Kindergarten — Mrs. Katie Hine

Hello! My name is Katie Hine, and I am thrilled to be a part of the PBES family. I am originally from North Carolina, but my family now calls the Gulf Coast our home. I graduated with my Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from the College of Charleston in 2012, and have taught in VPK, Kindergarten, 1st , and 2nd grade classrooms.

I live in Pensacola with my husband, 3 kids, and 2 dogs. I am very excited that my children will spend their elementary years as Sandpipers. Some of my favorite things include the beach, crafting, sports, and just being a tourist in our own town.

I started my teaching career in Kindergarten, and I am excited to be returning.  I treasure the opportunity to guide little people as they begin their school careers.  As an educator, my main goal is to create an environment where my students are comfortable and confident. I want to spark my students’ natural curiosity, allow them room to explore, and inspire a love of learning. I cannot imagine anything better than the opportunity to teach on the beach.

Assistant- Mrs. Marilee Etier

Hi!  I am Merilee Etier and I am overjoyed to be joining the Sandpiper family at PBES.  It is a true blessing to call Gulf Breeze my home for the last 48 years and I could not imagine raising my three boys anywhere else.  My husband, Darrell, and I enjoy the laid-back lifestyle and warmth of our close-knit community.  In my spare time, I can be found fishing, crafting, cheering for the Tampa Bay Rays, and cooking for my beloved family and friends.

I have had the privilege of spending the last four years at OBE as a paraprofessional.  My experience extends from specialized education in a Social Thinking classroom with students ranging from K-5 as well as a Grade 3 classroom.  My heart is full when I have the opportunity to inspire young minds, encourage individuality, stimulate creativity, and engage with students to reach their fullest potential.  I am excited to partner with Katie Hine wher our love and enthusiasm for teaching will shine through in each one of our students.  

I am thrilled to begin a new adventure working with the stellar staff and students at PBES on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  “We make a living on what we get, we make a life on what we give.” Winston Churchill

2023-2024 Kindergarten Supply List