Fourth Grade

Our 4th-grade teachers are Mrs. Olson and Ms. McLeod!


Meet Mrs. Olson

I am incredibly happy to be a part of PBES teaching fourth grade.  It is such an amazing school.  This will be my 12th year of teaching, and I still love it!  My roots are in the upper-Midwest (IL, WI, and MN), and it is there that I received my college degrees; a BS in music education from the University of Illinois (go Illini!) and a BS in elementary education from Minnesota State University.

Two years ago my family transplanted to Florida.  My husband Jason teaches science at Gulf Breeze High School and works with the band.  We have two young children – the oldest will be in 5th grade at PBES this year, and his sister will be in 2nd grade.  Although I now enjoy the benefits of wearing flip-flops year-round AND visiting a beautiful beach on a whim, I must admit that I still find myself missing a good snowstorm during the winter months!

Academically, I look forward to helping my students become more skillful, confident individuals.  We will enjoy the rigors of reading, writing, and arithmetic to be sure, but I also anticipate practice of habits that will enhance learning for a lifetime.

Meet Ms. McLeod

Ms. McLeod received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and her Masters in Educational Leadership/Curriculum and Instruction. She was previously a National Board Teacher.   Ms. McLeod was one of the first teachers hired at Pensacola Beach Elementary School when it was established as a charter school.  Ms. McLeod has over twenty years of experience as an educator.  She has worked in public, private, charter and online school environments. Throughout her career, Ms. McLeod has provided professional development for teachers, mentored student teachers, and served on numerous community and educational committees.

“I believe that PBES is the ideal learning environment for students because it promotes critical thinking skills that result in academic gains, personal growth, and academic excellence.”

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