Shari Lawrence

Shari joins Transcend as the School Design Partner on the Dream + Discover team. She will be supporting partners in the early stages of the innovation journey to create bold new visions of school.

She began her career in education almost 10 years ago as a NYC Teaching Fellow and taught special education, science, and math for six years at various public high schools. During her tenure as a teacher, Shari coached new teachers, served as the math department coordinator, and piloted initiatives in partnership with the NYC Department of Education. Most recently, Shari worked as the founding Academic Affairs Director for College Track Watts where she created and implemented after school programming to support students’ high academic achievement and college eligibility.

In addition to her professional work, Shari has also participated in various new school founders incubator programs with 4.0 Schools and Education Pioneers to develop her own vision for an innovative school model.

Shari holds a Masters of Arts in Education and Politics from Teachers College, Columbia University, a Masters of Science in Teaching Urban Adolescents with Disabilities from Long Island University, and a Bachelor of Arts  in Political Science from New York University.

Shari currently lives in Los Angeles, California where she enjoys yoga, hiking, and basking in the LA sun.


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