Dr. John Sitka, a resident of the Norfolk Community since 1979, is no stranger to adversity, poverty, and a life without a guiding father figure. Growing up as the oldest of eight siblings, with four sisters and three brothers, he understands the challenges working families face in the 93rd district of Norfolk.
Having experienced the hardships firsthand, Dr. Sitka is driven by empathy, creativity, and critical thinking to break barriers and build a better future for not just himself and his family, but for all working families in the district. His journey has been one of resilience and determination, as he served in the Navy from 1974, teaching adult education as part of his service duties. After retiring as Chief Quartermaster in 1994, he embarked on a new career as a merchant mariner.
Throughout his career, Dr. Sitka has also been deeply involved in education. From 2004 to 2019, he taught in the Maritime Education field, both in commercial and community college settings. His commitment to education extends beyond the classroom, as he currently serves on the Advisory Board to the Young Mariners Career Foundation. This foundation provides funding and educational opportunities for workers affected by the maritime industry, helping them pursue careers in the maritime and lifesaving trades.
Dr. Sitka's educational journey has been one of continuous growth and dedication. He holds a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. These qualifications, combined with his personal experiences, equip him with the empathy and understanding needed to address the diverse needs of the 93rd district.
With a deep-rooted passion for breaking barriers and building a future that uplifts all, Dr. John Sitka is committed to serving the community and advocating for positive change. His empathy, creativity, and critical thinking will guide him in his mission to create a better tomorrow for the working families of the 93rd district in Norfolk.