The Honorable Lori Hershey is a champion for students and public education. Leading for over two decades, on School Advisory Councils, Booster Boards, PTSA Boards, Strings on the River and DCPS School Safety and Security Advisory Committee. Making a difference for children has been central to her multi-faceted career as she has worked with non- profit organizations like Communities in Schools and The Jacksonville Children’s Commission. Ms. Hershey is an educator at heart and a former middle school teacher who is certified in Critical Thinking Strategies and Instructional Design by the National Institute for Teaching Thinking. Ms. Hershey values opportunities for students to participate in fitness. She has written grants to support run/walk programs for students in Duval and Clay Counties which impacts 18,000 students annually. Ms. Hershey received the Judges Choice Award in 2014 for grant writing. A licensed real estate agent since 2001. Her license is currently with Watson Referral Realty. During her first year on the board Ms. Hershey earned over 50 of the 96 hours of professional development required to become a certified board member. She has been recognized as an Emerging Leader by the Florida School Board Association. Ms. Hershey is a leader with the Florida School Board Association serving on the Federal Relations Network Subcommittee, Finance Committee, and is the Board Legislative Committee and the Board of Directors. Ms. Hershey’s commitment to public education extends to the national level where she serves on the Board of Directors for the Council of Great City Schools. A graduate of Stetson University Ms. Hershey is a true lifelong learner. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and is currently working on her Doctoral degree through Grand Canyon University. Ms. Hershey lives in Mandarin with her husband Scott. All four of their children are graduates of Duval County Public Schools.