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Sarasota County Schools Announces Black History Month “Honoring Our Own” Award Recipients

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Honoring Our Own

SARASOTA COUNTY, February 8, 2019 – In honor of Black History Month, Sarasota County Schools recently recognized three talented African American educators for their impact on and contributions to our community. Future educator Jakobie Green, current educator Dr. LaShawn Frost and legacy educator Jean Battie, represented by her husband, Hank Battie, were recognized during a special presentation at the most recent School Board meeting.

The school district believes education is a life-long pursuit and is committed to highlighting future educators— students who have been inspired to pursue a career in the education field; current educators— a teacher, administrator or staff member who goes beyond to promote positive outcomes for all students; and legacy educators – individuals who have worked with the school district to create change and inspire new generations of students to excel. Each month, Sarasota County Schools will be recognizing an exemplary group of educators as a demonstration of our appreciation for their contributions. Please join us as we “honor our own” in celebration of Black History Month: 

Future Educator: Jakobie Green

Jakobie Green is a sophomore at Booker High School with aspirations to become a teacher and eventually a judge. He is highly involved with school and community activities and is continually honing his leadership skills. Jakobie serves as a student representative on several boards, including CareerSource Suncoast. He credits his teachers and administrators at Emma E. Booker Elementary, Booker Middle School and Booker High School for helping him find his inner strength and talent as he explored clubs and school activities throughout his academic career.

Current Education: Dr. LaShawn Frost

Dr. LaShawn Frost is the principal of Booker Middle School and was recently named the 2019 Sarasota County Principal of the Year. She has been an inspirational educator for over 15 years and credits her experience in the “Art of Leadership” Institute at Harvard University as the framework that helped foster her appreciation for and understanding of the complexities of leading in 21st century schools. Dr. Frost is renowned for her leadership prowess and drive to see all her students and staff achieve greatness.

Legacy Educator: Jean Battie

Mrs. Jean Battie served as a Sarasota County educator for over 40 years. She is remembered as a passionate teacher that inspired others to advocate for children. Mrs. Battie was known for demanding excellence from her students as well as the community at-large, often inspiring others to act through her own tenacity, conviction and compassion. Her educational expertise and unquestionable impact on the community are evident in the legacy she has left behind – a legacy that will always be remembered and valued.

About Sarasota County Schools

Sarasota County Schools is committed to providing unrivaled academic, emotional and civic growth to every student, every day. As one of the leading employers on the Suncoast, Sarasota County Schools boasts 53 schools that expertly cater to the diverse needs of over 43,000 students. We are one of two Florida school districts to consistently earn an A-grade every year since 2004. Our passionate educators empower students to take charge of their academic and personal success, a practice we believe fosters lifelong growth and achievement. We actively maintain the district’s tradition of excellence and ensure that tradition extends to all students. Our commitment to our students extends beyond graduation to make sure they not only graduate on time, but do so college and career ready. Want to take your student’s education to the next level? Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit

Photo Caption – Left to Right: Dr. Dawn Clayton, supervisor of Alternative Education, Discipline & Dropout Prevention; Dr. Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools; Kyle Battie; Caroline Zucker, vice chair of the School Board; Hank Battie; Jane Goodwin, chair of the School Board; Dr. LaShawn Frost, principal of Booker Middle School; Jakobie Green; Bridget Ziegler, member of the School Board; Eric Robinson, member of the School Board.


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