MEET DR. SHARLA & DR. TONI
Dr. Sharla Horton-Williams is a 20-year educator and leader with a passion for equity and social justice. She has served as a teacher, teacher leader, assistant principal, and principal in private, public charter, and traditional public schools. She also has extensive non-profit management experience with various Dallas-Fort Worth area education-adjacent organizations. Sharla is a respected educator, sought-after presenter and public speaker, and trusted community leader. She currently serves as a full-time education consultant and also holds volunteer committee and board leadership roles with Trinity Valley School, Leadership ISD, Educational First Steps, and Trinity Metro, the Fort Worth-area transit authority. Sharla earned a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of North Texas, a Master of Education from Lamar University, and a Doctor of Education from Texas A&M University where she researched the school leader's role in educational equity and justice. She is a mom of 3, a dog mom of two, and loves tacos, travel, and Target.
"I am on a mission to achieve a socially and racially just society and to ensure that every student of color has culturally literate and highly competent teachers and leaders who are equipped and committed to equity and excellence. Our kids deserve it. Our world needs it."
Dr. Toni Harrison-Kelly is a fifteen-year teaching veteran, having taught science, technology, engineering and mathematics at both the elementary and secondary levels. Toni is also an education consultant, having worked with a variety of community partners, including KERA, the Dallas-area PBS affiliate, and Southern Methodist University, where she currently serves as Executive Director of the Budd Center at the Simmons School of Education. She is also a highly-rated presenter, having trained nearly 1,500 parents and educators to date at local, state and national conferences. Toni earned a Bachelor of Science from University of North Texas, a Master of Education in Educational Technology-Leadership from Texas A&M-Commerce, and a Doctor of Education from Texas A&M University where she researched using gamification to achieve equitable student engagement in the middle school classroom.
"My goal in this work is to help teachers give students what I didn't have - an education that centered and valued all of me, one where I felt connected and represented in every part of my educational experience!"