Shanelle Williams is passionate about equity and closing the achievement gap to ensure that all children have access to the same quality education.
Before joining CLASI, Shanelle started her career in education as a Teach for America corps member teaching Kindergarten and First Grade in the Greater Philadelphia area. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she also competed in Track and Field. She still holds the school records in the 60m and 100m hurdles. Shanelle earned her Masters of Education from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and performed graduate work in Cape Town, South Africa and Swaziland. She graduated from Widener University-Delaware Law in May of 2020 where she was a member of the Black Law Students Association. Shanelle is originally from Saint Louis, Missouri.
One of her favorite quotes: “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” – James Baldwin