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Amazing Suncoast Woman: Lori White

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Lori White has been superintendent of Sarasota county schools since 2008. She moved to Sarasota when she was six-years old. She started school at Alta Vista Elementary school and graduated from Pine View.

"My dad had been in the air force," says White. "He retired early to join his father and brother to start a business here."

White says she always wanted to be a teacher. After graduating from Florida State University, she married the boy down the street.

"We weren't dating until I went to college. Then we started writing letters, fell in love and I came back here to marry him and I have been married to my husband for 39 years."

They have two children and three grandchildren. She taught at Ashton Elementary School.

Oh it was wonderful," says White. "I worked with students who had challenges and I always felt like there was a key for every student."

She led the district through some very tough financial years by getting the community to help.

"We are working together and collaborating; whether, it's to feed children in the summer or to get more children on grade level."

White is excited about her approaching retirement.

"I hope to be able to do some volunteering in the class room. I love teaching."

And her life lesson?

"The greatest accomplishments are not done alone. What we need in this society is to listen respectfully, learn from each other and find ways that we can use that energy to do great things."