Heather Ousley is a public education advocate from Merriam, Kansas.
She believes that every child deserves access to an excellent education opportunity, and for the last five years has advocated for fully funding Kansas Public Schools.
She attended Shawnee Mission Schools from kindergarten through graduation, and attended the University of Kansas for both undergraduate and law school. A recipient of the KU Law Rice Scholarship, Heather's law practice primarily consists of civil rights work.
Heather is well known for walking to Topeka from her home in Merriam, to raise awareness of the need for constitutionally funded Kansas schools and the risks associated with privatization efforts.
The selection of a new Superintendent directly impacts her children's education experience, and this skin in the game has motivated her to run for a seat at the Board table.
Her three children attend Shawnee Mission Schools, with her oldest entering middle school next fall, and her youngest graduating from kindergarten this spring. She has served as both PTA President and as a Girl Scout Troop Leader. She's been an active advocate for our schools for years, at both the local and state level. She's the only candidate endorsed by all four public education groups: MainPac (Mainstream Coalition); NEA Shawnee Mission; Education First Shawnee Mission; and the Network for Public Education.
Heather values transparency, community input, and ensuring children and educators have a strong voice speaking on their behalf.