Freeport Wildcats are excited to announce our Teacher of the Year, Kristi Gantenbein, and Educational Support Professional of the Year, Joanie Porter.
Kristi Gantenbein, kindergarten teacher extraordinaire, is in her 6th year teaching and her third year at FES. Prior to FES, Mrs. Gantenbein taught first and second grade, and received the "Rising Star" award in her first year. Mrs. G, as she is lovingly known throughout FES, says, " I always knew I would be a teacher; it's all I've ever wanted to do. I feel very blessed to have felt that calling and passion from such a young age. One of my favorite things about teaching is building relationships with my students. I love getting to celebrate my student's success with them and watch their confidence grow." When not at school, Mrs. Gantenbein enjoys spending time with her family, reading and taking bike rides. We, at FES, are very blessed to have Mrs. Kristi Gantenbein in our Wildcat family.
Joanie Porter, cafeteria connoisseur, joined the FES Wildcat family in 2017 as a custodian. Mrs. Porter transferred to the cafeteria in 2019 and truly loves being able to interact with the students, if even only for a few moments. Mrs. Porter greets each student with a happy "Good Morning" and believes that positive interaction makes a difference in the students' day. Mrs. Porter always has a smile on her face and her positivity is infectious. Joanie and her family are lifelong residents of Walton County and her daughters are both Paxton graduates. Mrs. Porter and her husband will celebrate their 23rd anniversay this year. The FES family appreciates Mrs. Joanie Porter, and we are thankful she is a Wildcat.