Kristy Farmer hugs her daughter Jamie after greeting her following her first day as a ABC School pre-kindergartner. Farmer said her daughter had been a little apprehensive in separating from older sister, kindergartner AnnaBell, but she has decided she loves school and is looking for coming back. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]
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Charter school opens under new leadership

With full enrollment of about 377 students, the Apalachicola Bay Charter School is opening the 2023-24 with two new leaders at the helm, and shifts to the classroom staff tailored for an ever-changing student population.
Elizabeth Kirvin, who was among the local citizens who first envisioned the school around their kitchen tables nearly three decades ago, has come full circle, succeeding Sherry Ware as principal. Newly named as assistant principal is former intervention teacher Katie Bergthold.

Elizabeth Kirvin, right, is the new principal at the ABC School, while Katie Bergthold is the new assistant principal. [ ABC School | Contributed ]

The school has promoted two Franklin County High School alumnae, who last year worked as paraprofessionals, Alexus Johnson in the fourth grade classroom, and Myia Nash, in the second grade classroom.

Myia Nash, center, has been moved up to the post of second grade teacher, joining colleague Payton Ward, at left. At right is Sarah Ard, the classes’ paraprofessionals. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

Another alumna, Breanna Golden, has moved from fourth grade to sixth grade, where she now teaches English and language arts.
Joel Blessing, a former ESE teacher at ABC, is now handling physical education teaching responsibilities, his skills sharpened by being a certified coach.

Former ESE teacher Joel Blessing is the new physical education teacher. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

To address the needs of students for whom English is not their first language, the ELL (English Language Learners) program now has two paraprofessionals, Andrea Moore and Elizabeth Jones.

Andrea Moore works as a paraprofessional with ELL (English Language Learners. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]
Elizabeth Jones, at left, a paraprofessional whose assignment includes ESE and ELL students, talks with Jackie Fender, the elementary ESE teacher. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

Lizzie Tipton now is the full-time music teacher for grades kindergarten through eighth, while the media center duties are handled by classroom teacher Jessi Ammons along with a rotation of other faculty.

ABC School art teacher Merrill Livingston reviews for students the outline of her classroom after sharing with them their new art supplies. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

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Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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