Dr. Sharon L Contreras

Guilford Public Schools
12 N. Eugene St.
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401

(336) 370-8992


An advocate for providing high quality education to all children, Sharon Contreras began her career as a high school English teacher in Rockford, Illinois, then went on to serve as a principal, area superintendent, assistant superintendent, and chief academic officer.

After holding senior leadership positions in large, urban school districts in Georgia and Rhode Island, Sharon became superintendent of the Syracuse City School District (SCSD) on July 1, 2011. Not only is she the first female superintendent of the SCSD, but she is also the first woman of color in the history of New York State to serve as superintendent of one of the Big 5 districts. Sharon is currently the Superintendent of Guilford Public Schools in North Carolina.

Sharon has degrees from the SUNY Binghamton and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sharon serves on numerous Boards and Councils, and is a well-regarded and sought after speaker on education reform, equity and instruction, at the state and national level. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her civic and professional leadership.