Dr. LaKeshia N. Myers is an educator with the Milwaukee Public Schools. Her responsibilities include serving as a School Support Coach and modeling instructional leadership for the district. Directly serving the district’s premiere alternative education center, Dr. Myers believes in serving the students that have the greatest challenges.
Previously, she served as an Director of Education for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. In this post, she served as the administrator of the Oakview School and as the chief education consultant to the warden at Oakhill Correctional Institution. In this position, she was responsible for educating adjudicated individuals as they prepared to reenter society.
Prior to this, she served for eight years as Instructional Lead Teacher/Curriculum Specialist for the Prince George’s County Public Schools of Maryland, where she created a series of citizenship based service projects to assist and enhance civic education for students in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
Preceding her education career, Dr. Myers served as a clerk for the United States House of Representatives. While in this capacity, she worked with Congressional leaders to author many pieces of legislation pertaining to government contracts, diversity, employee pay and benefits, and human resources protocols in the federal government. She also served as a staff writer for several members of Congress, authoring numerous speeches rendered by members on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.
Upon graduation from college, Dr. Myers served as a legislative aide/policy analyst for Wisconsin State Senator Lena Taylor. While in this post, Dr. Myers served as the staff lead on issues regarding constituent relations, education, Health policy, state budget and appropriations. It was during this time that she also served as the Senator’s liaison with Milwaukee Public Schools.
A Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, Dr. Myers is a 2002 graduate of Rufus King International Baccalaureate High School, a 2006 graduate of Alcorn State University (B.A. in Political Science), a 2009 graduate of Strayer University, (Master of Education), and a 2016 graduate of Argosy University (Doctor of Education).
Dr. Myers is single and is the proud aunt of her two nephews Khalil, age six, and Kameron, age four.
Why I’m running:
Growing up in Milwaukee, the daughter of public school teachers I know the value of quality education. I have also seen the quality in our education system suffer because of neglect and fiscal starvation. I expect all students in Wisconsin to have a world-class education, complete with arts, science labs, music, and field trips—all things I was able to enjoy as a student. As a teacher, I have seen the steady decline in challenging course offerings and amenities for many students; as well as the flat lining of educator’s salaries. I believe having an educator in the legislature will bring much needed perspective to the way we fund our schools and actively attract and retain educators.
The economic decline of tangible services can easily be seen in the 12th assembly district. Where there was once bustling retail, entertainment venues, and restaurants, there are now empty buildings, shuttered storefronts, and abandon. The people of the 12th deserve to live in a community where they have access to quality of life amenities that are readily available in other communities. I would like to be an advocate for our district, with the hope of finding viable uses for the vacant commercial property in our area to spur economic development.
Wisconsin also leads the nation in incarceration. Many people who are behind bars are not there for committing new crimes. They are there due to crimeless revocation. We need sweeping changes to curtail the broad authority of probation and parole agents to send people back to prison. I am also advocating for more AODA treatment programming and apprenticeship opportunities for incarcerated individuals.
I’m running to offer a fresh perspective and I hoping you will join me as we fight for change. Together, we can do better to ensure Wisconsin continues to move forward.