Corey Carter, Assistant Director / 410.455.1501

Mr. Corey Carter is an award-winning educator and lifelong learner. He takes pride in meeting student needs through servant leadership and holistic mentorship that centers the needs of scholars as developing teachers. Corey’s goals include diversifying the teaching profession, particularly increasing the representation of highly-skilled Black male educators.

Shirelle Ellis-Williams, Program Coordinator / 410.455.1556

Mrs. Shirelle Ellis-Williams serves as the primary scholar advisor for the Sherman Program. She values individualized advising that is rooted in empathy. Shirelle has particular interest in the implementation of high-quality student support services for groups underrepresented in higher education.

Brian Francoise, Project Director, Lakeland Community and STEAM Center / 410.925.1738

Mr. Brian Francoise has deep experience in community-based programs and in a variety of learning environments. He served as an Open Society Institute — Baltimore — Community Fellow, and he worked as a non-profit arts administrator in community engagement, development, and advocacy. He was an affiliate faculty member teaching community-based theatre and peace studies and courses to incarcerated individuals, and he has taught in the public school systems of Memphis, TN, Alexandria, VA, and Baltimore City. Brian has also directed after-school youth theatre programs in Washington, DC, New York City, and Baltimore.

Sara Krauss, Assistant Director, UMBC Math Project / 410.455.1577

Sara Krauss previously served in Baltimore City Public Schools as a classroom teacher, math lead, and an Assistant Principal. She is also an adjunct professor for teacher preparation programs. Sara is an advocate for educational equity, has a love for developing budding and experienced educators, and aspires to convert everyone she meets into a lover of math!

Vacant, Director Baltimore School Partnerships


Jackie Peng, Graduate Assistant / 410.455.1501

Jackie Matise Peng has a 15-year career in public education and is passionate about culturally responsive teaching and increasing access and opportunity for historically marginalized students. Her students were recognized twice by the College Board for having the highest national pass rate for African American students on the AP World History Exam, and in 2013 Jackie was the Agnes Meyer Washington Post Teacher of the Year for Montgomery County. In addition to serving as a coach in the UMBC Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program, she is a PhD student in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program at UMBC.

Rehana Shafi, Director / 410.455.1736

Rehana Shafi began her UMBC career in 2000 with the Choice Programs, an experience that placed her on a professional trajectory she could not have imagined. After working for five years at the Shriver Center, she was entrusted with the opportunity to serve as the inaugural director of the Sherman Scholars Program and, a few years later, with launching the partnership with Lakeland Elementary Middle School, followed by the Lakeland Community and STEAM Center. Rehana is guided by a core belief in the centrality of dignity, humanity, and respect for everyone. As a lifelong learner, she humbly – and with gratitude – embraces the daily opportunities to expand her mind through discussions with her colleagues, scholars, and alumni.

Christopher Vick, Assistant Director

Dr. Christopher Vick is a proud product of Baltimore City Public Schools. Having served as a classroom teacher, program leader, and college counselor, Chris has spent his life promoting college access and success for students coming from marginalized backgrounds.

Vacant, Program Coordinator, Lakeland Community and STEAM Center


Mailing Address for all staff:

Sherman Scholars Program
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Sherman Hall 214
Baltimore, MD 21250