Ritz, a Democrat who is running against Republican incumbent Tony Bennett, paid her first visit to Brazil Thursday during the Clay County Democrat "Block Party," which took place at the Clay County Courthouse.
While there, Ritz told the Democrats she has been in touch with several educators who are throwing their support behind her.
"(Educators) are telling everyone," Ritz said. "This truly is about what we truly want to see for our children."
Ritz has taught in public schools for 33 years, at the elementary, junior high and high school level.
She is still a teacher in the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township, Indianapolis.
Since throwing her hat in the ring, Ritz said the campaign has been "exciting."
"I really have a broad base of supporters," she said.
While speaking with Clay County Democrats Thursday, Ritz explained her stances on several topics.
She said teachers have been "teaching to the test," in reference to the annual Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus testing students are required to take.
"That's why this race is important," she told those in attendance Thursday, most of whom were teachers.
Ritz said she was against evaluating teachers based on the testing, especially if there is no significant growth model for students, adding if elected, she hoped to replace the current model with "true growth measures."
"It's about time we did it," she said. "It's flawed. I'm very concerned about the (grading system of schools)."
Ritz, who has several appearances scheduled for the next 10 days before the Nov. 6 General Election, also tackled the subjects of charter schools, corporation takeovers and the voucher system while speaking Thursday.