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Shawna Fagbuyi

NSIP Board Secretary, SAM Principal

Shawna is a transformational educator and executive. She has been a principal for 12 years and a SAMs principal for 6 years. She is a proud graduate of Howard University with a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She is also a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland with a focus in Educational Leadership and Policy.

Shawna considers herself a cultural change agent, focusing on equity for students and families and inspiring communities to be lifelong learners. Among her other pursuits, she is the co-founder of Academic Chariot, an organization helping school leaders drive their family engagement. She is also the author of The Virtual Parent University Playbook, written during the pandemic to guide schools through establishing highly effective parent universities that directly impact student achievement. Ultimately, Shawn is an expert in leading large, cross-functional initiatives, systemic problem-solving, and influencing change in politically charged organizations.

Shawna joined the NSIP board of directors in 2021 as one of two SAM practitioners on the board. She is most proud of being the mother of three dynamic scholar-athletes and artists and celebrates life within their large multicultural family. She connects with the family atmosphere and professional advocacy for school leaders that is fostered on the NSIP board. As the principal practitioner, she appreciates how the SAMs process has increased her efficiency and productivity as an instructional leader.

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