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Michele Elyse Shannon

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Michele Elyse Shannon
Michele Elyse Shannon has been promoted to Chief of Schools for the Boston Public Schools.

Michele Elyse Shannon has been promoted to Chief of Schools for the Boston Public Schools. In her new position, Shannon oversees the team of instructional superintendents, formerly known as principal leaders, and supports principals and headmasters in their in their goal of eliminating the achievement gap and providing quality instruction to all students.

Shannon previously served as assistant superintendent of Leadership Development.

Shannon has been a teacher, school social worker, assistant principal, and principal in the New York City Department of Education. She founded Pathways College Preparatory School in New York City. Shannon was a member of the inaugural cohort of the Doctor of Educational Leadership program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. While at Harvard, she co-founded Pursue Excellence, LLC, a low-profit education reform organization dedicated to supporting schools and districts in their use of data to improve outcomes for students.

Shannon led the leadership development team for Los Angeles Unified School District for three years. She currently serves as a coach and teacher at the Data Wise Project at Harvard and on the faculty of the Summer Principals Academy at Teacher’s College. Michele is the founder of Measure Excellence Consulting, LLC an organization committed to supporting leaders, schools and districts in their efforts to engage in continuous learning and improvement.

Shannon graduated from John Adams High School in Ozone Park, NY. She received her Bachelors of Science in Sociology from Bernard Baruch College in New York. She received a Masters of Social Work from Hunter College in New York and an advanced certificate in School Leadership from the New York City Leadership Academy. Michele received a doctorate in Educational Leadership at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2013 and most recently received an advanced certificate in School District Leadership from Queens College, CUNY.

Shannon lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.