Aleisha knows the value of family and community. She moved to Norman two decades ago, seeking a more family-oriented place to raise her son, Alec. Her family ties go back decades to southwestern Oklahoma and indeed, family brought her here from California.
Aleisha understands the importance of a quality education to open doors of economic opportunity. She earned her bachelor and graduate degrees in political science from the University of Oklahoma, while raising her son, Alec. She experienced the struggles of living on a shoestring but never lost faith in the values of education and community.
Aleisha believes every Oklahoma child should have access to resources like those her son enjoyed. Alec took advantage of the community opportunities -- strong public schools (McKinley Elementary, Alcott Middle School, and Norman High), the Firehouse Art Center, and sports opportunities through the Optimist Club and Norman Youth Soccer Association. Alec recently graduated with a geology degree from Colorado College where he played varsity soccer for four years. Following graduation, he spent two years with AmeriCorps teaching at a school in inner city Denver.
Aleisha pursues excellence in her role as an educator. She accepted a teaching position at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha so that her family could stay in Norman. She is a one-person political science department and loves her small classes. Aleisha was named a DaVinci Scholar in 2014 for her innovation in the classroom and won her campus’ Regents Superior Teaching Award in 2015.
Aleisha is committed to public service. Once Alec left for college, she wanted to give back to the community she loves. Her first opportunity was on the City of Norman Library Board, where she served as vice chair. She was elected to the Norman City Council in 2016 and has been a champion for seniors, public safety, strong neighborhoods, and small businesses. Additionally, she serves on the board of the Oklahoma Single Parent Scholarship Program, a new non-profit organization bringing resources to college students who are balancing family life with attending school.
Aleisha has the skills and desire to make good policy. She is running for the State Senate to work hard for everyday Oklahomans.
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Why do I read so much? Knowledge is power; that's what I tell my students. Ever since I was a kid, I got lost in books. I loved to read about peoples' lives. It helped me to learn new words and new ways to think and new ways to deal with my own existence. I didn't know it at the time, but I was gaining cultural literacy. And still today, I love books.
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David Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon
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Malcolm Harris, Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millenials