Mr. Palma has been at Gulf since Oct. 10, 1992. While at Gulf, he has also been assigned to a second school, so he has also been an AP at Hudson, Mitchell, and Marchman.
His wife Barbara, who teaches at Richey Elementary School, will also retire at the end of the school year.
The Palmas have a son, Jonathan, who graduated from GHS in 1993 and is an attorney in Pinellas County, and a daughter, Jennifer, who graduated from GHS in 1990 and is a guidance counselor in Pinellas County.
Mr. Palma was born in 1945 in New York City. He attended Martin Van Buren High School in New York, and received a B. S. degree in education from Oswego State University an M. A. degree from Stony Brook University. He received an administrative certificate from New York University. He came to Florida in 1986 and taught at Anclote and Calusa Elementary Schools before becoming an administrator.
Mr. Palma says his plans for retirement are to sail, to take trips, and ride his motorcycle.