Highly Qualified Teachers
Pensacola Beach Elementary School was one of the highest performing schools in the State of Florida. PBES has dedicated and experienced teachers. Many of the teachers have advanced degrees and/or certified in multiple areas. PBES uses the Escambia County pay scale to attract highly qualified teachers. Pensacola Beach Elementary school has chosen to participate in the Florida Retirement System.
Highly Qualified Administrators
Jeff Castleberry — Pensacola Beach Elementary School has one administrator. Mr. Castleberry graduated from the University of Alabama and has a Masters Degree in Education from Troy State University. In addition, he has earned his Educational Leadership Certification from the University of West Florida.
The 2008–2009 school year will be his 19th year in public education and his 6th year as principal of Pensacola Beach Elementary School. He previously taught one year at Banks Jr. High School in Banks, Alabama, two years at Addie R. Lewis Middle School in Valparaiso, FL, six years at Gulf Breeze High School in Gulf Breeze, FL, and served three years as the Dean of Students at Sims Middle School in Pace, FL.
Since his employment in June 2002, Mr. Castleberry has worked closely with the teachers, parents, and community to improve the school. New math, reading, science textbooks, computers and computer software have been purchased. The school day was extended (2006–2007) to allow for a computer lab schedule for all students. Mr. Castleberry believes that the teachers and staff are the backbone of the school and he constantly collaborates with them to make short and long range plans that best benefit the students of Pensacola Beach Elementary School.