Dr. Sharri Coleman Announces Candidacy for Oklahoma City Public School Board District 5 with Backing of Long-Time Community Leaders

OKLAHOMA CITY – Today, Dr. Sharri Coleman is announcing her bid to be the next school board member for Oklahoma City Public Schools for District 5. Her candidacy is enthusiastically supported by long-time community leaders including, current OKCPS District 5 member Ruth Veales, current State Senator George Young, and current State Representative Jason Lowe.

Each of her endorsers for office note her dedication to service, track record as a proven leader and courageous spirit. 

“I am pleased to know that we have a passionately capable individual who is willing to be a part of the solution to ensure that true equity in education is at the forefront for ALL OKCPS students and staff. Furthermore, Sharri will be an advocate who assures that both students and staff get every necessary resource to be successful in whatever area they choose,” said current District 5 OKCPS School Board Member, Ruth Veales. 

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

“As an attorney, state legislator, and chairman of the Oklahoma Legislative Black Caucus, I understand how important it is to have strong leadership for our kids. School boards are especially important in Oklahoma’s largest and most diverse school district. Dr. Sharri Coleman brings a fresh lens to OKCPS and unwavering commitment to our children’s health, safety, academic development and wellbeing. I applaud and fully support her candidacy for Oklahoma City Public Schools District five school board seat,” said state Representative Jason Lowe.

Dr. Sharri Coleman is driven to seek this opportunity to serve the people of the 5th District because she understands there is still more work to be done in Oklahoma City Public Schools to ensure equity in resources and access to quality public schools in the communities we call home. She understands in-person instruction is critical to student learning, but also wants to see thoughtful and intentional precautions being taken by the district to curb the impact of the pandemic on our educators and students. Additionally, 70 percent of Oklahoma City Public Schools students are members of a minority population and approximately 40 percent of students have a family member currently incarcerated. Dr. Coleman’s experience as a classroom teacher makes her uniquely suited to lead the district in meeting those students’ needs. While she knows board service may take her away from her typical ministry projects, she is led by her faith to seek out opportunities to improve education for our children. 

About Dr. Sharri: Dr. Sharri Coleman worked as a Science teacher in Oklahoma City Public Schools. She is an adjunct  professor of African and African American (AFAM) studies at the University of Oklahoma. Currently, Dr. Coleman also serves as the Internship counselor for Millwood Public Schools. Prior to her work in the classroom, she worked as a podiatrist focusing on treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and leg. She is a graduate of 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 a newlywed to Pastor A. Byron Coleman III, who was called to serve at the 5th Street Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. Dr. Sharri and Pastor Coleman are going on 24 years of marriage and have two sons who are their pride and joy, Chandler Avery and Courtland Alexander. 

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