About Us.


“By meeting teachers’ personal needs, we support their ability to stay in our district, which is in dire need of stability.”
— Alisa Andrews, UpliftEd President

Tulsa Public School teachers who qualify financially can receive assistance in the form of bill payment, home/auto repair, grocery supplements, items, and services. The aid is for personal use, outside the classroom. Applications are available on the teacher tab of this site.

Board of Directors

Alisa Andrews
UpliftEd, Founder

Alisa is a Tulsa native and former elementary teacher of 10 years. After graduating from Memorial High School, she attended the University of Arkansas and earned her Master’s in Teaching. She taught in Florida and Jenks schools. When she moved back to Tulsa, she became so concerned about the strain on teachers she determined to find a way to help. After researching and consulting, she founded UpliftEd in 2017. She’s been fortunate to have a diverse team of talent that steers the nonprofit as it evolves from small beginnings.

Vice President
John Croisant
Allstate Agency, Owner
John is a School Board Member for Tulsa Schools, District 5. He is also a member of the Tulsa Rotary Club and the Tulsa Regional Chamber. Born and raised in Tulsa, John earned his degree in political science from Tulsa University. After completing his pre-law certificate and secondary education requirements, John decided to focus his career on education. He taught for 16 years and coached soccer for 20 years. He changed direction in 2018 to open his own Allstate insurance agency. He continues to serve his community and school district with passion.

Amanda King
Don P. Quint & Associates, Financial Advisor

Amanda grew up in Tulsa, graduating from Memorial High School. In 2005, she earned a degree in Finance from The University of Tulsa. In 2009, she received an MBA from Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. After working at Williams Companies and WPX Energy, Amanda became a CFP® professional, providing wealth management and financial planning services to clients. She is a member of Leadership Tulsa Class 61. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, hiking and traveling.

Shawna Mott-Wright
Tulsa Classroom Teacher Association, President

Shawna Mott-Wright is a proud graduate of Daniel Webster High School and Oklahoma State University. She is President of the TCTA (teacher’s union), a member of the Oklahoma Education Coalition, and formerly served on the Board of Directors for Oklahoma Education Coalition and National Education Association. Shawna co-founded the Tulsa Parent Legislative Action Committee (PLAC.) She lives by the mantra, “Actions speak louder than words.” She believes strongly in our public education system and knows we cannot properly care for children unless we properly care for their teachers. You’ll often find Shawna helping at various Tulsa Public Schools by substitute teaching, fundraising, meeting needs for specific classrooms/teachers, or assisting with events. She also advocates for public education at the Capitol, both at the state and national level.


LeeAnne Jimenez
Tulsa Classroom Teacher Association, Vice President



Milton Dean III
Tulsa Public Schools, Teacher