Dr. Sharon W. Griffin

Chief of the ASD

Dr. Sharon W. Griffin currently serves as the Assistant Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Education’s Office of School Turnaround and Chief of the Achievement School District.  Dr. Griffin brings to this position her 25 plus years of educational experience as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, director, and regional superintendent.

She is the first person to serve in this position.

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”.

As a proud graduate of the University of Memphis (Spring 2012), and currently an adjunct professor at the university, she was the first doctoral student, in the Department of Leadership, to complete an autoethnography dissertation entitled, “The Transformation of a Low Performing Middle School into a High Performing Middle School.” Her work in school turnaround is now 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.