Amazing teachers are the most critical component in helping students be successful. The Education Foundation designs initiatives to help inspire our best teachers and elevate the value in which our community holds them.

We stand fiercely committed to supporting our educators through valued professional development and high-quality recognition programs. For students to unlock their full potential, our first investment must be in our teachers.


EducateSRQ, our School-wide and Classroom Grants program, affords our phenomenal Sarasota County Schools administrators with the ability to improve schools overall and for educators to take their lessons to the next level—an opportunity we truly cherish. School-wide Grants enable entire schools to make greater leaps toward 21st-century learning environments.

Yet there is no better way to support our teachers and students than directly in the classroom. EducateSRQ encourages all teachers across K-12 grade levels to apply for grants that will directly support their individual classrooms through hands-on projects that cover all subjects or via an EdExploreSRQ field trip, a program we are proud to amplify. Educators report increases in student achievement and improvement in behavior across the board as a result of EducateSRQ grants.

Teachers at all grade levels and public schools in Sarasota County are invited to apply for project grants up to $1,000. Thanks to generous donors, the Education Foundation has awarded over $3 million for more than 4,000 classroom grants, opening new horizons for thousands of students over the years.



Ignite Education showcases Sarasota’s teachers’ incredible talent, dedication, and passion for delivering best practices in education and transformative learning in the classroom. The Education Foundation of Sarasota County, in partnership with Sarasota County Schools, hosts the annual program recognizing the Teacher of the Year award recipients and an Alumni of Distinction. The event celebrates teachers in our community who show commitment to their profession, are leaders among colleagues and motivate students to learn through their distinctive teaching methods and passion.

2018 Teacher of the Year: Es Swihart, Riverview High School