Elizabeth Andersen is a former Duval County Public Schools educator, current small business owner, mental health counselor, wife and mother. Andersen obtained her bachelor of arts degree in English with a concentration in Psychology from the University of Florida. After graduation, in search of a meaningful and fulfilling career path, she decided to become an educator. She was first elected to the Duval County School Board in 2018.
Keesha is an experienced educator, a dedicated community advocate, a proven leader, and a loving parent to three children currently attending Pinellas County Schools. Dr. Benson received both her PhD in Social Work & MSW from the University of North Carolina. She also holds an MBA and BS in Business Administration from Florida A&M University. Born and raised in St. Pete, Keesha attended Pinellas County Schools for K-12.
A graduate of the Alachua County Public School System, Tina earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and was Certified Management Accounting certification. She has extensive professional accounting and financial analysis experience in government and the private sector. Tina was first elected in 2018, where she's served as Vice-Chair since 2020. She was recently elected as President-Elect of the Florida School Board Association.
A lifelong resident of St. Petersburg, Caprice is a proud graduate of Gibbs High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Elementary Education with English for Speakers of Other Languages endorsement, Master of Educational Leadership, and Certification in Infant Family Mental Health from the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. Caprice was first elected to the school board in 2020.
Sarah served as a science teacher for more than 33 years and has long advocated for public education, having served as a Florida School Board Association Certified Board Member. She has assumed many leadership positions and chaired working committees. Sarah received her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida. She was first elected to the school board in 2018, and looks forward to continuing to serve her consituents.
Brian believes in a strong public education system where all students regardless of race, socioeconomic status, disability, gender, or identity can achieve success in a safe and welcoming environment. Instead of further driving our teaching and support professionals away, our community and its leaders need to rally behind them to keep them in the jobs they love by ensuring they have the resources they need to be successful.
Karen's experience as a Latina, single parent, survivor of domestic abuse and her difficult childhood help her better understand those who face similar challenges. With the additional burden of COVID-19, she has been a fighting force in securing funding for mental health services, community resources, counseling and psychologists. Karen, who ensures limited resources reach classrooms, was first elected in 2018.
Sue is a retired pediatrician, mother of two public school children and one of South Florida’s leading advocates for public education. In 2015, Sue co-founded an education advocacy blog, Accountabaloney, highlighting flaws in Florida’s education policies and accountability system. She's been honored to serve on the Monroe County School Board, representing District 5 in the fabulous Florida Keys.