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, a Lawton native, graduated from Eisenhower High School before earning her Bachelor of Science in Biology at Southwest Missouri State University, where she also played collegiate golf. She entered the Occupational Therapy program at OUHSC in 1992, graduating in 1994, and has since enjoyed 29 years as an OT practitioner. Paula's career primarily revolves around entrepreneurship in the outpatient sector, specializing in pain management, postural assessment, and work injuries. She has co-owned Quest Pediatric Therapy, an outpatient clinic offering OT, PT, and SLP services to children across the OKC metro since 2015.

    In addition to her occupational therapy career, Paula holds an MBA obtained in 2002. She has been an active member of OKOTA for a decade, holding membership in AOTA, and contributing to committees related to work and industry. She's also shared her expertise as an adjunct instructor at OCCC and OUHSC, presenting on posture and work safety topics for various organizations.

    Paula demonstrates an unwavering commitment to public service. She is currently serving her second term as Chair of the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education. Her achievements include hiring and retaining Superintendent Sean McDaniel, prioritizing student and staff mental wellness through Embrace OKC, advocating for transparency and accountability within the district and board, and leading efforts to implement a new Equity Policy through the Student Experience and Equity committee. Paula also played a crucial role in the passage of a historic Public School Bond, promising transformational opportunities for future generations of students.

    Above all, Paula's proudest title is "mom." Her oldest son, Hunter, serves as Military Police in the US Army, while her youngest son, Reign, is a 7th grade student in OKCPS.

Vice-Chair & District 2, Lori Bowman

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    OKC, OK 73136

    Term of Office
        2021-2025 (elected)

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

District 1, Carole Thompson

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    OKC, OK 73136

     


    Term of Office

        2021-2025 (elected)

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

District 3, Cary Pirrong

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     The Honorable Cary Pirrong
     C/O OKCPS Board Services
     PO Box 36609
     OKC, OK 73136

    Term of Office:
        2022-2024 (appointed)

    Schools Represented
      • Adams Elementary
      • Buchanan Elementary
      • Kaiser Elementary
      • Mark Twain Elementary
      • Rockwood Elementary
      • Mary Golda Ross Middle School
      • Roosevelt Middle School
      • Emerson North High School

District 4, Dana Meister

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    The Honorable Dana Meister
    C/O OKCPS Board Services
    PO Box 36609
    Oklahoma City, OK 73136

    Term of Office
        2024-2028 (elected)

    Schools Represented
      • Cleveland Elementary
      • Eugene Field Elementary
      • Hawthorne Elementary
      • Wilson Elementary
      • Classen School of Advanced Studies
            Middle School
      • Taft Middle School
      • Northwest Classen High School

    Biography
    Following a twenty-eight-year career as an educator teaching secondary language arts, Dana is currently the general manager of Full Circle Bookstore. She is married, has two children, and two granddaughters. 

District 5, Adrian Anderson

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    OKC, OK 73136


    Term of Office:
        2022-2026 (elected)    

    Schools Represented
      • Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary
      • Thelma R. Parks Elementary
      • Rogers Middle School
      • Spencer Elementary
      • Willow Brook Elementary
      • FD Moon Middle School
      • Classen School of Advanced Studies High School at Northeast
      • Douglass High School
      • Star Spencer Middle School
      • Star Spencer High School
      • Extended Educational Services (EES) Pre-K thru 12  

District 6, Juan Lecona

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    OKC, OK 73136



    Term of Office:
        2023-2027 (elected)

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

District 7, Meg McElhaney

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    The Honorable Meg McElhaney
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    PO Box 36609
    OKC, OK 73136


    Terms of Office:

        2022-2026 (elected)
        2021-2022 (elected)
        2019-2021 (appointed)

    Schools Represented
      • Adelaide Lee Elementary  
      • Bodine Elementary
      • Cesar Chavez Elementary
      • Hayes Elementary
      • Shidler Elementary
      • Capitol Hill Middle School
      • Southeast Middle School
      • Webster Middle School
      • Wheeler Middle School
      • Capitol Hill High School
      • Southeast High School