About Me


Hello! I am Sharon Dunlevy

 

Foster Care Educational Advocate and Trainer

As an educational advocate, I work with students and their schools to ensure that the students have the best chance of succeeding in their school career. This includes helping them receive special education services as needed and learning the skills they need to transition to a college or career after leaving care.

 

In the course of my work, I found that family members (bio and foster) had need of my services as much as the students. Plus, foster families always need training hours to maintain their foster care licenses. With my MA and Doctorate, I am qualified to provide these training hours! So I decided to train foster parents in the best practices for caring for children in foster care. As I am able to bridge the gap between the world of education and the world of social work, I can offer unique courses that can help foster parents advocate for their students in schools and provide trauma-informed care in their homes, without burning out!

 

Family is the most important thing in my life!

I am a true Army brat. I even lived overseas in Belgium when I was in 4th through 8th grade. My parents took advantage of every move to introduce my sister and I to new cultures and experiences.

 

Now, I am married with one adult child and two dogs. We followed my parents' example and created experiences for our child when we could, including hosting foreign exchange students. We have hosted 3 students in the past and will be hosting 2 students this year!!!

 

I am a lifelong learner.

I graduated from Syracuse University with a dual degree in religion and inclusive education. I also have a Master of Arts in Theological Studies and a Doctor of Ministry in Family Ministry from United Theological Seminary. After leaving the ministry, I completed the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) fellowship at the Riley Child Development Center. Finally, to better advocate for my students, I recently completed a graduate level Education Law Certificate through Indiana University.

 

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