Sharon Harsh is an education specialist whose work focuses on designing, implementing, and sustaining change; customizing and delivering capacity-building technical assistance; and incorporating cognitive elements of learning into the instructional process.
Dr. Harsh currently serves as the director of the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center (ARCC) at ICF, where she provides technical assistance to state education agencies in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Previously, Dr. Harsh was an assistant superintendent of schools for 24 years in Monongalia, Preston, and Barbour counties in West Virginia. She also worked as a teacher, school psychologist, attendance director, and director of special education. She has been an adjunct instructor in education administration, sociology, and psychology at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She holds certification in elementary education, music, developmental reading, public school administration, social services, and attendance and is certified as a school psychologist in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Dr. Harsh has a doctoral degree in Education Administration and Instructional Leadership, a master's degree in Child Development, and a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Music. She received an international scholarship for doctoral study and was a Fulbright Seminar Abroad scholar to South Africa and Zimbabwe. She is the recipient of numerous awards and professional appointments.