In the Fall of 2018 Gold Star Private Academy will open it doors as the first private school in Bristol, Florida available to students of all abilities. The story behind the name Gold Star Private Academy is rooted in our family history. Our Uncle Dewey T. Wood was killed in Action, August 9, 1944 at Near St. Lo , France during World War II. Our mother the late Joyce G. (Wood) Fairchild, often told us stories about her older bother carrying her to school when she was little. She also recounted the day her brother Dewey left for the war. She told us that she knew then in her heart that it would be the last time she saw him. Families that have lost members in war are referred to as Gold Star Families. In honor of our Uncle Dewey and our mother Joyce G. Fairchild, an educator of 40+ years, we chose the name Gold Star Private Academy as a reminder that this family gave all through the life and service of Dewey T. Wood.
Janna Fairchld Hill and Johnette Fairchild Wahlquist are the daughters of the late Joyce G. Fairchild, a former educator of more than 40 years, and Co-Founders of Gold Star Private Academy.
We're the team behind the dream. We make things happen.
Johnette Wahlquist, LPN Co-Founder
Janna Hill M.S. Educational Leadership, B.S in Psychology, Certified in Middle Grades Science and Exceptional Student Education Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Jordan Wahlquist, MS, CCC-SLP Co-Founder Gold Star Private Academy
In honor of: Private First Class Dewey T. Wood
Kalynn Richardson LPN and B.S. in Behavioral Psychology Co-Founder
In memory of: Joyce Gwendolyn Wood Fairchild Graduate Florida State University Educator of 44 years Sister of : PFC Dewey T. Wood (KIA WWII)
GOLD STAR PRIVATE ACADEMY, INCORPORATED admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.