Senator Carri Hicks is a mother, an educator, and a lifelong Oklahoman. The daughter of a public school teacher, Hicks graduated from Oklahoma City University. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications and Political Science. Hicks furthered her education at OCU by earning a Master's Degree with a focus on Leadership Management. She went on to work for United Way of Central Oklahoma and Saint Luke's United Methodist Church. Hicks developed skills in fundraising, advertising, and publishing throughout her career in the nonprofit sector.
A life-long learner with a passion for education, Hicks decided to seek a career change. She earned her Masters in Early Childhood Education and applied for a teaching certificate. Hicks began working as a public school teacher at the Putnam City School District in 2011. After three years teaching Kindergarten at Tulakes Elementary, Hicks moved to the Deer Creek School District. After two years teaching First Grade, Hicks taught Fourth Grade Math and Science at Grove Valley Elementary.
Hicks currently serves as an adjunct professor at OCU where she teaches in the College of Education. In the summer of 2019, she was named a Gaylord-McCasland Education Fellow by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, and worked to reshape the Museum Experience for young learners. Additionally, she works to equip teachers with STEM integration to prepare the next generation of Oklahomans for the changing workforce.
Today, Hicks lives in Northwest Oklahoma City with her husband of seven years, Spencer. They are the proud parents of three children: Camilla, Holli, and Sawyer. A dedicated community servant, Hicks is an active volunteer for education-related causes. Hicks leads the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Camp. STEM camp gives more than 200 students each year a chance to learn outside the classroom. Hicks serves of the Transportation, Education, and Health & Human Services Committees and looks forward to continuing to represent the voices of her constituents in Senate District 40.