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Communications Department Phone: (904) 390-2126

The Duval County Public Schools Communications Department serves the district's communication needs in the following areas:

Marsha Oliver
Chief Officer

Myra Simmons
Technical Manager, Communications
As technical manager for the communications department, Myra's primary responsibilities include: maintaining/updating district list; coordinating the speakers bureau program which pair executive level employees with outside agencies for requested speaking engagements; and the good news ambassador program which in conjunction with schools helps to create publicity for special events at the school level.

Patricia Gilley and Tara Casey
Receptionist/Clerical Support
Patricia Gilley and Tara Casey serve as the administrative support team who provides coverage for the district’s switchboard and clerical support for the communication’s office.

Public Relations

Mary anne Christensen
Supervisor, Media Relations
Mary Anne is the Supervisor of Media Relations and External Communications.  She leads all of the district’s proactive, reactive and crisis communications efforts. She plans and executes public information programs and strategies that promote school district policies, programs, events and priorities with external audiences. As the media relations liaison, Mary Anne interfaces with media outlets on a daily basis.

Celeste Pattee
Technical Manager, Internal Communications
As manager of internal communications, Celeste is responsible for communicating news, events and information to all of Duval County Public Schools’ more than 14,000 staff members.  She utilizes several different methods for distributing this information, such as weekly e-newsletters, a bi-weekly online newsletter and a quarterly printed newsletter. Celeste also coordinates and scripts the presentations to honor special achievement at each monthly School Board meeting.

TV, Web and Graphics Production

Keith Pittman
Supervisor, Web & Visual Arts
As Supervisor of Web & Visual Arts, Keith manages and maintains the content of the district web site and provides support for the school based web sites. This job also includes the production of district publications such as brochures, posters, booklets etc. 

Gary Daniels
Television Production Coordinator
Gary Daniels serves as Television Production Coordinator, which entails the production of three monthly half-hour television shows: REAL School, School Matters & Brain Brawl and oversees the production of the monthly school board meeting. It also produces Public Service Announcements (PSAs) for broadcast as well as videos for internal clients.

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