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Meet Dana

Dana Meister, a 28 year dedicated class room teacher turned community leader, boasts a rich legacy of in the field of education. Her journey commenced in Altus Public Schools, where she devoted 18 years honing young minds in language arts and English. Her passion for teaching led her to Choctaw Junior High for 2 years and eventually to Midwest City High School for a fulfilling 8-year tenure.

Recognized as an Outstanding Teacher of the Year at Northeast Junior High in Altus and a nominee for the Outstanding Teacher title twice at Midwest City High School, Dana's commitment to education extended beyond the classroom. She played a pivotal role in developing the Senior Project capstone curriculum at Midwest City and passionately led student bodies as the Student Council and National Honor Society sponsor across all three school systems.

Transitioning from education to community leadership, Dana currently serves as the General Manager of Oklahoma City's largest and oldest independent bookstore, Full Circle Bookstore. Her professional trajectory expanded to philanthropy and community engagement, orchestrating substantial book donations for causes like the OK Messages Project, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Northwind Living Center, SISU Youth Services, and supporting various food drives and local initiatives.

Her civic engagement spans volunteering for Meals on Wheels through St. Luke's Methodist Church, chairing Mesta Festa for five consecutive years to raise funds for neighborhood beautification, and dedicating numerous hours to Oklahoma Arts Institute summer camps during her tenure in Altus.

 

At the forefront of her priorities lies the restoration of respect and dignity to the educational system. Her advocacy for inclusivity and collaboration echoes Mark Twain's belief that "Out of the public school grows the greatness of a nation."

Eager to make a difference in her community, Dana has volunteered for various political campaigns and champions the cause of public education. Dana and her husband Harry owned the MidCity Advocate local newspaper from 2003-2008. Drawing from her extensive experience in education and business, she aims to bring about positive change by fostering mutual respect among students, teachers, parents, administrators, and support staff.

Residing in the Mesta Park neighborhood for over two decades with her husband Harry, Dana has witnessed its evolution into a hub for diverse families and aims to continue nurturing its growth by advocating for quality public education.

As a candidate invested in listening to diverse perspectives and building collaborative solutions, Dana Meister embodies a passionate advocate for educational reform, community engagement, and the holistic development of Oklahoma City's youth.

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