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Shameka Gerald

Vice President of Learning

Dr. Shameka N. Gerald is a disruptor and visionary who believes in addressing the real challenges we face in education head-on. As the Vice President of Learning for Pharrell Williams’ education non-profit YELLOW, Dr. Gerald isn't just at the helm of transformation; she works alongside her community every day, co-creating learning environments deeply rooted in the principles of liberation and freedom. She's all about action – using data to craft human-centered experiences that disrupt traditional education by shifting power structures and leading with authenticity and love.
Her strategic and inclusive approach is felt not only in the hallways of YELLOW’s inaugural school, YELLOWHAB, but also resonates on a national scale. Dr. Gerald has contributed to vital conversations about racial history and its impact on education, centering youth voices, co-creating culturally responsive learning environments, leading transformation, reimagining assessments and data, and fostering inclusive educational innovation. Her work as an educator has garnered honors, including the U.S. Department of Education’s American Star of Teaching and the Milken Virginia Teacher of Promise. While the recognition is appreciated, Shameka takes the greatest pride in the relationships she has built with young people, educators, and communities as they transform deficit narratives into a masterclass on how authenticity and love can shift paradigms.
Her journey from community college to receiving a Ph.D. reflects her deep belief in the potential within every learner. Dr. Gerald is an educator and a freedom dreamer, dedicated to ensuring that the brilliance of every young person is recognized and nurtured. Her authenticity, insights, and methodologies challenge and inspire educational communities to rethink norms and embrace a future where every young person is a co-creator of their own success.

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Events featuring Shameka Gerald
Events featuring Shameka Gerald