Carol Kay Brown named director of leadership at Sarasota County Schools

She was a Hillsborough County educator for 19 years

Carol Kay Brown. Photo courtesy Sarasota County Schools

Carol Kay Brown has been named the new director of leadership at the Sarasota County Schools, effective July 17, the school district has announced.

“A Hillsborough County Schools educator for 19 years, Brown joins the Sarasota community from Robles Elementary in Tampa, where she served as principal since 2017,” a news release notes.

Brown’s position with the district formerly was held by Wendy Katz, the release adds.

“Mrs. Brown will be a dynamic addition to the district as the new director of leadership at Sarasota County Schools,” said Superintendent Todd Bowden in the release. “Her extensive developmental experience and passion for fostering team dynamics will be essential,” he continued in the release. “Additionally, her prowess for professional growth and training will equip instructors to better serve our students. Her talents will be greatly utilized at Sarasota County Schools.”

“I am thrilled at the opportunity to bring my knowledge and experience to the district,” said Brown in the release. “I look forward to assisting my colleagues in realizing their greater potential through results-driven initiatives and quality training,” she added in the release.

“Mrs. Brown has a proven track record that boasts student achievement and development,” noted Laura Kingsley, assistant superintendent/chief academic officer for the school district, in the release. “Carol has received numerous awards that speak to her continued pursuit of excellence, not only for herself, but also for her students and instructors that have served under her leadership. She is a steward of innovative and diversified programs, a focus that will surely enhance our district,” Kinglsey added in the release.

Prior to joining the Robles Elementary staff, Brown was principal at MOSI Partnership Elementary from 2013 to 2017, the release points out. At MOSI Partnership Elementary, she was responsible for numerous educational collaborations and for “implementing professional learning communities and procedures for instructional staff,” the district release says. Before she held that administrative role, Brown served as principal at Temple Terrace Elementary School from 2010 to 2013; she was the assistant principal for elementary instruction at Temple Terrace Elementary School from 2005 to 2010; and she was a second-grade teacher at Temple Terrace Elementary School from 2001 to 2005, the release notes.

Brown has a master’s degree in educational leadership from the Nova Southeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of South Florida, the release adds. She is pursuing her educational doctorate in innovative education at the University of South Florida.