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Kentfield School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Sharra Weasler

1,720 votes (13.06%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Hiring and retaining the best possible teachers and administrators.
  • Every dollar spent has a clear impact on student learning.
  • Continuous improvement of our schools.



Montessori Teacher, Corte Madera Montessori School (2016–current)
Director of Products and Services, Coursemetric (1998–2001)


Montessori Teacher Training Institute of Northern California AMI Primary Montessori Diploma, Montessori (2014)


My passion has always been to improve our education system for all children and this passion has guided my educational and professional pursuits for the last 30 years.  At Stanford, I received a Bachelor’s degree in Education Economics and Policy, followed by a Master’s in Education and a teaching credential.  I had the great opportunity to help create and teach a truly integrated science curriculum to high school students. 

I later turned my attention to technology and worked at Yahoo on education products and services for middle and high school students and teachers.  This experience gave me a solid grasp on the potential and limitations of technology in education and helped me realize that I wanted to focus my attention on other aspects of education.

During a 5-year stint in Washington D.C. I worked in education reform.  I wrote a book targeted to low-income parents to help them navigate the robust, and somewhat confusing, school choice system there.  I also authored a report on the impact of high quality early childhood education.  Next, I worked with a national organization to implement education policies state by state that are focused on the best interests of students.  This experience helped me develop a clarifying “lens” for analyzing education policy – a lens that focuses exclusively on what is best for the students.

Most recently I discovered Montessori education through my children’s preschool experience.  I found this holistic philosophy reflected my instincts about child development, and also mirrored the current research in education and child psychology and development.  And I knew from my time in D.C. the importance of high quality education for this age group. I became certified in Primary Montessori education which focuses on children aged 3-6 years.  I currently teach at Corte Madera Montessori school. 

I also have dedicated my volunteer time in the past to public schools.  When my son attended a public elementary school in San Francisco, I served on the site council and on the PTA fundraising committee.  I worked to increase parent feedback by moving our annual feedback process online.  I designed and executed the online survey and helped analyze the results.  This effort helped guide the PTA fundraising priorities for the following year.

My varied experiences give me a wide range of perspectives from which to draw when analyzing issues facing our school district.  I know that technology can be a powerful tool but is not always the right education solution.  I know that funding our enrichment classes, aides, etc is critical but I also know that more money isn’t always the answer.  I know that excellent teachers, administrators and other staff are our schools’ #1 asset.  I know that developing a sense of purpose is one of the most important things we can offer our children. 

We moved to Marin and have now spent 2 years in the Kentfield school district.  I know that serving on the school board is where I want to spend my volunteer time.  I would be honored to be a trustee and to ensure that Kentfield Schools are providing all our students with the best possible education experience. 

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