Thank you to all of my supporters!

Dr. Karin Schmidt, Principal Venice Middle School (retired 2018)

April, 2019


It is with the highest degree of respect that I endorse and support Karen Rose for Sarasota County School Board. As the former principal of Venice Middle School, I can tell you first hand that this professional educator truly understands what it takes to lead in the Sarasota County School District. Karen knows what our children need to excel and grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually. And as such, she has worked tirelessly with her teachers, administrators, parents, and the community to create successful and respected middle schools.
As the former Executive Director of Middle Schools, Karen paved the way for all of her schools to attain academic excellence. She is a researcher, planner, and experienced leader who sees beyond the obvious and executes learning strategies in the most systemic manner. As her former middle school principals would attest, and I am one of them, Karen lead with both heart and mind. She believed in the strategies we were implementing. She knew what would work and we followed her lead. And in the end, our students and schools saw great gains.
As one of Sarasota’s own, Karen has devoted her entire professional life to education. Her love of children and education is the mighty force that keeps propelling her forward. Along with her proven background and documented records of excellence, it is my belief that Karen is well prepared to take the seat on the Sarasota County School Board. She stands for what is right and just. She is an ethical and honest person. What more could we possibly require of one who should sit in that seat?
For me, it has been the greatest honor to work alongside this highly qualified and respected leader. I am confident that Karen Rose will always have the hearts and minds of her students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community at the forefront of every decision she will make. Karen Rose will lead and not follow! Given the chance, she will make wondrous contributions to the Sarasota County School District.

Dr. Karin Schmidt,
Venice Middle School Principal (Retired)

Nicole Machenheimer, Sarasota County Teacher, STEM Model Teacher and Trainer:

April, 2019

“I had the privilege of teaching under the leadership of Karen Rose at Sarasota Middle School for 8 years.  Karen supported the teachers and always worked to be sure they were provided the materials they needed to ensure academic success.  Karen leads with transparency and focuses on the goal of developing plans and procedures that ensure the success of ALL students.  She fosters a sense of community among all.  She facilitates productive conversations among people with varying perspectives and considers all input when working to identify solutions and procedures that are the best for student success and safety.  Karen will focus on unifying the community for the shared goal of the safety and success of all students.  Karen Rose is the best candidate for the District 2 seat on the Sarasota County School Board.  She will bring amazing leadership and communication skills, as well as her years of school budget and safety experience to the position.”

Mary Tucker, Parent 

April, 2019

“I am writing to express my support for Karen Rose in her efforts to be elected to the Sarasota County School Board.  As a proud parent of two children who are benefiting greatly from their educational experiences in the Sarasota County School system, I want to ensure that we have committed leadership in our School Board Members.  Karen Rose shows that commitment and dedication to our schools, students and community.  Both of my children were at Sarasota Middle School when Karen was principal and I had the pleasure of being president of the PTSO under Karen.  She was always looking out for the interests & safety of all the children, was an excellent leader of our school and always encouraged parents to be an active part of the school community.  She was a great communicator and a stabilizing influence to us as we embarked on our middle school journey.  I believe she is a true advocate for all students and is committed to ensuring that every child has the chance to maximize his or her potential.  Karen’s leadership, experience and dedication will serve her well as she serves on our School Board.”

Traci Douberly, Parent
April, 2019
“I am writing to endorse Karen Rose for the Sarasota School Board. As a parent of two children who attended elementary through high school, I had the opportunity to watch them thrive and grow while attending Sarasota Middle School during Karen Rose’s tenure as their principal. The dedication Mrs. Rose exhibited to her students, parents and staff was unwavering, while always putting the students’ needs first. She is a visionary who worked tirelessly to bring new technology and resources to the classrooms, enabling our students’ opportunities they may have never experienced.
I urge you to elect Karen Rose in August, 2020 to the School Board because every student, parent and staff member deserve someone who is a dedicated, hardworking advocate for Sarasota schools.”
Traci Douberly
Former Parent and Proud Supporter of Karen Rose

Karen Rose for School Board Receives Endorsement of Your Observer News:
August 15, 2018
“Rose’s nearly three decades of distinguished accomplishments as head of the district’s middle schools, a principal and innovator, she would bring a needed fresh perspective to the board.
Read the full recommendation:

Karen Rose Earns Endorsement for School Board District 4 Seat from Sun News:
“Rose brings a fresh perspective and insights into both the positives and negatives of Sarasota County’s school system.  She will bring diversity of thought to the table; we are confident she will be a strong voice for students, parents, teachers and taxpayers.” August 11, 2018
Read the full recommendation:

Realtors Association of Sarasota and Manatee, Greg Owens, RASM President Endorses Karen Rose for School Board:
July 23, 2018
“On behalf of The Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee, I’m pleased to inform you that the Realtor® Association recommends you in your bid for Sarasota County School Board, District 4.
You were selected following an intense review process of all candidates by our Political Action Advisory Committee (PAAC) and Board of Directors. The selection was based upon your responses submitted via questionnaire and an in-person interview with our PAAC. Out of all the candidates we screened, your responses aligned most with our public policy position guide. The Members of the PAAC and the Board of Directors were impressed with your history of working with students, teachers and administrators in the District. RASM believes that on the School Board you will continue your children first agenda and ensure that the District continues to be the preeminent school district in Florida.
We wish you the best of luck on your campaign!”

Former Sarasota County Schools Superintendent, Wilma Hamilton Delp Endorses Karen Rose for School Board: 

“While I have great respect for all those who choose to run for the School Board, I am endorsing Karen Rose for the District 4 seat. I have known Karen for almost 30 years and I value her laser–like focus on student achievement and the overall wellbeing of children.
I have decided to support her because I know she will forcefully address the school safety issues facing Sarasota County — and every other school system in the nation. While having resource officers in every school is a valued first step, I believe that addressing the underlying issues that result in school violence is essential. Her background in working with students and families in crisis, students with emotional problems, bullying issues, etc. make her an ideal candidate to guide and lead in this critical area.
I know Karen will insist on the development of effective programs to identify, report and address these safety issues. Further, I trust that she will support the need for additional counselors, social workers and psychologists to deal specifically with these exigent mental health issues.
School safety concerns are not going to magically disappear. It will take proactive measures and expert leadership to direct this ongoing effort. I believe Karen Rose will be tenacious in addressing today’s most critical school issue.”  July, 2018

Republican Party of Sarasota Endorses School Board Candidate, Karen Rose

June, 2018
“Karen Rose is a seasoned educator of 28 years in the Sarasota County School District, most recently retiring as Executive Director of Sarasota County Middle Schools……..”
Media Release Announcing: RPOS Endorsment[3451]

Sarasota Classified/Teachers Association:SCTA Endorsement
June, 2018
“Having the support of our teachers and staff is incredibly important for the work ahead.  Bringing the focus back to children and safety and security in a fiscally responsible manner is paramount.”

Linda Nook (Retired) Former Principal Riverview High School, Sarasota Middle School and Fruitville Elementary School:

“Karen Rose is an experienced educator with 20 plus years of service to Sarasota County Schools as a teacher, principal & district administrator. She brings an unique level of expertise and insights into the complexity of the Sarasota County School District.  Her priorities have been and will continue to be what is best for our students, teachers, schools, district and community.  Karen Rose has my strongest endorsement for School Board.”  May, 2018

Sharon Marks (Retired) Former Principal of Southside Elementary School:
“I have had the privilege of working with Karen Rose and have personally observed her thoughtful approach to decision-making using knowledge, care and compassion.  Her ability to listen, understand and incorporate the needs of students has been an extraordinary asset to Sarasota County Schools.  Her experiences have prepared her to examine policies and seek appropriate solutions for our district school system and student needs.  I applaud Karen’s decision to continue her service to the educational community that she has helped to form over the years.” May, 2018

Leanne McIntire, Consultant
“I worked with Karen Rose on numerous initiatives in Sarasota County Schools through the past years and I am proud to endorse her as a candidate for School Board.  She offers a breadth of knowledge in education and leadership to the community which will serve our children well.  Please join me in supporting her.”

Paid by Karen Rose, NP, for Sarasota County School Board District 2

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