Educational Excellence, Community, Diversity

Leadership Team


Sheri Werner has been a professional educator for the past 22 years. Her classroom experience includes teaching at both the elementary and middle school levels. Sheri co-founded Foundations School Community, a K-8th grade constructivist-based school, where she served as Head of School for 15 years. She was successful at creating an educational model which combined the best practices of constructivist, problem-based learning, with rigorous academic standards. An outspoken advocate for constructivist education, Sheri has published numerous articles for educators and parents and has recently published her first book, “In Safe Hands: Bullying Prevention With Compassion For All,” which addresses the necessity of incorporating social and emotional safety, as well as academic excellence, in every school environment.

Sheri holds a BA in Liberal Studies, an MS in Educational Psychology and Counseling, and a K-12 PPS credential. She conducts lectures, workshops, and teacher training classes on student-centered educational practices and holistic parenting topics.

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Valerie Braimah joined our team as Executive Director in October 2013.  She brings to our organization over 15 year of leadership in public education as a teacher, charter school administrator, program evaluator, and educational consultant. As a former member of City Charter’s Board of Directors, Valerie also brings a deep understanding of, and passion for our unique mission and vision. Valerie is passionate about working toward educational excellence for all students, and has extensive experience doing so.

Prior to joining City Charter, Valerie was the Vice President of Community Learning and Engagement at Teach For America, where she led TFA’s multi-media Corps Member professional development strategy. Before that, she served as the Vice President of Instruction at the Alliance College-Ready Public Schools (a charter school management organization), where she was responsible for strategic management of the district instructional team. She also served as the Chief Learning Officer for Insight Education Group for over five years, where she consulted with traditional and charter schools and districts, providing teacher professional development, conducting school-wide academic program evaluations, and facilitating school and district reform across the country.

Valerie holds a Master's Degree in Education Policy from Johns Hopkins University.