Dr. Kate Shaw

Kate ShawKate Shaw
kshaw@wcasd.net
Region 1, term expires December 2023

Kate holds a B.A. in English and American Studies from Colby College, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Michigan. Her 25-year career has been focused on education, with a particular emphasis on state and federal educational policy. Kate currently serves as the Executive Director of Research for Action, a Philadelphia-based educational research firm that studies educational reform and innovation at the local, state, and national levels. She has also served as Deputy Secretary for Postsecondary and Higher Education in the Pennsylvania Department of Education, where she was developed and implemented policy designed to strengthen teacher preparation, dual enrollment, college access, and the K-16 educational pipeline. Shaw was also a faculty member for over a decade at Temple University, where she chaired the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She has published extensively on issues of postsecondary access and success for disadvantaged students. 

Kate and her husband, John Noakes, have lived in the Borough of West Chester for close to 20 years. Their daughter attended West Chester public schools, and is a recent graduate of Bayard Rustin High School. Kate served as the President of the Board of the West Chester Girls’ Rugby Team, and she is also an active member of her neighborhood association.


Kate Shaw was re-elected to the School Board in November 2019 for a second four-year term. She serves on the Pupil Services Committee and the Education Committee, and is the Board’s legislative liaison as well.