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USF College of Education Announces Recipients of 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards

from the USF College of Education

TAMPA, Fla. (May 7, 2021) — The University of South Florida (USF) College of Education is proud to announce the recipients of the College’s 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Each year, the College of Education presents our Distinguished Alumni Awards to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of our graduates. Recipients are selected by a committee of College of Education faculty, staff and administrators from nominations submitted by the USF community.


LaShawn Frost, MEd `04

Spirit of Partnership Alumni Award

The Spirit of Partnership Alumni Award is presented to an individual who has gone “above and beyond” in their service to the College of Education, and who the College of Education expresses deep appreciation for as someone who has created and sustained partnerships within both the community and the College to help achieve its mission.

LaShawn Frost graduated from USF in 2004 with a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership. Today, she serves as principal of Booker Middle School in Sarasota, Fla., where she has worked since 2011. Before becoming principal, LaShawn served as an assistant principal at both Booker Middle School and Venice High School.

As a collaborative partner of the university and the College of Education, Frost works with the Florida Center for Partnerships in Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT) at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus and coaches USF interns who complete their field experiences at Booker Middle School. While principal, she has maintained a personal goal of hiring at least one USF intern a year to join the faculty at Booker.

In addition to her master’s degree from USF, Frost earned two bachelor’s degrees from Florida State University, a master’s degree in counseling from Norwich University and a doctorate in counseling and leadership from Cornerstone University.

Frost has received many awards throughout her career. In 2019, she was selected as the 2019 Principal of the Year for Sarasota County Schools. She also received the Freedom Education Award from the NAACP, the Outstanding Educator Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Community Leader Award from Rotary Club of Sarasota, the Community Impact Award from The Junior League of Sarasota, the ‘She Knows Where She’s Going’ Award from Girls Inc. of Sarasota County and the ‘BIZ 941 Women to Follow’ Award from Sarasota Magazine.

Frost is an alumna of the “Art of Leadership” Institute at Harvard University, an immersive educational experience that helped to foster her appreciation for and understanding of the complexities of leading in 21st century schools. She was also the first principal from the school district to serve on the Arts Schools Network board, a nonprofit association that aims to inspire emerging and seasoned leaders in K-16 arts schools by providing quality resources, support, and networking opportunities to elevate their institutions. As a board member, she currently serves as treasurer.



To read the full news release, please click here.

Please click here to read the USF College of Education’s Alumni Spotlight: LaShawn Frost