Vashaunta Harris

Vashaunta Harris

2021 NACSA Leader

Vashaunta Harris: Chief, Access & Equity, South Carolina Public Charter School District

Vashaunta Harris is a native South Carolinian born into a family of ministers and educators. After graduating from College of Charleston, she began her career in education as a 2008 Teach For America Baltimore corps member teaching high school biology and chemistry with Baltimore City Public Schools. After completing a master’s program at Johns Hopkins, she joined Scholar Academies charter management organization as an operations coordinator/manager serving schools in PA, DC, NJ, and TN. She then served DC Public Schools by way of Director of Strategic School Operations. Currently, Vashaunta is enjoying being back in her home state of SC and serving the South Carolina Public Charter School District as Chief of Access & Equity. Vashaunta enjoys morning coffee (vanilla soy lattes or café Americano), beach vacations with her family, Game of Thrones (though the final season was a bit disappointing), and cooking new recipes.

Most Recent Posts
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