Trinity Episcopal School prepares to install Imana Sherrill as its head of school

When Imana Sherrill is installed as top administrator at Trinity Episcopal School, she will become the first Black woman to ever lead one of Charlotte’s private schools. (Her installation ceremony, scheduled for today, was postponed as Hurricane Ian approached the Carolinas.)

The mother of two is a 1989 graduate of West Charlotte High School and a UNC Charlotte alumna.

Education, she says, is in her blood, dating back to her great, great grandfather who, according to Sherill, learned to read as an enslaved man.

“Back then, that was dangerous to do, but he was determined to learn,” she said. “He taught his children to read, and his children taught their children, and that was his legacy to us. He wanted his entire family to be literate.” 

Sherill said her family is now peppered with educators, and she herself once taught with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and held the position of diversity coordinator at Charlotte Country Day School.

Before accepting the job at Trinity, which has had two previous heads of school since opening its doors in 2000 in uptown Charlotte, Sherill was head of middle school at the Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.

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