Amy Shelton was elected as the Tulsa Public Schools school board member from District #1. Election results were as follows:Amy Shelton 335 votes 57.07%Phil Armstrong 181 votes 30.83%Wilbert E. Collins 71 votes 12.10% Tulsa Independent School District #1 - The school board members are elected from seven school board election districts to staggered four-year terms, commencing on the first regular board meeting following the election. Compensation is $25 per meeting, not to exceed 4100 per month. the school board meets at 7:00 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month at the Tulsa Education Service Center.
543 S. Yorktown Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74104
MA in Educational Studies, University of Tulsa (2016);
Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management, Oklahoma State University (2016);
BA in International Studies, Cedarville University (2010)
Academic Achievement Committee Member, Tulsa Honor Academy;
Graduate Teaching Assistant in Education, University of Tulsa;
3rd Grade System 44 Teacher, Celia Clinton ES (TPS);
Summer Program Coordinator, Reading Partners Tulsa;
Kendall-Whittier Site Coordinator, Reading Partners Tulsa;
Intern to the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Tulsa Public Schools;
5th Grade Teacher, Anderson ES and Cooper ES (TPS)
Community Organizations in which you participate
Kendall-Whittier Resident Council
I have three key priorities based on my experiences teaching, working in education, and volunteering in the greater Tulsa community.
• Educational Equity - Every child in Tulsa should be able to go to their local, neighborhood school and be offered a high-quality education and the supports they need to be successful. As a district we must ensure that educational opportunity and student outcomes are not predictable by zip code. I taught students in North Tulsa, in East Tulsa and in the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood because I believe students living in these communities deserve to have access to the kind of great education they would receive in South Tulsa or at a magnet school. Students rise to our expectations, and every child can learn and achieve if given instruction at the right level and at the right pace.
• Teacher Retention - We need to recruit and retain high-quality teachers for every classroom. TPS loses 22% of teachers every year, but we can make this a district where teachers want to stay. As a teacher I was most engaged and effective when I felt prepared and supported. Teachers must feel appreciated and have access to valuable professional development, resources to put their brilliant ideas into action, and community volunteers to serve as tutors and mentors for their students.
• Strategic Investment - We must use our limited resources effectively. We cannot let state budget shortfalls stand in the way of providing the best education possible for our kids.
Tulsa should be a city where all students have access to an excellent education that gives them options for college, career, and life. This means we must offer our students not only high-quality instruction but also the supports they need to be able to benefit from that instruction.
The first step is to better understand where our current per-pupil funding is being spent, what's working, and what's not working. As a district we should be able to identify which funding allocations are leading to the best outcomes for kids. What’s working well should be reinforced and replicated throughout the district, and what’s not working well should be reevaluated. We should also invest more strategically in Kindergarten-readiness and other early education initiatives.
Additionally, we must ensure that all TPS schools have strong Partners in Education and better coordinate how the district and our partners work together so that students get the most out of every education dollar spent.
First, Tulsa students would lose important support services, which would likely lead to an overall decrease in student achievement. Support personnel, such as social workers and counselors, are often the first to go when funding is decreased. This puts greater demands on teachers and will likely aggravate the current teacher shortage TPS already faces.
Second, it is in the interest of a democratic society for students to learn to navigate difference and understand other points of view. However, a voucher system would work against this aim by further encouraging segmentation of our society as it becomes more financially viable for groups to set up separate educational systems for their own children.