Nick Guy’s decision to run for Sarasota County School Board was set into motion by the horrific Marjory Stoneman Douglas mass shooting on February 14th. As that tragedy unfolded, Nick became determined to do something to ensure that a catastrophe like Parkland never comes to Sarasota. Nick believes his personal and professional life experiences will help the Sarasota County School Board move forward in the right direction.
Nick grew up in the small, rural community of North Baltimore, Ohio where he developed his tireless work ethic, family values and a strong sense of community. Dreaming of becoming a teacher from an early age, he followed that dream to the University of Toledo where he earned double degrees in adolescent education and history. Upon graduation, he moved to Florida vowing to “never shovel snow again” and secured a teaching position with the Pinellas County School District. At a Pinellas middle school, Nick taught 7thgrade social studies and also worked to integrate technology and creativity into the curriculum. He later left teaching to explore the business side of information technology and software development, leading to his current position as a business analyst for a national heath care company.
In 2009, while at a Tampa Bay Rays game, Nick met his wife Heather, a longtime resident of Sarasota and a graduate of Sarasota High School. Each year, Nick and Heather attend a game near the date of their first encounter and take a picture at the exact spot where Nick said hello to Heather. Over the years, the photo has grown to include their two young daughters, Reese, age 4, and Riley, age 3. Reese will enter Sarasota Public Schools this coming August as a kindergarten student and Riley will enter the following year.
In August 2017, Nick and his family, experienced the trauma of having Riley diagnosed with a rare form of children’s cancer, pleuropulmonary blastoma. Fortunately, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments were successful. It is Riley’s strength and courage that inspired Nick to fight for what he believes in the most—quality education, like quality medical care, is a right for all children and a cornerstone of a community’s success.
Winning a seat on Sarasota’s School Board will give Nick a voice in developing a positive school climate that will provide all students with the character development and academic skills necessary to succeed in their careers, higher education and adult life.