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Sheila Briggs

Principal Consultant
Sheila Briggs

Sheila Briggs joins Education First after three decades of service in our public school systems. She works on the Engaged Students team and is passionate about supporting systems leaders in redesigning to better meet the needs of ALL kids, particularly those students that we have traditionally failed.  

She joins with Education First in envisioning a world in which every student is prepared to succeed—a world in which income and race no longer determine the quality of education. Sheila was a first generation college student, and she has spent her entire career focusing on improving our systems by designing for students on the margins.  

Prior to coming to Education First, she was a teacher, principal, central office administrator, and most recently, Assistant State Superintendent of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  Sheila got her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis and did her doctoral research on the impact of racial consciousness in two high achieving urban districts.  

After work, if you can’t find Sheila backpacking, paddling, snowboarding, scuba diving or hiking you will likely find her documenting the family adventures in many detailed scrapbooks. She and her husband and both kids have their blackbelts in TaeKwonDo.


Accelerate Academic Success

Transform the Teaching Profession

Research for Action

Systems coaching around HQIM implementation

Recent clients


Texas Education Agency

Delaware Department of Education

Ohio Department of Education

Walton Family Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Sheila likes

Backpacking in the Grand Canyon 2016

Army mom