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District Announces 2022 School-Related Employees of the Year

Sarasota County, FL, May 26, 2022 – Sarasota County Schools is proud to announce that Jamal Guiler has been selected as the district’s overall 2022 School-Related Employee of the Year! Mr. Guiler has been with the district for five years and serves as a System Administrator within the school district’s Information Technology (IT) department.

Described by his peers as a “dedicated” professional and a “go-to person” for many departments, Mr. Guiler personifies the passion, resilience, and grit it takes to deliver exceptional service to our thousands of students, teachers, and staff members daily. His work is crucial to supporting and maximizing the efficiency of the systems within the instructional portion of our IT department, which directly services our schools. Mr. Guiler has made a tremendous impact from his first day onward due to his industry talents, conscientiousness, and servant leadership workstyle. As the award recipient for Sarasota County, Mr. Guiler received a $1,000 check and is eligible for the overall State-level recognition, which should be announced later this summer.

Mr. Guiler and all the school-based winners were recently recognized in an annual luncheon held at Michael’s on East. The in-person event was highly anticipated as it had been held virtually for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Please join us in congratulating all of our 2022 School-Related Employees of the Year: 


Nominee Name


Nancy Mavrikas

Alta Vista Elementary School

Lisa Stephenson

Ashton Elementary School

Alicia Palumbo

Atwater Elementary School

John F Pollard

Bay Haven School of Basics Plus

Cheryl Chestnut

Booker High School

Jennifer Durrstein

Booker Middle School

Bethany Smith

Brentwood Elementary School

Laura Studebaker

Brookside Middle School

Adam McCune

Communications & Community Relations

Annie Monclova

Cranberry Elementary School

Lakedra Barber

Elementary Curriculum

Michael Austin

Emma E. Booker Elementary School

Stacy Onken

Englewood Elementary School

Chad Brogdon

Facilities Services

Deanna Lawton

Financial Services

Sophia Dunnigan

Food and Nutrition Services

Paulette Sciacca

Fruitville Elementary School

Kelly Cockrill

Garden Elementary School

Katie Weber

Glenallen Elementary School

Perla Orduno

Gocio Elementary School

Heather Fassett

Gulf Gate Elementary School

Gwen Booher

Heron Creek Middle School

Heather Walsh

Human Resources

Jamal Guiler

Information Technology

Nancy Rogers

Lakeview Elementary School

Suzi Shepherd

Lamarque Elementary School

Vittorio Bagnardi

Laurel Nokomis School

James Feichter

Materials Management

Heather Lutz-Silver

McIntosh Middle School

Diane Jorge

North Port High School

Heather McBride

Oak Park School

Nikki Huver

Phillippi Shores Elementary School

Joel Fuentes

Pine View School

Katie Graber

ESE Support Services

Stacy Lahdenpera

Riverview High School

Marvin Miller

Safety & Security

Jennifer Mikulski

Sarasota High School

Kathy Zuczek

Sarasota Middle School

Trish Faulkner

Southside Elementary School

Laura Ahumada-Aguilar

Student Services

Rick Contarino

Suncoast Polytechnical High School

Sara Bejar

Suncoast Technical College

Kathy Quigley

Tatum Ridge Elementary School

Linda Ortner

Taylor Ranch Elementary School

Cecili Baldauf

Toledo Blade Elementary School

Brian Buchanan


Danni Rogers


Darwin Lozano

Tuttle Elementary School

Cheryl Osada

Venice Elementary School

Christine Pomerleau

Venice High School

Angie Volta

Venice Middle School

Julia Ely

Wilkinson Elementary School

Jemile Robinson

Woodland Middle School


The Florida Department of Education’s School-Related Employee of the Year program annually recognizes outstanding education support personnel for the significant contributions they make to their schools and district school systems. The program honors one state representative and four finalists from the 67 school districts in Florida. All non-certified, non-instructional educational support personnel who serve at the school or district level — such as teacher aides, library aides, bookkeepers, secretaries and clerks, bus drivers, food service staff and custodians, among others — may be nominated. Nominees may be full or part-time employees.

Sarasota County Schools’ School-Related Employee of the Year program is made possible through the funding and support of many generous sponsors. These organizations are committed to the belief that rewarding and encouraging excellence in service is vital to a strong and successful educational system. We appreciate their continued commitment to our school communities! Please join us in thanking the following sponsors:


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 55 schools that expertly cater to the diverse needs of all our 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. Working as one, 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 



Mr. Jamal Guiler & Dr. Brennan Asplen

SCS 2022 SREOY - Mr. Jamal Guiler & Dr. Brennan Asplen

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