Meet the Chief of the ASD

Dr. Sharon W. Griffin

Dr. Sharon W. Griffin currently serves as the Chief of the Achievement School District. This is in addition to her joint role as the Assistant Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Education’s Office of School Turnaround. She is the first person to serve in this current joint position.
Dr. Griffin brings to this position her 25 plus years of educational experience as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director, and regional school district superintendent.

Dr. Griffin most recently served as the first Chief of Schools for Shelby County Schools District in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2012, she became the first African-American female Regional Superintendent of the Innovation Zone for Shelby County Schools. In 2013, she successfully led the Memphis City Schools’ Innovation Zone (iZone) to dramatic improvements in student proficiency scores by surpassing State proficiency scores in all subjects. As a result, the iZone Schools achieved double-digit gains in Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies for three consecutive years.

In 2015, she was the first Supervisor in West Tennessee to be awarded Tennessee Department of Education “Supervisor of the Year” for the state’s Grand Division and “Supervisor of the Year” 2015-16 for the West Grand Division.
In March 2017, she was the first recipient in West Tennessee to be nationally recognized by Education Week (EdWeek), as one of only 14 educators identified as a “Leader to Learn from.”

A proud graduate and current adjunct professor at the University of Memphis, Dr. Griffin’s school turnaround work is being implemented and published as effective “best” practices to train school leaders.

Dr. Griffin is an inspirational trailblazer and a devoted public servant whose passion for investing in and improving the lives of youth inspires educators, leaders, and citizens alike.
She currently resides in Memphis with her husband of 21 years, Jessie Jr.