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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    PO Box 36609
    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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    PO Box 36609
    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, Currently Vacant

  • The District 3 OKCPS Board of Education Seat is currently vacant.

    The Board intends to fill this seat by appointment. 

    Details are available at the following URL:

    https://www.okcps.org/Page/2627

     

    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

District 5, Adrian Anderson

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       The Honorable Adrian Anderson
       C/O OKCPS Board Services
       PO Box 36609
       OKC, OK 73136



    Term of Office:
        2022-2026 (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 

District 6, Gloria Torres

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    PO Box 36609
    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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    The Honorable Meg McElhaney
    C/O OKCPS Board Services
    PO Box 36609
    OKC, OK 73136

     

    Term of Office:
        2022-2026 (elected)
        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