Shawn Bender
School Improvement Leadership Coach


Shawn Bender is a school improvement leadership coach at SREB, where he works with principals, assistant principals, and instructional leaders to better the conditions for teaching and learning within districts and schools. He joined SREB in 2018, bringing more than 17 years of experience in the public education sector. He was an elementary school teacher in New York and Georgia for four years before transforming teaching practices as principal at Perkerson Elementary school in Atlanta. He also worked for School by Design to help schools and district use their resources more efficiently to find time during the school day for teacher and student learning. He is a past member of New Leaders for New Schools and a KIPP Fisher Fellow.

Shawn holds a bachelor’s of science in behavioral science from Mercy College and a master’s in childhood education from Brooklyn College, and a specialist degree in education administration from the University of West Georgia. He lives in Atlanta.