Chief of Programs, OST, Belmont Charter Network

Shanisha has worked in all facets of after school programming while managing multiple grants and funding sources.  For the past ten years, Shanisha developed and managed a daily Out of School Time program for 300+ students along with coordinating and partnering with over 25 outreach programs and organizations.

Questions with Shanisha

When did you join Belmont Charter Network?

2011

Where did you go to school? What was your major/degree?

Newbury College, Bachelor of Arts in Communication

What drew you to Belmont’s mission?

I grew up an “after school” kid and I’m committed to meeting people where they are and helping those around me aspire to excellence which pretty much encompasses what Belmont is all about. Belmont’s “It takes a Village” is something I’m proud to be part of.

What makes Belmont a special place/what do you like best about working here?

Belmont allows for individualism and creativity. It’s a very “go for it” organization. The autonomy to do great things is very special. Our students have had very diverse experiences because we have allowed our teachers and staff to share their hobbies and gifts.

What’s your favorite memory at Belmont Charter Network?

My favorite memory would have to be back in 2012 when we put on The Wiz production. It was very low budget; it was in June so it was 110 degrees in the auditorium. Those big industrialized fans were just blowing around hot air, but it was special. That day captured our future in dance and theater while keeping true to the community in the moment. It was beautiful.

What is the greatest challenge you face in your role and how do you overcome it?

The greatest challenge is setting new goals, reaching new heights, and understanding that every day truly is a new day. Yesterday is gone and kids are here right now and they are deserving of our best, right now, today.

What is one piece of advice you would give to Belmont students?

Use your voice. Speak up. You may wind up being loud and wrong, but at least you won’t be unheard. Someone will correct you.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Philadelphia?

My favorite thing to do is to attend as many festivals as possible. Philadelphia’s festival season is joy in motion.

When you were your students’ age, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A writer.