Healthy Schools


Welcome to the Healthy Schools webpage! Our Vision is "Florida's Children: Healthy, Fit and Ready to Learn." Healthy Schools encompasses two curriculum content areas: Health Education and Physical Education and the following projects; Statewide Online Tobacco Prevention Teacher Training; USF Healthy Schools HIV/STD, Teen Pregnancy Prevention and School-based Survey.

Healthy Schools fully embraces the eight-component Coordinated School Health (CSH) model. CSH approach is designed to address issues of student health and academic success at the state, district and school levels.

Eight Components of Coordinated School Health

The CSH approach consists of eight major components:

By definition all Coordinated School Health components work together to improve the lives of students and their families. Although these components are listed separately, it is their continuous merging that allows CSH to have significant impact.

Staff Contact Information

Penny Taylor
Director, Office of Healthy Schools
Bureau of Standards and Instructional Support
325 West Gaines Street, Suite 444
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400
Phone: 850-245-9522
Penny.Taylor@fldoe.org

Nichole Wilder
Assistant Director/Physical Education Coordinator
Phone: 850-245-0813
Nichole.Wilder@fldoe.org

Rikita Patel
Health Education Coordinator
Phone: 850-245-5056
Rikita.Patel@fldoe.org

Ksena Zipperer
HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Coordinator
Phone: 850-245-9952
Ksena.Zipperer@fldoe.org

Petricia Sailor
Contracts & Grants Specialist
Phone: 850-245-9322
Petricia.Sailor@fldoe.org