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 a 6th grade student at an OKCPS school.

     

Vice-Chair & District 4, Mark Mann

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    The Honorable Mark Mann
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    PO Box 36609
    OKC, OK 73136

     

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

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    List Revision in Progress Due to Nov. 14, 2022, Decennial Redistricting Action  

District 1, Carole Thompson

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    The Honorable Carole Thompson
    C/O OKCPS Board Services
    PO Box 36609
    OKC, OK 73136

     


    Term of Office:

        2021-2025 (elected)

    Schools Represented
    List Revision in Progress Due to Nov. 14, 2022, Decennial Redistricting Action  

District 2, Lori Bowman

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    The Honorable Lori Bowman
    C/O OKCPS Board Services
    PO Box 36609
    OKC, OK 73136

    Term of Office:
        2021-2025 (elected)

    Schools Represented
    List Revision in Progress Due to Nov. 14, 2022, Decennial Redistricting Action  

District 3, Cary Pirrong

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     C/O OKCPS Board Services
     PO Box 36609
     OKC, OK 73136

    Term of Office:
        2022-2024 (appointed)

    Schools Represented
    List Revision in Progress Due to Nov. 14, 2022, Decennial Redistricting Action  

District 5, Adrian Anderson

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       C/O OKCPS Board Services
       PO Box 36609
       OKC, OK 73136


     Term of Office:
        2022-2026 (elected)    

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    List Revision in Progress Due to Nov. 14, 2022, Decennial Redistricting Action  

District 6, Gloria Torres

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    The Honorable Gloria Torres
    C/O OKCPS Board Services
    PO Box 36609
    OKC, OK 73136

     

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

    Schools Represented
    List Revision in Progress Due to Nov. 14, 2022, Decennial Redistricting Action  

    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

    Terms of Office:
        2022-2026 (elected)
        2021-2022 (elected)
        2019-2021 (appointed)

    Schools Represented
    List Revision in Progress Due to Nov. 14, 2022, Decennial Redistricting Action