Shayna Sullivan, PhD


Pronouns: she/her

Dr. Shayna Sullivan began her career in education as a high school English teacher in her hometown of Vallejo, California. Since then, she has taught in a variety of PK–12 and higher education contexts. She has worked extensively in teacher education and taught a variety of teacher preparation courses (e.g. Adolescent Development, Equity and Schooling, English Curriculum and Instruction, and Supporting Students with Special Needs) at Stanford University’s Teacher Education Program. As a consultant, Shayna has provided program evaluation and professional development to a variety of educational organizations, such as the Association for California School Administrators (ACSA) and Rural Education and Development (READ).

Shayna received her PhD in Developmental and Psychological Sciences within Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, where her research focused on racial identity development within school contexts. With additional expertise in equitable and inclusive learning environments for diverse groups of students, her current research and career interests include critical and culturally relevant pedagogy within teacher education and bridging the gap between educational research and practice.

When not working with educators, Shayna enjoys spending time with her family and watching her two children play sports. Along with her husband, she manages the Bay Area Grays baseball organization, which is a youth tournament baseball team dedicated to honoring the historic Negro Leagues and encouraging Black and Brown youths to excel on and off the diamond.