A newly retired teacher from Denham Springs says she plans to run for the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Elizabeth “Beth” Meyers, who retired from teaching on May 21 after 20 years in the classroom, is seeking the District 6 post held by Chas Roemer, of Baton Rouge.

Roemer said Friday he will decide whether to seek a second term in the next 10 days or so.

The state’s top school board sets policies for an estimated 668,000 public school students statewide.

Eight of the panel’s 11 members will be elected from single-member districts on Oct. 22.

Three others are named by the governor.

Meyers, 48, said her work experience in the public and private sector gives her a unique perspective on education. “I want to make the educational system better,” she said.

“I just want to be part of the movement forward in this state,” Meyers said. “It is important to me.”

She said she plans to spend $5,000 to $10,000 on the race.

Meyers, a Republican, taught in junior and high school classrooms for two decades in Livingston Parish.

She has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from LSU, a master’s degree in educational technology and she earned her national certification in 2006.

Meyers said she is working on her doctoral degree from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Meyers said she worked for eight years in private business before returning to school in 1987 to pursue her education degree.

She has been married for 30 years. Meyers and her husband, Eric, have four children.