Jo Anna Dossett

Jo Anna Dossett

Oklahoma Senate, District 35, OK

Jo Anna is a young parent and public educator. Although service in the U.S. Peace Corps took her briefly from her city of birth, her goal was always to return to Tulsa to establish a career, home, and family.

She certainly achieved it: as a public educator, Jo Anna has devoted 15 years to teaching English Learners throughout Tulsa. Whether with youngsters by day, or adults in the evening, her passion for equipping students with the language tools they need for success has become her trademark. During those 15 years, Jo Anna has earned a master’s degree in her field, been named a school district teacher of the year, and maintained high levels of engagement and leadership positions in her local education foundation, and local and state teacher associations.

Whether serving on local school bond committees, mentoring early career teachers, lobbying legislators, or pounding the pavement for Tulsa school board and legislative candidates, Jo Anna’s energy toward the betterment of her community is limitless. When elected, Jo Anna will be a fierce advocate for public education funding and teacher-led reform, access to affordable and comprehensive healthcare, and reduction in Oklahoma’s excessive incarceration rates.