Sharon is a Director at EAB where she conducts research to support independent school partner success. Since joining the firm in September 2017, her research has focused on expanding the independent school enrollment funnel, risk management, optimizing use of financial aid, and today’s independent school parents, among other topics.
Prior to joining EAB, Sharon worked at several education technology firms, collaborating with school districts around the country to implement software related to college and career readiness and a platform for teacher observation and professional learning. Before that, she worked at the central office of Pittsburgh Public Schools on an initiative to improve school teaching and learning environments. Sharon previously spent several years as an adjunct English professor.
In her free time, Sharon enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Sharon holds a B.A. in English from Wellesley College and an M.A. in English from Stanford University.
Research and Insights
EAB’s new approach for independent school parents includes rethinking which parents they invest the most time with and how they serve them. In doing so, schools can develop lasting partnerships with their parent communities that can yield dividends in their enrollment and advancement efforts.
For heads of independent schools, intensive parenting has resulted in changing parent expectations and greater demands, which often require more resources from the school to satisfy.
With growing concerns about economic and demographic changes, price of tuition, and questions of the value of independent school education, financial sustainability is an issue for independent schools. Discover how independent schools can overcome demographic, enrollment, and affordability concerns to become more fiscally stable and sustainable.