Sheryl Rabbitt is a veteran public-school educator with 30 years of education experience. She started her career as a high school English teacher in Rhode Island and, early on, became increasingly interested in understanding the inequities of school experiences across urban, suburban, and rural settings and between private and public institutions.
This led her to work with the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE) and its America’s Choice School Design initiative, a forerunner in the standards-based school reform movement. During her time working with NCEE in the New York City public schools, she developed programs that expressed her commitment to school design, systems thinking, and instructional best practices in service to all children. This work eventually brought her to Massachusetts, when she was selected to lead, in partnership with DESE, the first turnaround intervention work in the state, serving the then-chronically underperforming Kuss Middle School in Fall River. The ripple effect from this successful turnaround reached across the district and today the Fall River recovery continues to serve as a case study for effective, systemic public school redesign.
Over her career, she has served as a teacher, school redesign coach, turnaround consultant/partner, K-12 English language arts (ELA)/literacy supervisor, middle school principal, director of curriculum and instruction and Chief Academic Officer. She holds a B.A. in English Literature with a secondary school teaching endorsement and a minor in writing, as well as a Masters in Education with a focus on Educational Leadership from Rhode Island College. Mrs. Rabbitt is honored to join the team at SchoolWorks and MA DESE in the ongoing and collective commitment to the promise of American public schools.