My husband Patrick and I are the proud parents of three wonderful kids - our oldest son graduated from Norman High in 2013, and we currently have a son and a daughter at NHS. Yes, that's a grand total of 21 years as an NPS parent -- so far! We still have three more to go!
I’ve parented NPS students all the way through elementary, middle, and high school. I’m grateful that my kids have been able to learn from some of the best and most devoted teachers in the state. It is their dedication and care that makes NPS one of the best districts in the state. A district is only as good as its educators, and ours are exceptional.
As the mom of three talented musicians and artists, I'd be remiss not to mention Norman's stellar Fine Arts program. NPS is home to the most outstanding choir, instrumental music, theater, and arts educators in the state. I had the pleasure of working directly with our Fine Arts administrators during my time as VP of NIMPA; not only are they some of the most passionate and creative individuals employed by the district, I have to say they're also some of the most fun to be around!
In college, I worked as a reading tutor for at-risk high school students. It was incredibly rewarding to play a part in making a meaningful difference in a young person’s life. I studied English and Classical Studies at OCCC and OU, and I share some of the passion and drive that teachers have to help students discover their own passions and find their voices - in my case, through literature and writing.
I got involved in nonprofit and volunteer work when I was a full-time stay-at-home-mom. Now that my “littlest ones” are both in high school, community engagement has become my full time job. I’m excited about the opportunity to serve on the board of education, and fortunately, I have the flexibility to make this a full-time commitment.
Advocating for students and families is something I’ve done as a parent and private citizen for twenty years. I'm very active in the community - the boots on the ground, hands in the dirt kind of active.
I was a PTA member at Monroe and Alcott, primarily focusing on student/family outreach and event planning. I also did the homeroom mom gig for all three kids throughout elementary school.
In 2020, I founded the Norman Community Advocacy Team (nCAT) - a project-based coalition for local advocates, activists, and allies to organize around various issues and meet specific needs in the community as they arise.
nCAT's first project is the Learn Safe Norman initiative, which provides a forum for teachers to interact with parents and advocates so that we can help address their needs throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Together, we've:
I’m currently assisting with program development and tutoring at The Spot - a free community space for youth; we’re operated through Bridges but are open to all students ages 14+. We provide a safe space for kids to spend their free time, study space for remote/virtual students, and after school programming and special projects. We recently started a mural project with NPS student artists and art teachers. Keep an eye out for updates on their progress!
As the Vice President of Norman Pride, I’m committed to protecting and advocating for our LGTBQIA2S+ youth. Our organization provides and promotes safe spaces and events, resources, and support for Norman's LGBTQ+ Community. In August 2019, Norman made history by becoming the first city in the state to pass an ordinance specifically protecting LGBTQ+ individuals from discrimination, and I personally work alongside other activists and the City's Human Rights Commission to ensure that violations are reported and addressed.
My other community activities include serving as:
Why the BOE?
A school board member’s role is to advocate for students, families, teachers, and staff so that policy decisions are representative of the needs of the diverse NPS community. How better to understand diverse needs than through boots on the ground community engagement? I‘m excited about the opportunity to act as a liaison and to advocate on behalf of the school community. There’s been a growing demand for improved communication and dialogue about school policy decisions. My hope is to help transform NPS into a positive, collaborative environment. In order to do this, we have to develop a system of open, responsive communication at every level. My aim is not only to find sustainable solutions but to inspire real progress.