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Dr. Laurie Breslin Appointed Interim Principal at Sarasota Middle School

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Dr. Laurie Breslin

SARASOTA COUNTY, October 5, 2018 – Sarasota County Schools announces the appointment of Dr. Laurie Breslin as interim principal at Sarasota Middle School where she will serve for the remainder of the school year. She takes on the role as current principal, Janel Dorn, will be reassigned to a high school as an assistant principal working to help students further their academic success by considering college or career-ready choices upon graduation. 

Dr. Breslin currently serves as an assistant principal at Booker High where was an influential part of the team to boost the school’s 2017-18 grade by 85 points, advancing from a C to B grade, according to the Florida Department of Education. Her commitment to academic success and lifelong learning makes her an ideal candidate to assume the role of interim principal at Sarasota Middle School. An avid proponent of technology in the classroom, Dr. Breslin will continue the tradition of academic excellence throughout the Panther school community.

“We are pleased that Dr. Breslin will take on the role of interim principal at Sarasota Middle School for the remainder of the school year,” noted Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools. “Her commitment to academic excellence, as evidenced by the improved test scores at Booker High, will be a tremendous asset to the students and instructional staff at Sarasota Middle School. She is an excellent candidate to extend the important work Mrs. Dorn fulfilled during her tenure, and we look forward to lasting success at Sarasota Middle School.”

“I am overwhelmed by the opportunity to serve the students and staff at Sarasota Middle School,” commented Dr. Laurie Breslin. “The school’s community is filled with pride and accomplishment, and I look forward to making a continued difference in the hearts and minds of these students who are eager to learn and find their unique paths toward success.”

“Dr. Breslin is a natural choice to serve as interim principal at Sarasota Middle School,” said Steve Cantees, executive director of secondary schools. “Her tenacity to make a difference and improve academic outcomes for students is impressive. She will make a terrific interim principal, and we are excited for her to grow and learn in her new role.”

Prior to her tenure with Sarasota County Schools, Dr. Breslin served as an assistant principal at Palmetto High School from 2016 – 2017 and Manatee High School from 2010 – 2016. She is a leader in curriculum and instruction and has a proven track record of improving student achievement. Dr. Breslin earned her bachelor, masters and specialist degrees from the University of Florida before completing her doctorate degree from Argosy University. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Todd Breslin, and four children, Tyler, Colin, Caden and William.

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