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Sarasota County Schools Announces 2021 Principal of the Year and 2021 Assistant Principal of the Year

SARASOTA COUNTY, December 9, 2020 – Sarasota County Schools is pleased to announce that Sarasota High School’s David Jones has been selected as the district’s 2021 Principal of the Year, and McIntosh Middle School’s McHenry Lerebours has been selected as the district’s 2021 Assistant Principal of the Year.

“I am truly humbled to receive this award,” said Jones. “Sarasota High School has amazing teachers and staff members. Together we have transformed Sarasota High School into a place where opportunity abounds, academics thrive, and students graduate equipped to flourish in a complex world. I have worked in four different school districts throughout my career as an educator, and Sarasota County stands out. We receive tremendous support from our district administration and our community – it’s an honor to serve our students and their families. I believe that learning is the greatest opportunity and gift we have been given. Education has been central to my own success, and I want nothing more than for each student in my care to build his or her dreams on this same foundation. I feel blessed to lead such a fantastic school and look forward to seeing countless success stories unfold for our Sailors in the months to come.”

Mr. David Jones has been an educator for 30 years. Mr. Jones received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from Colorado State University and a Master’s Degree in Computers and Technology in Education from Lesley University, 44 quarter units of which were completed at Fuller Theological Seminary. He also has a Secondary Teaching Credential in Mathematics from California State University and completed the University of Colorado Denver’s Professional Administrative Licensure and Leadership Program. Before assuming his role as Principal of Sarasota High School, Mr. Jones served as the Principal of both North Port High School and McIntosh Middle School, as well as an Assistant Principal and a Mathematics Teacher at Sarasota High. He has also served as a Kagan National Trainer with Kagan Publishing & Professional Development, an Adjunct Professor with Adams State University, a Teacher at Emily Griffith Technical College, a Teacher at the Gilliam Youth Services Center, a teacher at Cresthill Middle School, a teacher at Sylmar High School, and an Entrepreneur & Professional School Assembly Performer with his own company, Impact Illusions, among other roles. Mr. Jones’ additional certifications and achievements include receiving the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education while at Sylmar High School, receiving the Outstanding Teacher Designation from Douglas County Schools, and being a long-standing member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, to name a few.

“It is a genuine privilege to be recognized as the Assistant Principal of the Year,” noted Lerebours. “It’s been an honor to serve McIntosh Middle’s students and their families. I feel blessed to work alongside such a dynamic, school-based team – every day I’m reminded of what a joy it is to be a part of the McIntosh family. I’m grateful to Dr. Harriet Moore for her leadership, encouragement, and friendship. Education is a calling that each one of us should heed and embrace. I feel fortunate to work in a district that prioritizes positive outcomes and innovative strategies to support its students. McIntosh’s students, teachers, and staff members have accomplished so much already this year, and I am humbled to be a part of their stories and support their efforts.”

Mr. McHenry Lerebours has been an educator for over 15 years. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Florida A & M University and has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida. Before assuming his role as Assistant Principal at McIntosh Middle School, Mr. Lerebours served as an Assistant Principal at East Bay High School, where he designed and implemented continuous improvement programs focused on increasing academic achievement levels, reducing disciplinary incidents, improving teacher capabilities, and encouraging parental and community involvement. He has previously served as a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support District Coordinator for Hillsborough County Public Schools, a Teacher at Progress Village Middle Magnet School of the Arts, and a Teacher for Miami Dade County Public Schools. Mr. Lerebours’ additional certifications and achievements include completion of the Future Leaders Academy, designation as a Master Trainer, being named Social Studies Teacher of the Year, and completion of the Assistant Principal Induction Program for Hillsborough County Public Schools, among others.

Mr. David Jones and Mr. McHenry Lerebours are now in the running for Principal of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year, respectively, at the state level. The Florida Department of Education’s (FLDOE) Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership (Principal of the Year) was established in 1988 to recognize Florida principals for their contributions to their schools and communities. FLDOE’s Outstanding Assistant Principal Achievement Award (Assistant Principal of the Year) was established in 1997 to honor assistant principals that have utilized teamwork and leadership to increase student achievement and greatly improved school environments. FLDOE Commissioner of Education, Richard Corcoran, will announce three state-level finalists for each award this coming spring. The finalist for each award will be revealed in the coming summer.

Sarasota County Schools has received two prior Florida Principal of the Year awards. Alta Vista Elementary School’s Dr. Barbara Shirley received the honor in 2014, and Booker High School’s Dr. Rachel Shelley received the honor in 2017.


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 54 schools that expertly cater to the diverse needs of over 43,500 students. We are one of two Florida school districts to consistently earn an A-grade every year since 2004 and have been awarded the Mid-Sized School District of the Year by the University of Cambridge. 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