Why I’m Running:
Proudly born and raised in Saint Louis, Alisha Sonnier is just like you. Alisha works as a mental health advocate for a global health organization, after graduating from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a BS in Psychology. From this work, she learned a person’s mental health is determined in part by what they perceive as limitations. One of Alisha’s strongest desires is to make reflection and healing the cornerstone of our community, and she understands that begins with the children of SLPS.She is also an organizer, and vanguard. She knows every child in our city is a scholar, which is why she’s not only passionate about citywide development and health, she’s dedicated to all things youth and education. Her personal mantra is to “liberate & heal” and her approach to St. Louis empowerment is done with kindness, positivity, and results. STL can only be as strong as our weakest link, and that begins with our learning institutions.
Alisha’s vision includes transparency, community immersion, and holistic and transformative education. Transparency is key because the SLPS School Board not only has the ability to make lasting decisions that impact over 23,000 St. Louis students, but they have an obligation to form healthy and productive adults. As the famous proverb goes, “With great power comes great responsibility,” and she believes it is now incumbent on the Board to be as visible and transparent as possible. She is committed to making all decisions, data, and meetings accessible to SLPS families. We can begin to excel our youth simply by holding our systems accountable to us. It takes a village to raise the best version of our scholars and that is what community immersion is based in. The city of St. Louis is home to a wealth of organizations & resources invested in the same renaissance I envision. With the creation of public-private partnerships, the Board can create a healthy synergy with the STL region to positively impact the childhood development process. She knows it is critical that we implement healthy practices to combat youth criminalization, violence, & anger such as guided Yoga, Meditation, & Therapy. From her work, she’s learned a person’s mental health is determined in part by what they perceive as limitations. One of Alisha’s strongest desires is to make reflection and healing the cornerstone of our community, and she understands that begins with the children of SLPS.