B.A. in Liberal Arts, Social Sciences Concentration from College of New Rochelle; M.S. in Education, Teaching Urban Adolescents with Disabilities from Long Island University. Sharon Stephens began her education career in the NYC Department of Education at Benjamin Banneker Academy where she served as the Coordinator of Special Education and founding member of the school wide professional development team. At Banneker, she taught English and managed the Resource Room for five years. Sharon also taught Literacy, English, and ESL at the Young Adult Borough Center (YABC) in Brooklyn, NY, an alternative program for students ages 17 to 21, during the past four years. Additionally, at YABC she served as the Regents Testing Coordinator, data inquiry team member and provided professional development training for teachers. Sharon was a member of the New York City Teaching Fellows. Recently, Sharon was asked to join the Children First Network 4 in New York. Serving as an Early Intervention Services Coordinator, she assists and supports 13 schools, elementary through high, achieve academic excellence for their students. She continues to teach English at YABC and aspires to create opportunities for teachers to be trained, supported, and held accountable to be at their best enabling all students to achieve without limitations.