teal's willingness to lend a helping hand, even at a moment's notice, has made a significant and positive impact on our school community. She is truly deserving of the Staff Wavemaker award for her invaluable contributions and unwavering commitment to excellence.
~Nominated by Ram Talantis~

High School


Jacob Dukes
Project Smile Teacher

I'm a WaveMaker because...

I am thrilled to nominate Mr. Jacob Dukes for the prestigious Gulf Shores High School Wavemaker of the Month award. Mr. Dukes exemplified leadership, dedication, and service on the recent Leadership Retreat to Ocoee, TN, from April 17th to 20th. Mr. Dukes served as a chaperone to our NJROTC Cadets and served as a mentor to all Cadets. Mr. Dukes' assured that our Project Smile Cadet could fully participate in and benefit from the dynamic learning environment of the retreat. This retreat marked our most adventurous and rewarding trip to date and we owe thanks to Mr. Dukes' for his contributions.
~Nominated by LTC Scott Meehan ~