Shamarla McCoy comes to Advocates for Children and Youth with a wealth of teaching experience in diverse urban learning communities. She has worked with the Delaware and the Baltimore City Public School systems as a K-12 World Languages Teacher specializing in Spanish. During her tenure, she advocated for student rights and used restorative practices to create a safe and positive learning environment for all students. As education policy director, she will monitor city, state and federal regulations and budget within the area of Pre-K-12 public education. She will also maintain, support and build collaborative relationships with city, state and federal advocacy and policy organizations that monitor laws, policies and budgets as well as to stay informed about new research and promising practices.
Shamarla earned her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Rutgers College and her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland’s Francis King Carey School of Law.