Sheresa Blanchard has been a practitioner and consultant in early childhood, special education, and early intervention for over 10 years. A native of New Jersey, her professional career is primarily in North Carolina as a special education teacher, NC Rated License assessor and early interventionist. She received Masters (Birth through Kindergarten) and Doctoral (Specialized Education Services) degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. From 2012-2013, she was a member of the North Carolina Early Learning and Development Standards Advisory Team who coordinated the creation of the North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development.
Currently, she is an assistant professor in birth through kindergarten at East Carolina University in the Department of Human Development and Family Science with a focus on family/community engagement, cultural reciprocity, and improving teacher preparation competencies. Her work is through the lenses of equity, diversity, and social justice.
In addition to her appointment to the North Carolina Early Childhood Association board, she is actively engaged with the NC Early Intervention systemic improvement efforts, the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) VOICES Social Justice Council, and other local, regional, and national early childhood initiatives.