Ms. Jacker's Bio
Sharon Jacker grew up near Chicago, and after graduating summa cum laude from Smith College in 2003 with degrees in Latin American Studies and Luso-Brazilian Studies, she moved to Brooklyn in 2007. She came to work for the New York City Department of Education to help a new, small high school get off of the ground and develop sustainable systems, and has been doing just that ever since. Her interest in education started when she volunteered in Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil and Honduras with Amigos de las Americas, a youth leadership non-profit, and saw first hand that learning in community was at the root of any lasting social change. In the NYC DOE, she started at the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School as it moved from landlocked Bushwick to Governors Island, then was a member of the founding team of a feeder middle school, Urban Assembly Unison School before joining the AFSE team. Sharon has worked as a tutor, translator, and editor, but always finds her way back to organizational development. Prioritizing the administrative work that happens behind the scenes allows educators to focus on instruction, and Sharon gets excited about streamlining processes to increase efficiency. Critical and detail oriented, Sharon applies these same approaches whether planning a trip with family, volunteering to help run a religious group, or searching online for yoga classes and dessert menus.