Superintendent of Schools

Guilford County Schools

Greensboro, NC

Sharon L. Contreras


Sharon Contreras was named superintendent of schools for Guilford County, NC, in September 2016. Previously, she served as superintendent of the Syracuse City School District in Syracuse, NY, for five years. Sharon became a principal at age 27 in the Rockford Public Schools in Rockford, IL, the district where she began her career as a high school English teacher. She has previously served as chief academic officer for both the Clayton County, GA, school district and the Providence, RI, school district, as well as assistant superintendent for pupil personnel services, principal, teacher. and curriculum specialist.

She is a graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy (2010), has made numerous presentations at the state and national level, and has won several awards for her civic and professional leadership.

She was raised in Long Island, NY, the seventh of ten children. She attended Binghamton University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. She has also earned a Master of Arts in Teaching, a Master of Arts in English Literature, and a Master of Science in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also completed her doctorate in educational leadership and policy.

Why I Value Learning Forward

As superintendent of one of the nation’s largest school systems, I have found that serving on the Learning Forward Board of Trustees has been incredibly valuable for me as a leader and for the more than 73,000 students I serve. The access to cutting-edge research and discussions with our profession’s leading thinkers and practitioners expands my vision, broadens my knowledge base and is accelerating our local district transformation initiatives.

— Sharon Contreras

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