'A visionary': Everitt earns Lifetime Achievement Award as he retires from PAEC

Published: Friday, August 1, 2014 at 01:30 PM.

CHIPLEY - Those who know Panhandle Area Educational Consortium (PAEC) Director of Technology Rick Everitt would likely say he has made an impact on education in both his community and state - but would prefer the focus be on what remains to be done, rather than his own achievements.

However, as Everitt prepares to retire after 31 years of service, the Florida Association of Partners in Education (FAPE) presented him with the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his decades-long effort to improve education statewide.

FAPE President Liz Stark and Past President Linda Morris presented the award in Panama City recently.

"So many people don't realize just what (Everitt) has done for education over the years on both state and local levels," said Morris. "He was a behind the scenes kind of guy, but he got things done. He's been a man who has been in the profession for the sole purpose of helping people and helping kids. That's what drove his actions, and that is so indicative of how he worked. He didn't want any accolades for himself."

"He's never been boastful, nor sought credit or honor for himself," she continued. "His personal demeanor has always represented his inner values. He's honest, genuine, and a man of his word. On behalf of all who have crossed his path and for those who will reap the influence of his footprint, it was my distinct honor to have presented him with the Lifetime Achievement Award."

Pam Lastowski, also of FAPE, agrees.

"He's worked diligently over the years on major issues, such as improving education for our children,

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