Judy Vandergrift



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I was born in Panama City and educated in the local school system.  After graduating from High School, I enrolled at Pensacola Junior College for my first two years before transferring to Florida Atlantic University (Go Owls).  There, I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and also met my husband, Don.  We both taught in Palm Beach County while I worked on my Masters in Leadership.  After earning my degree, we moved back to my hometown where we both began teaching science in Junior High. In 1986, I received my first administrative appointment and remained in administration until my retirement from Bay District Schools. I was appointed Deputy Superintendent of schools and served in that role for six years.  After retirement, I worked with FSU-PC supervising student teachers until I was approached to become involved in opening a new charter school.  That school is University Academy, which has been designated an A school since its existence. I was appointed City Commissioner of Lynn Haven in February to fill a vacancy created by a resignation.  I have been married for 47 years and I have the pleasure of being mother to two sons and being “granny” to four precious granddaughters.