Dr. Sharon Cochrane serves as the Tennessee networks and east team special projects director for NIET. As part of this role, she supports the Tennessee Rural Acceleration and Innovation Network (TRAIN), a group of districts committed to working together to address the unique challenges rural educators face and share best practices grounded in grassroots experiences and implementation.
Prior to joining NIET, Sharon partnered with districts to improve student outcomes as an academic consultant in the south central region for the Tennessee Department of Education. She also brings over 16 years of classroom teaching experience ranging from pre-K to adult education. She pairs that passion for instruction with her Carnegie Networked Improvement Leadership training to support educators to best leverage systems, structures, resources, and stakeholders to improve student outcomes.
Sharon earned her Bachelor of Science in secondary education and a Ph.D. in exceptional learning with a concentration in literacy at Tennessee Technological University.