Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat
Peoria Public Schools District 150 (IL)
It is with great pleasure to introduce Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat. Within one decade she earned her bachelor and master’s degrees at Bradley University and later her doctorate from Illinois State University. She has worn many educational hats: working for the Tri County Urban League, as a middle school teacher, the principal of the U.S. Department Blue Ribbon Award winning Whittier Primary School, assistant principal of Roosevelt Magnet School, and principal of Manual Academy -- all before becoming the Transformation Officer for Springfield Public Schools, then the Danville Associate Superintendent and currently the Superintendent of Peoria Public Schools.
Dr. Kherat has earned many awards for her intense efforts to move students forward. In 2016, she was the Common Place Love in Action Award Recipient and the Hult Center for Healthy Living Illinois Educator of the Year. She was the leader in the State of Illinois out of twenty-two schools to show double digit gains in reading as well as math to help attain “safe Harbor” status under the No Child Left Behind Act for Manual Academy. She is an experienced grant writer obtaining millions of dollars in school improvement funds for the districts she has served. She was given the “Most Valuable Citizen Award” by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Peoria in 2016. She earned the U.S. Department of Education’s Exemplary Leadership Award and many other accolades.
But in addition to her leadership roles in education, Dr. Kherat has also been very involved in the Peoria community. She was recently named to the Board of Trustees at Bradley University. She is on the Heart of Illinois United Way Board of Directors, an active member of the Tri-County Urban League, on the steering committee for Women United (a part of the United Way), a part of the College of Education and Health Sciences Advisory Council at Bradley University, a leader in bringing Alignment Peoria to our community and is always guest speaking at community events.