Michael Travis Daniels, Orlando campus director for Nova Southeastern University, has entered the election contest for Orange County School Board for the District 3 seat.

Daniels, 45, aims to take on incumbent School Board Member Linda Kobert and two other candidates seeking to represent south-central Orange County. Kobert is currently vice chair of the board. The other candidates in the race are Richard Victor and Jessica Torrence. All four are of Orlando.

Daniels is married to an Orange County Public Schools elementary school teacher, Jennifer Daniels, and they have two children in Freedom High School.

He has 20 years experience working in higher education, including a stint working for Walt Disney World’s college program. He said he has been involved in numerous education organizations as a volunteer, including work with PTAs, teach-ins, mentoring, at Orange Technical College, and volunteering as an assistant softball coach.

He’d like to see Orange County schools provide more longterm guidance to students, as early as in elementary school, preparing them to understand and think about their education and career options early.

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