Financial readiness makes sense for high school students

Financial readiness makes sense for high school students

When you were in high school, odds are you didn’t realize that decisions you were making and what you were learning would impact everything in your future adult life, from how and where you live and work, to the car you drive, the clothes your children wear and how...
Grants help teachers adapt to pandemic

Grants help teachers adapt to pandemic

When Jeanette Marks, science teacher at Sarasota Military Academy, requested an EducateSRQ grant to purchase a GoPro camera, a certain section of her grant application stood out to us at the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. “This equipment will be so much more...
Caring in the Classroom Starts with Teachers

Caring in the Classroom Starts with Teachers

The classroom is where the spark for learning happens for students, and it takes incredible teachers to light that spark. For all of my professional life, whether as a school superintendent, university faculty member, or head of school, I have found that the key to an...
Honoring teachers who make magic

Honoring teachers who make magic

We saw magic unfold last week when the creativity, comedic talents and caring hearts of our local teachers were on display in the first virtual production of Sarasota County’s annual Teacher of the Year Awards event. For years the Education Foundation of Sarasota...
Giving it all to meet high expectations

Giving it all to meet high expectations

You get an idea of Becky Satterly as a teacher when she identifies her crowning professional achievement as the time students voted her as the teacher most likely to be on a reality television show. “It shows they understand me as a person and not just as the...
Celebrate Sarasota County’s teachers

Celebrate Sarasota County’s teachers

Teachers are a fundamental part of a thriving community. They inspire and motivate students to pursue their dreams and to succeed in their future endeavors, and they play a critical role in ensuring the well-being of our young people. It is impossible to quantify the...
Exciting and positive classroom helps students stay upbeat

Exciting and positive classroom helps students stay upbeat

Samantha Miller was inspired to switch her planned vocation from science to teaching when interning at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. “My heart drew me to art and history but I was majoring in biology and psychology because my father believed that I could find...
Teaching kindergartners to create a positive world

Teaching kindergartners to create a positive world

When you look back fondly on a memorable teacher, what is the first thing that comes to mind? For most people, the memory is of a teacher who was kind and made them feel safe, loved, and valued. “When my former students come back to visit, they don’t say, ‘Remember...