Carol J. Cook, Chairperson, was elected to the School Board in 2000 and re-elected in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. Mrs. Cook served as Vice-Chairperson of the Board in 2003-04, 2004-05, 2009-10, 2011-12 and 2017-2019. As Chairperson of the School Board, Mrs. Cook served in 2005-06, 2010-11, 2012-13 and 2013-14 school year. A graduate of the University of South Florida, she taught elementary school in Pinellas County for ten years. Prior to her election, Mrs. Cook served on the Florida PTA Board of Directors for nine years, during which her service included Vice President for Regions and Councils and Vice President for Leadership. Mrs. Cook is a former President of the Pinellas County Council of PTAs. Mrs. Cook serves on the Florida School Boards Association (FSBA) Board of Directors in her role as Chairman of the Board Development Committee. She has also served as Chairman of the Functions and Services Committee, Vice Chairman of Advocacy, and on several task forces for the Florida Department of Education. As the representative of FSBA Mrs. Cook serves on the Florida School Music Association (FSMA) Board of Directors. Florida School Boards Association has awarded Mrs. Cook the Certified Board Member recognition and the Advanced Boardsmanship Certification. The Advanced Boardmanship Certification is a distinction currently held by five other board members in the state. She is currently serving on the MPO School Transportation and Safety Committee and Value Adjustment Board. In addition to her Board responsibilities, she has served on the Partnerships for a Healthier Pinellas Board of Directors and Clothes To Kids Board of Directors. Mrs. Cook has also held several leadership positions in her church from serving on the Finance Committee to Chairman of the Council on Ministries. Mrs. Cook and her husband Ed have lived in Clearwater for more than 35 years. and are the proud parents of two children, and a daughter-in-law, all graduates of Pinellas County Schools.