Former teacher and PTO president Lorita “Rita” Daniels has announced plans to run for the Salem District seat on the Spotsylvania County School Board this fall.

Daniels, who taught in Texas and was a substitute teacher in Spotsylvania, is now pursing a Ph.D. in public administration and policy. She also served as the Parent Teacher Organization president of Spotsylvania Middle School and on the Parent Advisory Committee for the School Board and is on the board of directors for the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Daniels said her priorities are making sure all students have the opportunity to reach their full potential, recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers and funding education “as if our future depends on it, because today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce.”

Daniels is married to a retired Air Force officer and has three sons, one of whom graduated from the Spotsylvania school system and a third who is in kindergarten now. She is seeking to fill the seat now held by Bill Blaine, who is not seeking re-election.

Daniels said her work as a substitute teacher during her husband’s military career gave her a passion for public education and showed her the importance of good teachers and parental involvement.

“I learned that every child has the potential to fulfill his or her dream,” she said in a news release announcing her candidacy. “Whether their dream includes going into the workforce, picking up a trade, attending a college or a technical school, or enlisting in the military, they should be encouraged and supported.”

This article has been updated to correct the type of degree that Daniels is seeking and how many of her sons attend or attended Spotsylvania schools. 

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