Board Chair, Paula Lewis

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    The Honorable Paula Lewis
    C/O OKCPS Board Services
    PO Box 36609
    OKC, OK 73136

     

     

    Terms of Office:
      Chairperson - 2021-2025 (elected)
      Chairperson - 2017-2021 (elected)
      District 4 Rep. - 2016-2017 (elected)

    Schools Represented 
    The Board Chair represents all schools in the District 



    Biography

    Paula is a native Oklahoman from Lawton. Upon graduation from Eisenhower High School, she attended Southwest Missouri State University where she played collegiate golf and completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Paula entered the Occupational Therapy program at OUHSC in 1992 and graduated in 1994. Paula has since enjoyed 25 years of practicing Occupational Therapy. The majority of Paula’s OT career has been
    as an entrepreneur in the Outpatient sector. She initially specialized in pain management, postural assessment and work injuries as the owner of Oklahoma Therapy Institute. Currently, she is co-owner of Quest Pediatric Therapy, an outpatient clinic providing OT, PT and SLP services to children. Paula has been an active member of OKOTA for the past 8 years, she is a member of AOTA and has served on committees related to work and industry and the OT’s role. She has taught adjunct at OCCC and OUHSC. She has presented posture and work safety topics to a variety of organizations.

    Paula is currently serving in her second term as the Chair of the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education. Her work as the Chair has included, but has not been limited to, hiring and retaining Superintendent Sean McDaniel, bringing students and staff’s mental wellness into focus through Embrace OKC, championing transparency and accountability by the district and board, creating a Student Experience and Equity committee to lead the district in adhering to a new Equity Policy, and supporting the development and passage of a robust non-discrimination policy to protect students and staff. Paula’s proudest title is “mom.” Her oldest son, Hunter, serves as Military Police in the US Army. Her youngest son, Reign, is in 4th grade in an OKCPS elementary school.

     

Vice-Chair & District 4, Mark Mann

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    OKC, OK 73136

     

     

    Terms of Office:
        2020-2024 (elected)
        2018-2020 (elected)
        2017 (appointed)

    Schools Represented
    • Eugene Field Elementary
    • Hawthorne Elementary
    • Wilson Elementary
    • Capitol Hill Middle School
    • Classen School of Advanced Studies
          Middle School
    • Emerson High School

District 1, Carole Thompson

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    OKC, OK 73136

     

     

    Terms of Office:
        2021-2025 (elected)

    Schools Represented
    • Britton Elementary
    • Quail Creek Elementary
    • Ridgeview Elementary
    • John Marshall Middle School
    • John Marshall High School

District 2, Lori Bowman

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    OKC, OK 73136

     

    Terms of Office:
        2021-2025 (elected)

    Schools Represented
    • Horace Mann Elementary (Pre-K Center)
    • Johnson Elementary (Pre-K Center)
    • Monroe Elementary
    • Nichols Hills Enterprise Elementary
    • Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School (5&6)
    • Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School (7&8)
    • Putnam Heights Academy (5-12)

District 3, Carrie Coppernoll Jacobs

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    PO Box 36609
    OKC, OK 73136

     

     

    Terms of Office:
        2020-2024 (elected)
        2016-2020 (elected)

    Schools Represented
    • Adams Elementary
    • Buchanan Elementary
    • Cleveland Elementary
    • Kaiser Elementary
    • Mark Twain Elementary
    • Rockwood Elementary
    • Mary Golda Ross Middle School
    • Taft Middle School
    • Northwest Classen High School


    Biography

    Carrie Coppernoll Jacobs is a mother and communications professional who has lived in District 3 of Oklahoma City Public Schools since 2005. Carrie worked as a reporter and columnist in Oklahoma City for nine years, spending the last part of her tenure at The Oklahoman as the education beat reporter. She covered Oklahoma City Public Schools, the state Education Department and education trends. She earned her alternative certification to teach high school journalism and English, and she worked for two years as the journalism teacher at Putnam City North High School. She now works as a member of the communications team for the Oklahoma Education Association.

    Carrie and her husband, Leigh, have two daughters. They attend Kaiser Elementary School and Classen School of Advanced Studies Middle School. Carrie was elected to the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education in February 2016. She serves as chairwoman of the OKCPS Policy Committee and OKCPS Operations Committee. She co-chairs the OKCPS Bond Committee.  

     

District 5, Ruth Veales

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    Terms of Office:
        2018-2022 (elected)
        2014-2018 (elected)
        2010-2014 (elected)


    Schools Represented
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary
    • Thelma R. Parks Elementary
    • Rogers Elementary
    • Shidler Elementary
    • Spencer Elementary
    • Willow Brook Elementary
    • FD Moon Middle School
    • Wheeler Middle School
    • Classen School of Advanced Studies High School at Northeast
    • Douglass High School
    • Star Spencer High School 


    Biography

    Ruth Veales graduated from Crooked Oak High School in Oklahoma City, OK. She received her certification in General Office Cluster at Opportunities Industrialization Center. Ms. Veales achieved the highest scores for her certification in her class. Ruth earned a degree from Rose State College in Business Administration, with an emphasis in human resources. She was educated for 3 years in the study of theology to become a licensed ordained minister in the gospel.

    Ms. Veales was employed with the Urban League for 14 years; holding positions as executive secretary and later administrative assistant to the president. During her employment with the Urban League, she learned the importance of advocacy for people who could not or would not speak for themselves. Ruth was employed with The City of Spencer Police Department as Police Administrative Assistant for 7 years until 2012 when she took an early retirement. Witnessing many district students being unjustly placed in a non-juvenile criminal justice system motivated her to run for OKCPS school board member in 2010.

    She is a self-proclaimed advocate for children. She refers to it as “a calling on her life.” Throughout her many years of community service, Ms. Veales has worked in the capacity of staff, volunteer, and parent support in multiple youth organizations, such as: Young Black Men/Black Women Association; National Urban League Incentive to Excel and Succeed (NULITES), she served as a chaperon to two NULITES national conferences; Star Spencer High School Booster Club; Star Spencer High School Gospel Music Choir, she chaperoned choir members to Florida for national competition; Star Spencer High School Drama Department, where she made costumes for plays, and other behind the scenes functions; Eagle Ridge Institution—Wings of Harmony; teacher for vacation bible school at church; youth bible study teacher, and alternate youth pastor; and foster parent for therapeutic foster children.

    Ms. Veales has served on the boards and church ministries of the following organizations: Co-founder of the John H. Bowman Youth Camp held in July each year with an educational/socialization/life skills focus while having fun; president of "In Spite Of" youth organization; and past member of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Academy. She currently serves on DWWC ministries at her church in the senior citizens, youth focused, and prison reform programs.

    Ms. Veales is the proud mother of three grown children, grandmother of 17 grandchildren, and 1 great grandson and 1 great granddaughter. She raised two of her grandchildren. The oldest is a 3rd year student at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater where she is studying to become a veterinarian. The youngest has taken the career path.

    Ms. Veales was first elected to the Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) Board of Education in 2010. She was unopposed when elected to her second term in 2014. And, she won the election to her third term with 59 percent of votes cast. She pushed for the initiative of “Equity in Education” in the OKCPS District, resulting in the Districts' first Equity Policy being passed unanimously in November 2017. She views this as a big win for educational justice for all students. She is the chairwoman of the Student Experience & Equity Committee. She has served on other OKCPS Board committees, including the Budget & Finance Committee. Ruth represented OKCPS on the National School Board Association’s Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) for several years; and served on its Steering Committee until April 2019. CUBE represents over 100 urban school districts (some districts with more than 360,000 students each), representing and advocating for over 9 million urban students. In July, 2018, Ms. Veales was appointed to serve on the John Rex Charter Elementary School Board of Directors for a brief period of time.

District 6, Gloria Torres

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    OKC, OK 73136

     

     

    Terms of Office:
        2019-2023 (elected)
        2015-2019 (elected)
        2014 (appointed)

    Schools Represented
    • Arthur Elementary
    • Coolidge Elementary
    • Esperanza Elementary
    • Fillmore Elementary
    • Heronville Elementary
    • Hillcrest Elementary
    • Prairie Queen Elementary
    • Van Buren Elementary
    • Jefferson Middle School
    • Roosevelt Middle School
    • U.S. Grant High School
    • Emerson South Mid-High School

     

    Biography

    Ms. Gloria Torres was appointed to the Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) Board of Education, representing District 6, in August, 2014. She was subsequently elected to four-year terms in February, 2015, and again in April, 2019. Ms. Torres has served as the OKCPS Board Vice Chairperson, Chair of the Government Relations Committee, and as a member of the Policies Committee and Student Experience & Equity Committee. In addition, Gloria serves as Commissioner and the Chairperson of the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women.

    In addition to her elected and appointed board service she has, and continues, to serve on various boards including the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Habitat for Humanity, Community Action Agency. A life-long Oklahoman, Gloria has spent more than 25 years in public education, which began in Oklahoma City Public Schools. Over the span of her career, Gloria has worked at every level from elementary to high school and served in several capacities from teacher assistant to principal. In 2004, she became OKCPS´ first Latina Principal and was later named Principal of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of Bilingual Educators. Ms. Torres earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education from The University of Central Oklahoma and her Master’s degree in Public Administration at Texas Women’s University.

     

District 7, Meg McElhaney

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    OKC, OK 73136

     

    Term of Office:
        2021-2022 (elected to complete unexpired term)
        2019-2021 (appointed to fill unexpired term)

    Schools Represented
    • Bodine Elementary
    • Cesar Chavez Elementary
    • Hayes Elementary
    • Lee Elementary
    • Southern Hills Elementary
    • Southeast Middle School
    • Webster Middle School
    • Capitol Hill High School
    • Southeast High School