Hello neighbors and friends!
My name is Lorita "Rita" Daniels. I would like to be your Salem District representative on the Spotsylvania County School Board. As your representative, I hope to be an important connection between you, the parent and the teacher, and our schools. We all benefit when our children are actively engaged in the schools and in the community. Our schools play a integral role in creating a safe and positive school climate for our children. Excellent schools and community investments in our children are both critical components in building a strong and vibrant community.
For more than 20 years I have been involved in schools serving in the capacity as PTO/PTA president and vice president, secretary, and treasurer, as well as local and state governments as an appointed officer and a committed community advocate and volunteer. I am also an educator who believes in creating a future-ready child. I want to help our students achieve the maximum return on their educational investment. After my son was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3, I realized that it was even more important for me to become more involved at the school board level because I can bring a parent's point of view to the board and speak from two different educational perspectives, from the general education to now, special needs education. I want to advocate for all children regardless of their emotional, intellectual, physical and social capability.
As a board member, I would encourage local involvement from community partners, good communication and continuous collaboration between the schools, parents, teachers, and students. My immediate priorities will include investing in and developing our children, creating business partnerships that helps students explore real career options, retaining quality teacher recruitment and retention, encouraging parent-informed communication, and increasing transparency. I will work to find common ground on policies that prepare students for success in college or a career. Our schools provide students with varied educational opportunities and services and I want to ensure that our children continue to have the support and resources that they need to thrive in a safe, nurturing and learning environment. I look forward to working with you and I hope to build a long lasting culture of opportunities for all children.
My husband and I raised three boys through the public education system, which affords everyone an opportunity to receive a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). It is an educational right of all children in the United States. Throughout the years, I have enjoyed working with a number of teachers, staff, administrators, and volunteers. As a future board member, I hope to ensure accountability and board stewardship. I want to listen to you and respect your opinions in my decision-making duties of the board. Thank you for considering me as your salem district representative for the school board and I hope that I have your support!
Preparing for Our Children's Future!
I would ensure that schools are preparing students to connect their educational experiences to careers. I want to create multiple pathways and make career planning tools available to all students regardless of their intellectual and learning ability. I would foster business and education collaboration to ensure that we are preparing our students for a 21st century economy and supporting them in their career and educational choices. It's time to invest in our students and support our counselors!
I would work to ensure that our children are valued and given opportunities to be creative. I would encourage our schools to help our students tell their stories in a way that could easily be shared with professionals making important decisions about their future. Spotsylvania County School district has implemented Project Based Learning in all our schools so that our students can be problem solvers, critical thinkers, communicators and team players. This not only helps our students succeed in school, but also prepares them for their future. It's time to develop our students!
I would ensure that our teachers are supported in the classroom, included in decisions, and have professional development opportunities to continue to grow professionally. Our teachers deserve to be fairly compensated for the job that they do. I want to join with our teachers as we create the world's most prepared student. Because we are facing teacher shortages all of the country, we should continue to work on finding ways to attract quality teachers and encourage people to become teachers. It's time to attract quality teachers!
I will work to ensure that parents and guardians are informed about what to do and what not to do during a school emergency. If parents/guardians are unaware of how they can support an emergency at the school, they may take actions that may hinder responses. I will work with the Board of Education, the superintendent and local law enforcement to evaluate effective and common sense solutions that keep our children safe and our parents informed.
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