The results of the election are in and as you know, I was unsuccessful in securing a victory this time.
I am encouraged by all the messages to keep going, to run again, not to give up, and most importantly that you still believe in me.
I am so grateful for all 31,542 votes, every donation, every door knocker, every lit dropper, every meet-n-greet, every interaction, and every endorsement.
My core team carried me all the way through and for that I am so grateful!
Samantha, Treyvon, Georgett, Jordan, Shara, Erlene, Alan, Shawn Sr. and Shawn Jr.
- 2016 - 2020: Founded the Thomasboro Foundation
- 2017 - present: Founded the Charlotte Community Think Tank (Think Tank) (formerly the Westside Education Think Tank)
- 2017 - 2019: Served on the Project LIFT Parent Advisory Board
- 2017 - 2018: Vice President, West Charlotte Parent Teacher Association
- 2018: - present: Joined the North Carolina Association of Educators (affiliate member)
- 2018: - Think Tank hosted community conversation - Is Education the New Civil Right?
- 2019: - Marched in Raleigh with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Association of Educators (MORE...)
- 2019: - present Appointed to the CMS Bond Oversight Committee
- 2019: - 2023 Served on the CMS Title1 Advisory Committee
- 2019: - 2020 Vice President, West Charlotte Parent Teacher Association
- 2020: - 2021 Parent, Teacher & Community Committee Member & Parent Excellence Team- West Charlotte High School
- 2020: - Think Tank identified the Community Schools Model as a solution to close the achievement gap
- 2021: - present Think Tank partnered with Communities in Schools to secure funding for exploration of Community Schools Model
- 2022: - 2023 Guest Lecturer at University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Cato College of Education
MORE ABOUT SHAMAIYE
Shamaiye started her journey to improve Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools in 2016 when two of her children were enrolled in a Title 1 school on the west side of Charlotte. She saw first hand how the disparities and the achievement gaps are stifling to communities of low social economic status. She started The Charlotte Community Think Tank to examine solutions to the complex issues and to uplift the community's voice.
She is running to create change at the school level where the lives of families and children are most impacted.
We must partner with parents and every facet of our community to develop a high performing school system that will chart a path for success for every child.
Shamaiye is Committed to the 4 C's
Every great endeavor starts with commitment. Shamaiye's commitment is to listen, care and connect with parents, teachers, students, leaders, and neighborhoods.
Schools should be the center of a community and neighbors should see their school as an asset and a place not only where robust learning is taking place but also a hub for community support and vision.
Changes are necessary to improve the education outcomes and experiences for families and the children in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools. A culture shift is needed so that we are working together to save public education and our schools system locally.
Shamaiye cares tremendously about the future of public schools and increasing achievement for our students.