Sharon Scott-Chandler, ESQ Should Be On Short List For Next Massachusetts Commissioner of Early Education and Care
As we celebrate Tom Weber’s service to the department of Early Education and Care and wish him the best on his future endeavors when his tenure as commissioner ends in June, we must also think about the future.
One individual who immediately comes to mind as a potential next Massachusetts EEC commissioner is Sharon Scott-Chandler, ESQ.
Sharon Scott-Chandler has been working on improving early education and related issues impacting children and families in Massachusetts for decades and her record and resume are impressive. Here are some highlights from her official bio which can be found here: https://bostonabcd.org/leadership_member/sharon-scott-chandler-esq/ (The photo attached to this post Is from this bio)
“She is the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of Boston ABCD.
From 2007-2010, Governor Deval Patrick appointed her Chair of the Board of the Massachusetts Early Education & Care Department,
In 2017, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker appointed Scott-Chandler to the Black Advisory Commission, which advises on issues relating to the economic prosperity and well-being of Massachusetts’ black community.
She serviced as Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Before that she was an associate at Morrison, Mahoney & Miller law firm in Boston, and a legislative aide to U.S. Congressman Sidney R. Yates in Washington, D.C..
She is a Trustee of the Urban College of Boston and a member of the Board of Directors for Cradles to Crayons, MADCA and MASSCAP
Scott-Chandler received her law degree from Northeastern University Law School and her bachelor’s degree in political science from Tufts University”
Few potential candidates can match that resume; but it is not just her resume that stands out. I have known Scott-Chandler for over a dozen years. In my experience knowing her, Sharon Scott-Chandler is as genuine, friendly, intelligent, and hard working as it gets. I’ve seen Sharon speak at dozens of early education related events and she always demonstrating her intellect, communication skills, and passion to help young children and their families. She also has the ability to network and get people to work together to reach common goals. Don’t just take my word for it, here are two videos of Sharon Scott Chandler on The Boston Neighborhood Network
Here is a video of her as part of a panel on the show Urban Update
Here she is on another network discussing pathways out of poverty
Last fall she was even named one is our early education power brokers in the Boston area.
note: I do not know if Sharons Scott Chandler would even be interested in the job, nor have I reached out to her about it. This post is merely stating thar she should be seriously considered for the job.