Meet Shawna Mott-Wright
Shawna Mott-Wright is Tulsa born and Tulsa raised. She comes from a close-knit family who instilled in her every step of the way that faith, hard work and integrity will get you anywhere you need to go in life. Shawna refers often to the lessons learned from her mom, a long-time educator and her dad, a former small business owner, both of whom are life-long union members.
After graduating from Daniel Webster High School and continuing her education at Oklahoma State University, Shawna began her career as a teacher, joining her mom in Tulsa Public Schools. After over a decade in the classroom, Shawna was elected as the Tulsa Classroom Teachers Association (TCTA) Vice President where she has continued her service in public education. She now serves as NEA Director on behalf of the Oklahoma Education Association and was also recently elected as TCTA President-Elect. Shawna’s advocacy on behalf of public education and all core services manifests itself in many ways. You’ll often find her at the Capitol, both at the state and national level, as well as giving her volunteer time as co-founder of the Tulsa PLAC.
As the product of public schools, the daughter of an educator, the mom of two public school students, Kennedy (13) and Collin (14) as well as a long-time Oklahoma Education Association leader, Shawna understands the importance of strong core services. She recognizes the importance of a legislature that is not only able to work collaboratively across party lines but also unrelenting in its dedication to the greater good.
Shawna believes strongly in her Christian faith and is guided by the principles by which she was born and raised. She lives by the mantra “actions speak louder than words.” She has served as a praise and worship leader at Garnett Assembly of God where she has attended for years. Focusing always on loving thy neighbor, Shawna is guided by this message in her professional and advocacy roles as well. She understands the starting line isn’t the same for every child or every family. She believes strongly in our public education system for the same reason she is unrelenting in her faith, because as public schools, we welcome everyone with open arms.
Shawna has been honored with many accolades over the years from various organizations, all of which can be summed up with this sentiment: Shawna is a passionate advocate who’s concerned not with who receives credit, but solely with doing her part to make Oklahoma the best it can be for every family.