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Putting Children First

Putting Children First

Pinellas County School Board member Carol Cook is a remarkable advocate for children and education. Mrs. Cook was awarded the Juvenile Welfare Board’s Dillinger-McCabe “Putting Children First” Leadership Award, one of the highest honors in Pinellas County.

Each year, the award is presented to a well-established leader and champion for Pinellas County children and families. The award recognizes individuals who have consistently demonstrated leadership, excellence, advocacy and dedication.

Mrs. Cook’s commitment to children and education spans five decades. She has served on the School Board since November 2000, but actively supported education well before she was elected. She was an elementary school teacher from 1973-1980. She was also a dedicated PTA member and leader at her child’s school and eventually served as the president of the Pinellas County Council of PTAs. She then moved into a statewide leadership position as a member of the Florida PTA Board of Directors for nine years.

Mrs. Cook is not just an incredible advocate; she is a valued leader, a trusted partner, and a former Board of Directors member for Pinellas Education Foundation. Thank you for your dedication to students, their families and public education.

To learn more about Mrs. Cook’s dedication to students, visit the PCS Newsroom.