Socorro Shiels

Sonoma Valley Unified School District

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Ms. Shiels serves as the Director of Education for the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) where along with Dr. Aida Molina will plan and execute the massive project of vetting all of technical assistance providers who will want to work for the CCEE.

Ms. Shiels most recently served as the Superintendent of Santa Rosa City School (SRCS) District located in Sonoma County, California. She left in her fourth year leading the district that serves over 16,000 students across 25 school sites. She has nearly 20 years of public education experience at the administrative and classroom level. Her proudest accomplishments in SRCS includes an empowering district culture shift to restorative justice for the entire school community as well as creating a strategic plan that included all community stakeholders with a commitment to college and career readiness for each student. That inclusive strategic plan has been the bedrock for a meaningful and authentic LCAP document and process.

Additionally, Ms. Shiels led the district team as a strong partner in the collective impact movement and mindset across Sonoma County to ensure community health, economic stability and educational attainment at all organizational levels. She brought a focus to growing community schools across the district to ensure thriving and powerful students, families and communities. Additionally, she served on the Instructional Quality Commission for the California Department of Education and as a representative for the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT). She continues to serve Sonoma County as a First Five Commissioner, as well as a member of the county’s Health Action Board and Upstream Investment Team. She continues to serve the city of Santa Rosa as a member of the City’s Violence Prevention Partnership and a Board member for the California Cities Violence Prevention Network. She earned a Master of Arts degree in educational leadership from California State University, East Bay and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Bowdoin College.

Ms. Shiels is located at the Sonoma County office of Education’s Amarosa Academy in Santa Rosa.