Sharon Riley Ordu, Ed.D. 

Educator, Author, Leader and Learner

My Story

Brief Bio: I am a native of Atlanta, Georgia.  I was the first in my immediate or extended family to earn a doctorate degree. There have been other firsts in my life as I have a trailblazing spirit. Other firsts: First African American female to join the Educational Administration graduate faculty at Capella University; First in a cohort of Georgia teachers to be selected for the Georgia Tech GIFT Fellowships for Teachers Program... It does not matter where you start, it matters what you believe about yourself.


Education (Degrees):  Ed.D. (Educational Administration); M. Ed. & Ed.S. (Education);   M. A. (English and Creative Writing); B. A. (English Literature).  


Professional Experience: Central Office Administrator, Principal, Educational Consultant, Teacher, Published Author, Motivator, Education Professor (Online and Traditional), English Professor (Online and Traditional), Dissertation Chair, National Advisory Panel Member--National Association of Secondary School Principals, Board of Directors: Association for Middle Level Education and Georgia Middle School Association, After School All Stars, etc. Consulting Clients have included: Georgia Department of Education, US Department of Education, University of Indiana Ctr. of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL), and various schools/districts. 


I have provided Educational and Instructional Leadership resulting in schools being recognized at the local, state and national levels. I led a team to turn around a challenging middle school resulting in that school being removed from the Georgia "Needs Improvement" list. The early college high school where I served as principal became a Georgia School of Excellence in 2013, was a Georgia Title I Distinguished High School multiple years and was recognized by US News & World Reports multiple times as a Best High School. 


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Some of My Favorite Quotes:


“Success is to be measured not so much by the position reached in life as by the obstacles overcome while trying to succeed.”                              

Author: Booker T. Washington


“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot  learn, unlearn and relearn."

 Author: Alvin Toffler


 "There are three types of people in the world: Those who watch things happen, Those who make things happen, and Those who wonder what happened."

 Author: Mary Kay Ash