Vashaunta Harris

Vashaunta Harris

2021 NACSA Leader

Vashaunta Harris: Chief, Access & Equity, South Carolina Public Charter School District

Vashaunta Harris is a native South Carolinian born into a family of ministers and educators. After graduating from College of Charleston, she began her career in education as a 2008 Teach For America Baltimore corps member teaching high school biology and chemistry with Baltimore City Public Schools. After completing a master’s program at Johns Hopkins, she joined Scholar Academies charter management organization as an operations coordinator/manager serving schools in PA, DC, NJ, and TN. She then served DC Public Schools by way of Director of Strategic School Operations. Currently, Vashaunta is enjoying being back in her home state of SC and serving the South Carolina Public Charter School District as Chief of Access & Equity. Vashaunta enjoys morning coffee (vanilla soy lattes or café Americano), beach vacations with her family, Game of Thrones (though the final season was a bit disappointing), and cooking new recipes.

Most Recent Posts
Closing the DEI Gap in Authorizing
According to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, 68% of charter school students are students of color and nearly 59% come from lower-income households. Unfortunately, most educational organizations, including...
New School Application
What’s possible today? Who can start new, high-quality, innovative, and equitable schools? Is it possible for community members, talented educators, or the next generation of leaders to start a new...
Third Thursdays
NACSA provides professional development opportunities, online courses, resources, and publications that are specifically designed to help authorizers and other school leaders grow and network. Third Thursdays, an ongoing virtual learning...