Superintendent of Schools

 Sharonica L. Hardin-Bartley, Ph.D., PHR

Phone: (314) 290-4002


Degrees and Certifications:

Sharonica L. Hardin-Bartley, Ph.D., PHR

An outspoken advocate for equity, trauma-informed practices and student voice in education, Dr. Sharonica L. Hardin-Bartley has served as superintendent of The School District of University City since July 2016. She was previously the assistant superintendent for human resources and leadership development for the Ritenour School District.

Dr. Hardin-Bartley is a native of St. Louis and grew up in north city. She is a graduate of Lafayette High School and has an undergraduate degree in elementary education and special education from Harris-Stowe State University. She earned an M.A. in Education Administration from Saint Louis University and recently completed her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Dr. Hardin-Bartley, her husband (a University City High School graduate) and children are residents of University City. Her youngest child is in second-grade in the District.

Prior to Ritenour, Dr. Hardin-Bartley had a 15-year career in St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) where she served as chief human resources officer from 2007 to 2012. Previously, as a Principal on Special Assignment, she helped SLPS expand its partnership with the St. Louis Science Center and improve the District’s focus on science and math instruction. She was the founding principal of Adams Elementary School, one of SLPS’ newly re-opened schools.

Dr. Hardin-Bartley is active within the community. She is the board vice president for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri and further serves on boards for  University City Children’s Center, The Magic House and United Way of Greater St. Louis. She was part of the Child Well-Being and Education Equity Committee of the Ferguson Commission and serves on advisory boards for Harris-Stowe State University, Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. She is also a member of the Early Childhood Design Leadership Council for the St. Louis region.

Dr. Hardin-Bartley is a regional and national speaker on integrating health and well-being, student equity, restorative practices and student voice in the school community. She was a principal writer on state guidelines for trauma-informed schools through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

In March 2019, Dr. Hardin-Bartley received the New Superintendent Award from of the Year for the St. Louis District by the Missouri Association of School Administrators.