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Shawnee Caruthers

Vice President of Advocacy

Rashawn “Shawnee” Caruthers is a dynamic leader in advocacy, currently serving as the vice-president of advocacy at Getting Smart, an organization that supports more equitable learning opportunities for all. With an unwavering commitment to fostering inclusive educational environments, she passionately champions the transformative potential of equity-driven, real-world learning experiences. 

Prior to her role at Getting Smart, Caruthers made significant contributions as the director of career and technical education for Kansas City Public Schools in Missouri. A seasoned speaker, her distinguished career spans over 15 years, during which she has immersed herself in diverse communities as an educator, mentor, and tireless advocate for college and career readiness. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism, dual master’s degrees, and a specialist degree in educational leadership, with a specialized focus on secondary and career and technical education administration.



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