Karen Almond, School Board Member
With a heart for serving this community, Karen Almond has been a community and education advocate for more than 21 years. She has dedicated thousands of volunteer hours within the school system, the City of Casselberry, Seminole County, and grassroots political campaigns - helping to elect others who serve and support the needs and best interests of our students and community. Almond has been a Seminole County Public Schools Dividend/Volunteer since 1989 with experience as a Take Stock in Students Mentor, as a PTA President and a School Advisory Council Chairman. She also served on the District Governor’s Jr. All Star Selection Committee, District School Improvement Review Committee; Dividend of the Year Selection Committee (2004 to present), and SCPS Best Practices/Vision Quest Team.
Almond was elected to serve her first term on the Seminole County School Board in 2010. She has been a Seminole County resident since 1970. Almond, her husband, Randy, and their three children attended Seminole County Public Schools. She is a proud graduate of Lyman High School.
Almond received the following recognitions and honors: 2001 - Casselberry Police Department Citizen of the Year; 2003 - Seminole County Public Schools Dividend/Volunteer of the year, with 6,000+ hours of service; 2004 - United Way Community Impact Leader of the Year nominee; 2004 Outstanding School Volunteer - Florida Dept. of Education and Nomination for Women of Distinction by Girl Scouts Citrus Council.
Almond is an active member of the Casselberry Chamber of Commerce, the Central Florida Public School Boards Coalition, ePathways Steering Committee, Seminole Economic Development Education Network, Community Alliance, United Negro College Fund, Private Business Association of Seminole, SCPS Business Advisory Board, SCPS Facilities Planning Committee, Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools (Gift for Teaching, Young Men of Excellence, Sports 4 the Kids, and Helpful Hands programs) and The Children’s Cabinet. She is a Florida School Board Association Certified School Board Member and the FSBA Assessment Task Force Chairman. Almond is a Leadership Seminole Graduate, Class 21, whose Legacy Project is the dental clinic at Harvest Time International.
She has served on the Environmental Studies Center Committee, the Healthy Start Board of Directors and the Seminole County Public Schools Foundation’s Grant for Great Ideas images/almond.jpg Committee. Since 2003, Almond has served on Congressman John L. Mica’s Congressional District Air Force Academy Selection Committee. She is an active Member of Rotary Club of Seminole County South. In 2009, the Rotary named Almond a Paul Harris Fellow for her humanitarian service.
Almond’s past service includes many committees for the City of Casselberry: Occupational License Review Board, Local Law Enforcement Block Grant Advisory Committee, Citizen’s Assessment Committee – Police Chief Selection 2001, Chairman Parks & Recreation Special Events Advisory Committee. She also served as a Seminole County Representative on the Metro Plan Orlando Citizens Advisory Council for three years.
Almond supports the Florida Hospital Foundation, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Eat), the Down’s Syndrome Association of Central Florida, and SafeHouse of Seminole. She is an active member of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church and the Council of Catholic Women.
Almond continues to build and strengthen relationships within the community and school district. She supports initiatives that provide opportunities for all students.