Carrie Chavers, Principal
"Welcome to Dune Lakes Elementary School! We are excited to partner with you in the education of your child. We welcome you to the Sandpiper Family and look forward to a successful year." – Carrie Chavers
Ms. Chavers is an Emerald Coast native and has lived in the area her entire life. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from the University of Florida. Ms. Chavers received her Master of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida. She holds a Florida Professional Certificate in Educational Leadership and Elementary Education with endorsements in Gifted Education and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). Ms. Chavers has over 20 years of educational experience in elementary through high school.
Prior to being named the Principal of Dune Lakes Elementary School by Superintendent A. Russell Hughes, Ms. Chavers was the Assistant Principal at South Walton High School. She also served as South Walton High School’s Dean of Students and a literacy coach for the Walton County School District. Before joining Walton County School District, Ms. Chavers was a reading coach for the Success For All Foundation where she assisted school districts all over the United States and Canada in developing and implementing reading programs as well as a systems approach to ensure student success including training and planning with attendance, behavior, parent and family involvement, cooperative culture, and community connections. Ms. Chavers taught elementary school for 12 years in Okaloosa County.
Jennifer Nick, Assistant Principal
"I am a longtime Walton County educator. I am committed to ensuring that every child, every day is at the heart of the mindset of all staff members." -Jennifer Nick
Prior to being named the Assistant Principal of Dune Lakes Elementary School, Mrs. Nick served as an Assistant Principal of Bay Elementary School and Emerald Coast Middle School. Mrs. Nick has held several teaching and administrative postitions during her 21-year career with the Walton County School District. Before this, she was a speech pathologist with the Montogmery, Ala. County Public School System. She has served as an Exceptional Student Education teacher, General Education teacher, instructional coach, and district administrator. Mrs. Nick currently holds an Educationnal Specialist Degree in Education, Master of Education and Master of Special Education, and a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Pathology and Education.
Mrs. Nick and her husband own and operate Nick's Seafood Restaurant in Basin Bayou. She takes great pride in serving the community and supporting and leading numerous comminity causes. Mrs. Nick and her husband have two children: Aubree, 16; and Cade, 10. Both attend schools in the Walton County School District.