Bio from campaign FB page (captured 12/14/2018):
I grew up in Okarche, a small town just 30 minutes northwest of Oklahoma City. Growing up, I frequented local businesses where I knew the owners and went to the local swimming pool next to our town park almost daily in the summer. I watched my father farm and care for the land and environment. The aspects of my community that made me who I am today are having access to affordable social activities, knowing and caring for your neighbors and the land, and having businesses that were a part of and gave back to their local community.
After attending college at the University of Oklahoma, I joined Teach for America- a program that works toward the day that all students have the opportunity to receive an excellent education. I taught in Phoenix, Arizona and am thankful for the experiences I had there. I later served as an Academic Interventionist in Oklahoma, working at Linwood Elementary. I obtained a Master’s Degree in International Education from New York University in 2011 and have also lived in Costa Rica, Italy, and Istanbul, Turkey – always studying or working in the field of education. Through my life experiences and seeing more of the world, I realized a lot of inequalities exist and not everyone has had the same privileges and opportunities that I have had.
In 2014, I moved back to Oklahoma from Turkey to take on a staff role at Teach for America-Oklahoma City, where I still work to develop teachers and leaders through networking, professional development, and community cultivation. I currently live in Ward 8 with my partner and 17 month old daughter. I enjoy supporting the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition and serve on the Professional Development Board for the Young Non-Profit Professionals Network. This year, I’ve worked hard to launch Community Action Committees for Education, bringing together almost 100 teachers and 50 community partners to work toward equity in education for Oklahoma students.