Highland Elementary Officer

Highland Elementary Officer Promotes a Culture of Safety and Understanding
Posted on 05/14/2019
Officer Horace

Officer Sageny Horace starts his day with greetings and smiles as he opens the gate at Highland Elementary School in Lake Worth.

As an officer of Haitian descent, Horace’s bilingual skills have helped him form a bond with the kids at Highland, a school with a large Haitian population.

“Speaking Haitian Creole helps me communicate better with the kids who are new to the school from Haiti,” Horace said. “They relate more to me and I can better connect with their parents as well.”

“The safety of students and staff is my first priority,” Horace said . “However, as a parent, I also understand children’s problems and issues and I can bring support, help, and assistance to them on a daily basis,” he added.

Horace came to the United States at the age of 5, and he’s a proud product of the School District of Palm Beach County. He attended Barton Elementary School, Lake Worth Middle School, and Lake Worth Community High School, before graduating from Santaluces Community High School.

“I always wanted to be a police officer,” he said. “I got inspired very early at age 6 when I was walking home from school in Lake Worth, and a police officer once give me a sticker badge.”

He was hired by the Broward Sheriff’s Office in 2005 before coming to work for the School District. He is in his first year at Highland Elementary after working at Palm Beach Lakes Community High, William T. Dwyer High, and Independence Middle.

Certainly, Horace’s focus is on patrolling the school and keeping the campus safe. But he also takes the time to give students treats and snacks throughout the day, and pays close attention to the nuances of interacting with children.

 “They are innocent,” Horace said. “I love working with kids and I understand their maturity level is not the same as an adult so I have to treat them differently.”

 His dedication to ensuring everyone’s safety at the school has earned Horace the admiration of the school’s staff and students. 

“He is amazing,” said Elena Villani, the school’s principal. “He gives treats to the kids. They give him hugs and they love him very much. He is a vital part of our team. I can tell that he takes the position of school police officer to a higher level.”

Office Horace

Officer Horace

The School District of Palm Beach County