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Ms. Cheri Shannon

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  • PhD. , Educational Leadership
    University of Nebraska
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Directory of State Charter School Associations « HighMark School Development, 19 Mar 2015 [cached]
Cheri Shannon - President & CEO
> University Prep founder ... [cached]
> University Prep founder Cheri Shannon acknowledged Thursday > that the school has had some issues in its opening weeks > and said some students have left voluntarily. But she
> Shannon said there was no falling out. She had been busy > getting the school running.
> Shannon denied sending students back to their home schools. > However, she acknowledged that some parents have elected to > withdraw their children.
> In some cases, even though Shannon had gone through with > the withdrawal paperwork and filled the child's seat, the > parent kept sending the child. Shannon said she had to
> Shannon said.
> Shannon said she would talk with staff Thursday evening.
> One teacher did quit after a student knocked her over, > Shannon said. The school's director of curriculum also > resigned.
FCSA - Staff Members, 8 Sept 2012 [cached]
Cheri Shannon
Cheri Shannon
President & CEO
Cheri has more than 8 years of experience providing leadership to charter schools. Prior to this position, Cheri served as Principal and Superintendent of University Academy Charter School in Kansas City, a K-12 public charter school serving a predominantly low-income student population, she became well-aware of the challenges that charter school leaders face on a daily basis. More recently, she served as Executive Director of the Missouri Charter Public School Association, where she worked to tear down many roadblocks, such as funding inequities and opposition from traditional public schools, in an effort to ensure every student had access to the best possible education. While at the Association, she also effectively developed and implemented training programs for charter school leaders and created CharterStart - a quality development program that provides knowledge and technical assistance to charter petitioners.
Prior to immersing herself in the charter school world, Cheri held a number of different positions in education. She served as Associate Superintendent of the Kansas City Missouri School District where she provided leadership and supervision for the Curriculum and Instruction Department, supervised 36 principals K-12; authored the KCMSD Focus Schools Accountability Plan and the Accreditation Strategic Plan; provided monthly educational reports to the Board of Education; and developed and managed a $52.8 million budget.
She was also an elementary and middle school teacher for ten years before taking on roles such as Director of Curriculum and Director of Professional Development in the state of Missouri. She holds a PhD. in Educational Leadership from the University of Nebraska.
The experience and skillset that Cheri brings with her to the Alliance make her a valuable asset for families in Florida who are depending on access to the high quality public school of their choice and as well as to schools who are looking for guidance. She is dedicated to providing a unified voice, support and commitment to quality when it comes to charter schools in Florida.
On a personal note, Cheri has two grown daughters that she likes to keep in touch with when she's not in the office or on the road.
Cheri Shannon, director of ..., 30 April 2010 [cached]
Cheri Shannon, director of Missouri Charter Public School Association, said the issue emphasizes the continued need for quality sponsorship and strong accountability systems. "Nationally, the number one reason charters close is due to fiscal mismanagement," she said. "It's unfortunate that we now, in St. Louis and in Missouri, are part of that statistic. It's extremely disappointing."
Still, both Shannon and Nicastro credited St. Louis Public Superintendent Kelvin Adams for stepping in quickly to take over the school.
University Academy Website » About Us » Leadership, 16 July 2007 [cached]
Cheri Shannon, SuperintendentMs. Shannon began her career at University Academy as the first Lower School Principal.Prior to leading the Lower School program at UA, Ms. Shannon previously was Assistant Principal at Brookside Charter School.Ms. Shannon's other experience includes serving as Director-Title-I, ESEA for Blue Hills Homes Corporation, Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction for the KCMO School District, and as Executive Director of the Coalition of Essential Schools Regional Center.Ms. Shannon's educational background includes a B.S. in Elementary Education from Southwest Missouri State University and an M.S. in Educational Administration from Arizona State University.She is currently completing work for her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Nebraska.
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