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Sharon Lawrence’s path to the School District of Philadelphia has taken many turns along the way. After graduating from Siena College, she began her career as a research technician for Kimberly-Clark Research and Development, first working in filter papers, and then transitioning to programming hand-held devices for use during new product trials in the paper mills. After a year, she headed off to an MA/Ph.D program at Indiana University Bloomington. Two years later, she left for Europe to complete her doctoral research on a succession of fellowships at Kossuth Lajos University, the Hungarian Academy of Science, and Warsaw University. After leaving Warsaw, she won two successive grants from the Berlin Senat at the Free University in Berlin, where she also worked part time in marketing/sales and as a translator.
Her interest in becoming an educator developed quickly after moving to Chile with her family. She signed on as a teacher and translator at the Instituto Chileno Norteamericano de Cultura and soon discovered that she loved teaching, engaging with her students, and learning about their lives. When she returned to the United States, she entered education in earnest, committed to making a difference in the lives of young people. Along the way, Sharon earned a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts. She worked in education as a teacher in Massachusetts and Mississippi, then as an administrator in New York and Connecticut before joining the Ed Tech team.