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Brookside Middle Principal Honored Among 2021 40 Gators Under 40

Article from the University of Florida Alumni Association

April 9, 2021

Since 2006, the University of Florida has honored Outstanding Young Alumni whose achievements positively impact The Gator Nation®. 40 Gators Under 40 will continue the tradition of honoring Gators who are going greater in their communities and professions.

“Ryan Chase is a first-generation college graduate who harnessed the inspiration from his teachers in school to help him realize that dream to be that same inspirational figure in the lives of others. After graduating cum laude from UF, Ryan taught history and helped found the AVID program at his school, providing access to advanced coursework to historically underserved populations. Hoping to help implement even greater change, Ryan has spent the last nine years as a middle and high school assistant principal and was just named the principal at Brookside Middle School in Sarasota, FL.

Throughout his career, Ryan has built teams of teachers and support staff to help implement ideas and policies that have improved five schools’ achievement scores including three schools that improved to be ‘A’ rated schools. Between 2017-2020, Ryan oversaw three consecutive years of the highest ever percent of students graduating at Sarasota High School in the 105-year history of the school. During that same time period, students graduating with College & Career acceleration also broke records, further providing more access for all students to open their possibilities after graduation. These achievements contribute to changing the trajectory of an entire generation and sending many students to be part of the Gator Nation!

Ryan, his wife Madeline, a fellow UF graduate who he met while at UF, and his two children live in Sarasota, Florida. Ryan serves as the president of the Sarasota County Gator Club® and enjoys training for the next marathon and advocating for Autism acceptance for people like his son in our community.”