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Alana J. Shackelford is an educational leader. Professionally, she has worked in the field of education since 1997. She has 21 years of specialized experience and expertise in teaching and school-site administration.

She is and has been the President/Chief Executive Officer of Ms. A’s Tutoring Service, Inc. since 2003. Her company is the solution to building children’s self confidence through literacy and mathematics. Ms. A’s ensures that each student has a personalized study plan that ultimately leads to student success.

April of 2011, in the Vallejo City Unified School District, Dr. Shackelford was promoted to the position of Director of Partnerships and Community Engagement. As a director, she was responsible for the district-wide implementation of Full Service Community Schools (FSCS), in addition to overseeing the structure and development of the Wall-to-Wall Academies (W2W) at each of the comprehensive high schools.

After serving four years as a director, July of 2015, Dr. Shackelford was elevated to the position Chief Partnerships & Community Engagement Officer. Her duties as a chief include developing partnerships with parents, the business community, and relevant government agencies in order to provide school sites with the support they need. Dr. Shackelford is also responsible for supporting school sites in building positive school cultures. She leads the school district in implementing their Integrated Intervention System-which includes Positive Behavior Intervention and Support, Restorative Justice and Trauma Informed Care.

Dr. Shackelford is a 1993 graduate of St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School. After high school she attended Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma; where she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Pre-med May of 1997. She continued her education receiving a Master’s Degree in Education & Administration and Policy Studies from California State University, Sacramento May of 2000. Dr. Shackelford graduated from St. Mary’s College, Moraga, California with a Doctorate in Educational Leadership (Ed.D) May of 2008.

During Dr. Shackelford’s tenure in the VCUSD, she has been recognized for many accomplishments:

  • As a teacher, Dr. Shackelford was recognized as:
    • 2004-05 Walmart City Teacher of the Year
    • 2005-06 Vallejo’s Elk Lodge Educator of the Year
  • As a principal (2007-2011), Dr. Shackelford led Highland Elementary School from an Academic Performance Index (API) score of 673 to an API score of 800. In 2007, Highland Elementary was ranked the lowest performing school site ranking 16th out of 16 elementary sites, and by 2011, Highland Elementary ranked 4th out of 16 elementary school elementary sites.
  • As a director, May of 2013, Dr. Shackelford and team were recipients of the California Career Partnership Trust (CCPT) $6 million grant in support of the W2W Academies.
    • December of 2014, led VCUSD in being a recipient of California School Board Association (CSBA) Golden Bell Award for the implementation of FSCS.
    • Publication includes: Foundation of Support (2014) Leadership Magazine (co-authored with Dr. Ramona E. Bishop, Superintendent).

Dr. Shackelford is passionate about her work with students, parents, and the community at large. She believes in all students reaching their true potential. As a native of Vallejo, Dr. Shackelford is honored and grateful for the opportunity to serve her hometown in ensuring students graduate college and career ready.

October 10, 2018, Dr. Shackelford became the Co-Founder of ELITE Public Schools. ELITE is a Transitional Kindergarten through twelfth grade public school located in the city of Vallejo. EShe served as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer from 2019-2023. As of June 2023, Dr. Shackelford expanded her horizons and started Ms. A's Home School Academy.
Ms. A's Home School Academy currently serves grades 3rd-8th.