Dr Sharri Coleman announces candidacy for District 5 of the Oklahoma City Public School Board with the support of longtime community leaders


THE CITY OF OKLAHOMA – Today, Dr. Sharri Coleman announces his candidacy to be the next member of the Oklahoma City Public Schools School Board for District 5. His candidacy is enthusiastically supported by longtime community leaders, including Member Ruth Veales. current OKCPS District 5, current state senator. George Young and current State Representative Jason Lowe.

Each of his supporters for the office notes his dedication to service, his track record as a proven leader and his courageous spirit.

“I am happy to know that we have a passionate and capable person who is ready to be part of the solution to ensure that true equity in education is at the forefront for ALL students and staff at OKCPS. Additionally, Sharri will be an advocate who will ensure that students and staff have all the resources they need to be successful in their chosen field, ”said Ruth Veales, current OKCPS District 5 School Board member.

“I am excited about Dr. Sharri Coleman’s candidacy for the OKCPS Board of Directors, Dist. 5. My enthusiasm comes from the fact that her qualifications make her a great advocate for children and education. Her community involvement and religious foundation make me believe that she is part of the solution to making educational opportunities for our children accessible, ”said current Senator George Young.

“As a lawyer, state legislator, and chair of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus, I understand how important it is to have strong leadership for our children. School boards are especially important in Oklahoma’s largest and most diverse school district. Dr. Sharri Coleman brings a fresh perspective to OKCPS and an unwavering commitment to the health, safety, academic development and well-being of our children. I applaud and fully support his candidacy for the District Five School Board seat of Oklahoma City Public Schools, ”said State Representative Jason Lowe.

Dr Sharri Coleman is motivated to seize this opportunity to serve the people of the 5th District as she understands that there is still work to be done in Oklahoma City public schools to ensure equity of resources and access to quality public schools in the communities we call. residence. She understands that in-person teaching is essential to student learning, but also wants the district to take thoughtful and intentional precautions to limit the impact of the pandemic on our educators and students. In addition, 70 percent of students in Oklahoma City public schools are members of a minority population, and about 40 percent of students have a family member currently in prison. Dr. Coleman’s experience as a classroom teacher makes her uniquely suited to lead the district to meet the needs of these students. While she knows that counseling service can take her away from her typical ministry plans, she is guided by her faith to seek opportunities to improve the education of our children.

About Dr Sharri: Dr. Sharri Coleman worked as a science teacher in Oklahoma City public schools. She is Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies (AFAM) at the University of Oklahoma. Currently, Dr Coleman is also an internship counselor for Millwood Public Schools. Prior to her classroom work, she worked as a podiatrist focusing on the treatment of foot, ankle and leg disorders. She graduated from Spelman College where she majored in chemistry / premedicine. Dr Sharri is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) from Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine. Originally from Philadelphia, Dr. Sharri Coleman moved to Oklahoma in 1998 as the bride of Pastor A. Byron Coleman III, who was called to serve at 5th Street Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Dr Sharri and Pastor Coleman have been married for 24 years and have two sons who are their pride and joy, Chandler Avery and Courtland Alexander.


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