(Oct. 10, 2019)—Dr. Nancy Lawther, a career educator and 2018-19 Miami-Dade County Council PTA/PTSA President, announced her campaign today for Miami-Dade County School Board, District 9. Dr. Lawrence Feldman, who currently holds the seat and has announced he will not run for reelection, is supporting Lawther in the race.
“Few can cite the unique insight that Dr. Nancy Lawther has gained throughout her experience as a parent and community leader,” Feldman said. “With a proven track record of dedication to public service and student advocacy, she understands the needs of our diverse communities and will continue to work to ensure a high quality education and opportunities for all students. She has earned the trust and respect of educational leaders and of the families she has represented through her role as Miami-Dade County PTSA President, and as a legislative liaison advocating for our students in Tallahassee. Nancy is committed to building coalitions among parents, businesses and municipalities to ensure that all students, regardless of zip code, succeed.”
Dr. Lawther, who has lived in District 9 since 1993, holds a doctorate in French from Yale University. She has served on the faculties of both public and private universities, and has also offered classes for adult learners through the University of Miami’s Osher Lifelong Living Institute.
A local PTA member since her son entered kindergarten, Dr. Lawther has also been actively involved in PTA child advocacy efforts at the statewide level. As a member of the Florida PTA Legislation Committee, she has addressed state House and Senate committees on issues ranging from the arming of teachers to career and technical education. Her tenure as County Council PTA President was marked by a nearly 5 percent growth in membership, the designation of six different Miami-Dade schools as National PTA Schools of Excellence, and the recognition of two Miami-Dade students as National PTA Reflections winners.
Dr. Lawther has previously served on the boards of The Children’s Trust, the Foundation for New Education Initiatives, Inc., and Citizens’ Coalition for Public Schools, as well as on numerous Miami-Dade County Public Schools advisory committees. Earlier this year she was named as one of 50 Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald/Bradenton Herald 2019 Florida Influencers.
“Our system of public education, long the cornerstone of our democracy, is under threat, and as a parent, lifelong educator, and proven PTA leader, I rise to the challenge of defending its value to our children and to our nation,” Dr. Lawther said. “It is imperative that we act both boldly and wisely to maximize opportunities for all students, keep our schools safe, and respect and reward all those who give their heart and soul in service to our children’s education.”