Hello neighbors and friends!
My name is Lorita "Rita" Daniels. I want 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 schools and the community. Our schools play an 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 healthy 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 have taught at various levels, including technical schools, community colleges and universities. I was even a substitute teacher teaching at the K-12 levels in various states and countries during my husband's military career.
I am also an educator who believes in creating a future and career ready student. 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 vital 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 and continuous collaboration between the schools, parents, teachers, and students. Some of my immediate priorities will include investing in and developing our children and creating business partnerships that help students explore real career options. I also want to retain our quality teachers, encourage parent-informed communication, and increase school 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.
My husband and I have raised three boys through the public education system, which allows everyone 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 several 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 on the board. I look forward to working with you, and I hope to build a long-lasting culture of opportunities for all children.
Thank you for considering me as your Salem District representative for the school board, and I hope that I have your support!
Together, let's prepare for our children's future!
We must ensure that schools are preparing students to connect their educational experiences to careers in the 21st century economy. To do this, we must foster relationships with our community businesses. We must create multiple pathways and make career planning tools available to all students regardless of their intellectual and learning capabilities. It's time to invest in our students and support our counselors!
We must ensure that our children are valued and given opportunities to be creative by encouraging 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. This not only helps our students succeed in school but also prepares them for their future. It's time to develop our students!
We must ensure that our teachers are supported in the classroom and that their voices are being heard. They must have access to professional development opportunities that helps them grow professionally. Our teachers deserve to be fairly compensated for the job that they do. Because we are facing teacher shortages all over the U.S, we must continue to find innovative ways to attract quality teachers and to encourage people to become teachers. It's time to attract quality teachers!
We must 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 a crisis at the school, they may take actions that may hinder responses. We must work together, the school board, the superintendent, and the local law enforcement, to come up with practical and common-sense solutions that keep our children safe and our parents informed.
PhD, Public Administration and Policy
Master of Public Administration
Bachelor of Fine Arts
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