Folino named new Tuttle Elementary principal

She will replace Tomas Dinverno

Patti Folino. Photo courtesy Sarasota County Schools

Patti Folino has been named the new principal at Tuttle Elementary School, effective July 9, pending School Board approval, the Sarasota County School District has announced.

A Sarasota County Schools educator for 23 years, Folino is to relocate to Tuttle from Brentwood Elementary, where she has served as assistant principal since 2014, the release adds. She is expected to replace Tomas Dinverno, who left Tuttle Elementary for Venice Middle School earlier this spring, the release points out.

In a statement, Superintendent Todd Bowden wrote of Folino, “Her tenure and reputation throughout the school district are unparalleled. Also, her passion for making a difference in our community is invaluable. She will do a tremendous job serving the diverse students, families and staff at Tuttle Elementary.”

“A genuine sense of gratitude best describes the way I feel being selected as Tuttle Elementary School’s principal,” said Folino in the release. “I am fortunate to join the dedicated staff and Tuttle community to build on the vast opportunities they have created for their students and families,” she added in the release.

Before she began working at Brentwood Elementary, Folino was a program manager and supervisor with the school district from 2005 to 2014, the release notes. In that capacity, she was responsible for strategies for numerous professional development and teacher training programs, the release explains.

Folino served as a language arts teacher at Booker Middle School from 2003 to 2005, and she was a team leader, mentor and writing specialist at Gocio Elementary from 1995 to 2001, the release says.

Folino earned an educational doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Argosy University, a master’s degree in varying exceptionalities from the University of South Florida and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Florida, the release points out.

A native of the Gulf Coast, Folino resides in Bradenton with her two children, who have attended Sarasota County Schools, the release says.

She also “is an avid runner and sports enthusiast,” the release notes.