Shelia McDaniels is a New Orleans native. She has always been fascinated with numbers and science. For that reason, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science with a minor in Chemistry from the Illustrious Paine College, an HBCU in Georgia. After her undergraduate years, she enrolled at Purdue University and earned a Master’s in Aerospace Engineering.
In 2009, Shelia transitioned from industry to education. She began her career journey in education at T.W. Josey High School in Augusta, Georgia as a high school mathematics teacher. Later, Shelia relocated to Texas, where she served the students and families of Pasadena High School (PHS). During her seven years at PHS, she wore many hats, such as being a mathematics teacher, content team lead, new teacher mentor, curriculum writer, competency-based grading coordinator, and class sponsor. While working at PHS, Shelia earned her Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
In 2017, Shelia began her career at KIPP Texas at KIPP Generations Collegiate High School. During her four years at KIPP Generations, she served as an instructional coach, assistant principal, and principal in residence. Before being named school leader at KIPP 3D Academy, Shelia spent one year at KIPP Sharptown to learn more about the middle school experience.
Shelia truly believes that education is not just about teaching but about motivating, encouraging, inspiring, and, most importantly, exposing students to opportunities.