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Family Creates Janet Bullard Campbell Teaching Chair in Teacher Education
Mrs. Janet (pronounced Jennette) Bullard Campbell (Nov. 6, 1928-Feb. 24, 2014) was the daughter of Albert Fletcher Bullard Sr. and Mary Virginia Cumming Bullard. Mrs. Campbell held an M.S. in guidance and counseling from Troy State University and a B.A. in elementary education from the University of West Florida. She was a lifelong resident of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., and a strong voice for education, serving more than 24 years in the Walton County School District as a teacher, guidance counselor, principal, and supervisor of curriculum and instruction. Additionally, Mrs. Campbell served under two appointments from Gov. Lawton Chiles, serving on the South Walton Conservation and Development Trust and as a trustee to Okaloosa-Walton Community College (now Northwest Florida State College).
Education was always important to Mrs. Campbell. Her father, A.F. Bullard, was a trustee at Huntington College, and her mother, Mary Virginia Bullard, was a highly respected teacher at Walton High School and an adjunct instructor at Okaloosa-Walton Junior College. Janet initially attended Huntington College but left college after her freshman year to raise a family. Years later she returned to college to earn her first degree.
Mrs. Campbell began her professional career in 1969 as a mathematics and English teacher at Maude Saunders Elementary School and Walton Middle School. In 1973, after completing an advanced degree in guidance and counseling, she moved to Paxton High School to serve as guidance counselor, becoming principal of the school in 1977. She went on to serve as principal of West DeFuniak Elementary School from 1977-83. In this capacity, she was the first female to be given a long-term appointment as a principal in Walton County. From 1983-88, she served as Program Planning Specialist for the Walton School District. From 1988-91, she was Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction for the Walton School District. In 1991, to aid with a transition at Bay Elementary School, Janet served a one-year term as principal, after which she returned to her position as Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction for the Walton School District. Mrs. Campbell retired in 1993.
After retiring Mrs. Campbell continued her contributions to education. Through her involvement in the Walton County Retired Educators Association (WCREA) and as a trustee to Okaloosa-Walton Community College, she helped to establish the WCREA Scholarship Endowment. This endowment with the Northwest Florida State College Foundation established a perpetual scholarship award to assist NWF State College students majoring in teacher education. Mrs. Campbell was also active in civic affairs, both at local and state levels. She was a member of the Pilot Club International of DeFuniak Springs, the Florida Chautauqua Board, and the Heritage Association, and was a devoted and active member of the First Presbyterian Church of DeFuniak Springs where she served as an elder and choir member for many years.
In memory of Mrs. Campbell, her children, Jette Campbell, Sandra Balkom, and Connie Campbell, along with Mrs. Campbell's sister, Virginia Oswald, created the Janet Bullard Campbell Distinguished Teaching Chair in Teacher Education with a gift of $100,000. This endowment will perpetually support the instruction and program needs of the Teacher Education Department at Northwest Florida State College. "We are humbled that the Campbell family chose to memorialize their mother with this endowment to help educate future teachers. While our students will benefit from this gift, so too will the children that they teach in the classroom," stated NWF State College President Dr. Ty Handy.
Mrs. Campbell is remembered not only as someone who taught young people her strong and admirable value system but also as a great mentor to those she supervised both at the school level and the district level. She was kind, encouraging, and saw the best in everyone. She met life's challenges with courage, determination, and a sense of humor. She was a staunch advocate for education, and her legacy has made an indelible mark on her family, colleagues, friends, and community.
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Group Photo L-R: Foundation Chair Dewayne Youngblood, Sandra Balkom, Connie Campbell, and Jette Campbell.