SHAWN SHACKELFORD, Trustee
Shawn Shackelford has been an educator for over 20 years, starting his career as an English teacher in the Detroit Public Schools, and neighboring Southfield Public Schools in Southfield, Michigan. Shawn has served as an administrator in Southfield Public Schools, Duval County Schools in Jacksonville, Florida, and Boston Public Schools in Boston, Massachusetts, and has been a principal at all levels. Currently, he is the principal at Central Middle School in Port Huron, Michigan.
He has a background in implementing strategies aligned with national and local guidelines for Turnaround school reform in Florida and Massachusetts. At Central, Shawn has successfully implemented Schoolwide Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (SWPBIS) and created a Refocus Room: a safe space for students that uses asset-based practices to create an inclusive environment that quickly re-engages students in the learning process. In addition, his work includes the school’s partnership with Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Supports (MIBLSI), in a state/national equity pilot which provides professional development on mitigating implicit bias through equitable practices.
Shawn presented at the 2018 National PBIS Leadership Forum in Chicago, IL as a part of University of Oregon professor Kent McIntosh’s presentation, “Neutralizing Implicit Bias in School Discipline.” In June 2019, he was the Keynote Speaker at the Missouri Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support Summer Institute. His Keynote Address, “Closing the Gap: Lessons in Equity and Grace,” outlined his school’s success in addressing the disparity in the discipline of black and white students. As a result of this work, Shawn created a male mentoring group for African American boys at Central.
In November 2019, Shawn was honored by the Port Huron Branch of the NAACP with the Youth Sustainability Leadership Award. In February 2020, Macomb Celebration of Black Excellence awarded Shawn the Educational Impact Award.
Shawn serves as a member of the Grants Committee and Equity and Inclusion Fund Committee for the St. Clair County Community Foundation. He is also a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
He holds a B.A in English from The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, M.A. in Educational Administration and Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Shawn and his wife Jill reside in Clinton Township, Michigan with their three daughters, Renee, and twins, Olivia and Violet.