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Shawna Wells, M.Ed.

Leadership Development

Shawna is an experienced senior leader in the education sector. Originally from Philadelphia, she has spent over 12 years studying and designing effective practices in schools and school systems. She is a passionate advocate for educational equity and is fiercely committed to inspiring and equipping school leadership teams to craft and execute ambitious visions and goals to improve outcomes in K-12 education. Shawna believes that clarity of vision, organizational alignment, and precise feedback are paramount to building effective and innovative school models. 

Most recently, as the Director of The Network at Building Excellent Schools, Shawna launched The Network, a national membership organization designed to train and support leaders in 20+ charter management organizations from across the country. Shawna also serves as a Leadership Coach for the KIPP Foundation, where she is responsible for developing the skills, mindsets, and practices for a portfolio of system-level leaders. 

Before working as a leadership coach, Shawna was the founding Principal at KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School. Shawna began her career teaching for two years via Teach For America. After teaching, Shawna transitioned to KIPP Philadelphia Schools where she established the development office as a managing director, raising $1MM+ to support the growth of 10 schools. 

Shawna holds an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, an M.Ed. in Leadership and Administration from National Louis University, and a B.A. in English and Education from the University of Vermont.