Cyndi Ralston

What ideas do you have to better the lives of Oklahoma’s children? 

I will always be a champion for all laws and policies that favorably affect children especially in the education realm. I will work tirelessly to improve policies that allow people to be in the classroom without proper education training. We have to incentivize entering the education field after years of promises of proper compensation. We only graduate a minute number of students in education programs that doesn’t come close to filling the openings we have. Students are having to go into massive debt to get a college degree and going into the education field doesn’t make fiscal sense. We need policies in place that help students become teachers get that degree free of debt through offering scholarships with their promise to stay in Oklahoma teaching for a minimum number of years. I will also champion the ability of our children to get mental health services as well as drug rehabilitation programs for those under 18. Oklahoma children are suffering without access to this services. I will attempt to expand the social services provided by DHS to our children. I will also attempt to decrease the prison time for non-violent offenders in exchange for rehabilitation programs so the effect of parents in prison is negated. I will fight to overturn the law that allows private adoption agencies to discriminate against loving and vetted LBGTQ households. I will establish myself as a leader in education policies with my background as a teacher/advocate of children at all levels of academic and socio-economics.

What have you done to support children prior to this election? 

I have been directly involved with helping implement education policies that involve children as a BAEA building representative from participating in the 1990 walkout that got HB1017 enacted into law to calling, emailing, and visiting legislators on many other issues throughout the years. This past year I was asked to be on the Advocacy Team my first year at Haskell Public Schools to talk to legislators about issues. I am also our elementary site’s Chalk the Vote block captain and keep the teachers updated on issues.

The summer months I have spent working with children in a variety of ways. I have been the Den Mother for the Cub Scouts. I was a Committee Member for my son’s Boy Scout troop. Another teacher and I organized a summer science camp for my district’s elementary students. The following years the district held Camp Invention where I worked as a teacher for five years. I have volunteered for my church’s VBS for 22 years as group leader, kitchen director, and as a director for 300 children.

I am a National Board Certified Teacher (2002-2012; 2012-2022) and taught 1 year in Dallas Public Schools sixth grade, 30 years in Broken Arrow Public Schools first through fifth, 10 of those years as a gifted resource/enrichment specialist/student study skills coach before retiring. After a year of teaching Pre-K at my church’s pre-school I answered a call to teach second grade in Haskell due to the lack of qualified teaching applicants. I’m currently teaching there.

What will you do to support families in your new role, if elected? 

I have been directly involved with helping implement education policies that involve children as a BAEA building representative from participating in the 1990 walkout that got HB1017 enacted into law to calling, emailing, and visiting legislators on many other issues throughout the years. This past year I was asked to be on the Advocacy Team my first year at Haskell Public Schools to talk to legislators about issues. I am also our elementary site’s Chalk the Vote block captain and keep the teachers updated on issues.

The summer months I have spent working with children in a variety of ways. I have been the Den Mother for the Cub Scouts. I was a Committee Member for my son’s Boy Scout troop. Another teacher and I organized a summer science camp for my district’s elementary students. The following years the district held Camp Invention where I worked as a teacher for five years. I have volunteered for my church’s VBS for 22 years as group leader, kitchen director, and as a director for 300 children.

I am a National Board Certified Teacher (2002-2012; 2012-2022) and taught 1 year in Dallas Public Schools sixth grade, 30 years in Broken Arrow Public Schools first through fifth, 10 of those years as a gifted resource/enrichment specialist/student study skills coach before retiring. After a year of teaching Pre-K at my church’s pre-school I answered a call to teach second grade in Haskell due to the lack of qualified teaching applicants. I’m currently teaching there.