Mother of five, community leader and education advocate, Lila Anna Sauls entered the race for school board in Richland School District One Thursday.
As Chief Executive Officer of Homeless No More, a nonprofit based in Columbia, Lila Anna oversees an ambitious plan that seeks to eliminate family homelessness in the Midlands.
“As an advocate for homeless and at-risk children and the parent of five boys, I’ve spent years working with Richland One,” Sauls says. “I am ready to work for all students, all teachers, and all schools – by listening, by serving as a voice and by bringing people together, ” Sauls said.
Sauls currently works in district schools through the McKinney-Vento programs for homeless children, and outside of that as a volunteer with other at-risk students. Through the University of South Carolina’s continuing education programs, she has worked closely with teachers to ensure they are armed with the information and support they need to help those children succeed.
Sauls and her team created an after-school and summer camp curriculum for low income children that battled the “summer slide.” This curriculum serves as a model for other nonprofits across the United States.
Sauls advocates for children on local, state and national levels. She worked at the district level on the creation of the Montessori middle school located at W.G. Sanders. She has served on the School Improvement Council and PTO committees at both Brockman Elementary and Crayton Middle School. She is a founding member of the award winning Health and Wellness Committee at Brockman.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Sauls also holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Change and Leadership from Columbia College. She is a 2015 fellow of the Blue Ridge Institute, a recipient of the Carolina Academy Alumni Award, a TWIN Honoree of the Palmetto Center for Women, and Renaissance Foundation honoree for servant leaders.
Lila Anna and her husband, Brad, are the parents of five boys who are students at Brockman Elementary, Crayton Middle and AC Flora High School in Richland One.
For more information visit: www.votelilaanna.com
Filing for the District One School Board race remains open until Monday. Election officials were unable to confirm whether anyone else had filed as of Thursday afternoon.