Orange County School Board candidate Johanna López, a Colonial High School teacher, has received an endorsement from the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association in the District 2 contest.

“We are pleased to endorse Johanna Lopez in her run for the Orange County District 2 School Board seat. Johanna is not just a well-respected, award-winning teacher, but is a tireless advocate for students and public education,” OCCTA President Wendy Doromal stated in a news release issued Tuesday by López’s campaign.

López is one of seven candidates now in the Orange County School Board District race seeking to succeed Daryl Flynn in southeast Orange County. Last week Eric Martin of Orlando entered the field, joining López, Sara Au, Jacqueline Centeno, Chadwick Hardee, David Grimm, and Demetrius Smith. Grimm also is a teacher.

In the release, López stated, “this past year, Florida teachers’ unions have been on the receiving end of a political attack from our state legislature. At the local level, we also have critical problems ranging from teacher recruitment and retention to an outdated evaluation system and even the lack of classroom autonomy, among others. My own experience as a lifelong teacher has prepared me to tackle the increasing challenges that our educators are facing. As a School Board member, I will fight to ensure that teachers across our county are well-represented on every single issue. I am extremely honored to have the support and endorsement of the OCCTA during this election. It’s time to elect strong-willed teachers to the School Board!”

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