Liz Barker

Liz Barker

School Board, District 2, Sarasota County, FL

2024 Endorsement

Liz is a dedicated advocate for our public schools, prioritizing the success of the school system in Sarasota County. As a mother of four young children currently enrolled in the Sarasota County Public Schools, Liz has a personal and vested interest in seeing the system thrive.

Her career as a school psychologist equips her with the knowledge and expertise to implement data-driven interventions and supports that bridge the achievement gap and foster student achievement. Going beyond her professional experience, Liz actively contributes to the education community by volunteering in classrooms, serving as the PTO president, and participating in the School Advisory Committee. She attends school board meetings to advocate for the best interests of staff, students, and families alike.

Liz understands the significance of safeguarding public schools from any disruption or division that may hinder the shared goal of student success. She firmly believes that all students deserve a fact-based, high-quality education in a safe and inclusive environment, with access to a wide range of educational resources. Equally important, Liz recognizes the importance of creating a supportive climate for teachers to teach fearlessly, honoring their professionalism.

If elected, Liz will leverage her experience to build community consensus and explore innovative approaches to address teacher retention. She is committed to preserving the dignity and respect of all students and families, ensuring that their voices are heard. With Liz on the School Board, the interests of parents with children in public schools will be represented, guaranteeing a well-rounded perspective and a commitment to excellence in education.