- BA Education and Sociology - University of Memphis
MEd Curriculum and Instruction - Christian Brothers University
EdD Educational Leadership and Policy Studies - University of Memphis
Dissertation: When We Thrive: Exploring the Identities of Black STEM Teachers During Their Teacher Preparation Experience
Dr. Sherita Flake, a Memphis native, is a Senior Professorial Lecturer and the City Teaching Alliance Program Liaison at American University. She is dedicated to urban education and is known for her cultural identity research in STEM and leadership. As a wife and mother of three daughters, her family's experiences underscored the importance of cultural identities and agency. Dr. Flake's research and personal journey influenced her conceptual framework on cultural identity, benefiting historically marginalized groups.
Before American University, she served as Clinical Faculty of Mathematics at Johns Hopkins University and worked in K-12 school districts across Tennessee, Virginia, Michigan, and DC. She actively participated in educational committees, including ETS Standards Setting Committees, Maryland State Department of Education Expert Review Team, OSSE’s Review Team, and earned prestigious awards such as the Governor's Award of Excellence in Virginia, EPIC Gold status in Tennessee, and the Bryan K. Ingram Award for Leadership at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Flake, along with her youngest daughter, Makenzie, co-authored "Stem Includes Me," a publication aiming to help all students discover their identities in STEAM careers.
EDU-752 Sm Grp Math Practicum (Elem)
EDU-280 Social Justice & Urban Educ