Shaun Dallas Dance is a passionate and dedicated educator from Richmond, Virginia, who has served at multiple levels in the educational system and is passionate about student achievement, issues of equity, school reform, and career/life preparation for all students. He is also a published author with several books in the field, including “Deliberate Excellence: Three Fundamental Strategies that Drive Educational Leadership” and “Imploded You-Niverse.”
For Dallas, a career in education was never the intended plan. He was employed as a Supervisor at Capital One while preparing for law school taking his time as he didn’t want to go into debt to earn his degree. It was at that point where teaching and mentorship became his passion and purpose through teaching to save money for law school. In less than two days, Dallas fell completely in love with education.
When the time came for Dallas to resign from his career in education and attend law school, his school promoted him to the position of Assistant Principal. He accepted the role and held it for two years before, again, deciding it was time to return to his own academic pursuits and enroll in law school. When he tried again to resign, he was promoted to Principal, and Dallas decided to stay in education as his excitement grew with the ability to impact more students. He always led with a service mentality.
By the time he was 30 years old, Shaun Dallas Dance was promoted to Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, a position which had him overseeing 110,000 students in the 25th largest school district in the country. He held this position for five years, during which time he provided new direction to revitalize the Baltimore County Public School System, and results were evident.
Dallas has also been called into different educational institutions to provide strategic guidance for meeting new and rigorous state standards, effectively saved $50M from a budget with no headcount reduction and has helped numerous districts achieve greater efficiency.
Shaun Dallas Dance graduated from Virginia Union University with his Bachelor of Arts in English. He then enrolled at the Virginia Commonwealth University, where he earned his Master of Education in Administration and Supervision. Dallas continued his education with the university and earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership. During his career between 2008 and 2017, he also served as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Richmond, Averett University, the University of Houston, and Virginia Commonwealth University. Dallas was also recognized as a White House Champion of Change under the Obama administration.