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District Announces New Principal of Lamarque Elementary School

District Announces New Principal of Lamarque Elementary School


Sarasota County, FL, December 13, 2023 – Sarasota County Schools is pleased to announce that Ms. Natasha Forbus has been selected to serve as the next Principal of Lamarque Elementary School. She will be starting her new role on Monday, January 8.


“Natasha is well-versed in teaching and learning best practices and methodologies that will drive student success,” commented Rachael O'Dea, Deputy Superintendent, Chief Academic Officer. “Coupled with her extensive experience building up school communities and refining school teams through professional learning, we are confident she will continue to help Lamarque Elementary achieve great things in the years ahead.”


“Natasha has a proven record of increasing student achievement and fostering a sense of community among her various stakeholders” noted Jennifer Mainelli, Chief, Elementary Schools. “She is adept at analyzing academic data and utilizing resources to provide for the needs of students and staff, ensuring that the collaborative spirit of Lamarque will continue to deepen and grow stronger.”


“I am honored to serve as the next Principal of Lamarque Elementary School,” said Forbus. “I look forward to getting to know all of the wonderful teachers, staff members, students, families, volunteers, and community members that make up the unique fabric of the Lamarque extended family. Go Lions!”


Ms. Natasha Forbus holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Gerontology from the University of South Florida and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida. Prior to assuming her new role as the Principal of Lamarque Elementary School, Forbus served as the Assistant Principal of Curriculum at Port Charlotte High School (Port Charlotte, FL). She has also served as the Assistant Principal of Kingsway Elementary School (Port Charlotte, FL), a Lead Teacher at East Elementary School (Punta Gorda, FL), and a Grade 1 Teacher at Meadow Park Elementary School (Port Charlotte, FL). She has additionally served as a Behavior Specialist at Meadow Park Elementary School and a K-5 Varying Exceptionalities (VE) Teacher at Charlotte Harbor Center (Port Charlotte, FL).



About Sarasota County Schools

Sarasota County Schools is committed to providing unrivaled academic, developmental, and civic growth to every student, every day. Our schools offer a variety of engaging programs and rigorous learning pathways to 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. Sarasota County Schools’ dedicated educators empower students to take charge of their academic and personal success, a practice we believe fosters lifelong growth and achievement. Our schools 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? Learn more by connecting with us on social media (@sarasotaschools on Facebook, Instagram, X, YouTube, and LinkedIn) or visiting


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