A Knoxville native, Cheri Siler has lived in her hometown most of her life. She is running for office because she is passionate about strengthening our schools and helping create opportunities for working and middle class families.

Growing up in the family-owned business, Edwards Restaurant, Cheri learned the valuable lessons of hard work, fair play, and responsibility. Drawing daily from these lessons, Cheri has been able to relate to people from all walks of life: from the entrepreneur who creates jobs to the hard working employee who makes a business run. 

Cheri believes in passing on the strong values she learned as a child to her own family. She is a wife and the mother of six children ages 13 to 21, five sons and a daughter. 

Cheri's eldest son Carsten, 21, is majoring in aeronautics and will graduate in 2015 with a commission in the US Navy. Tyler, 19, has joined the family business, Volunteer Paving and Construction Company. Ryan, 19, is a freshman at UT studying Sports Management. Zachary, 18, will graduate from Central High School in May and has joined the United States Marine Corps. Jacob, 15, attends L&N Stem Academy and is on the USA Diving Junior Elite Performance Squad. Kayley, 13, attends Gresham Middle School and plays soccer and basketball.

Cheri graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a bachelors degree in Business Administration in 1991 and a masters in Mathematics Education in 2004.

She currently works for Knox County Schools as an instructional coach. She and her husband, Stanley, own a small asphalt and concrete company, Volunteer Paving.