State of the District
Sharonica Hardin-Bartley, Ph.D. PHR
7700 Olive Blvd., University City, MO 63130
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
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 a 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.
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 strengthen 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 reopened schools.
Dr. Hardin-Bartley is active within the community. She is the board vice president for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri and the University City Children’s Center. She further serves on boards for Alive and Well Communities, The Magic House and the 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.
Dr. Hardin-Bartley received the Distinguished Alumni award from two of her alma maters, Harris-Stowe State University, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In March 2019, she was honored with the New Superintendent of the Year for the St. Louis District award by the Missouri Association of School Administrators.
Additionally in 2020, Dr. Hardin-Bartley received the 2020 Stellar Performer in Education Award at the St. Louis American Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education virtual gala on Oct. 17 and on Nov. 30, the ASAA recognized Dr. Hardin-Bartley for successfully completing the AASA National Superintendent Certification® (PDF).
Statement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:
The School District of University City recognizes that institutional racism and other forms of oppression have adversely impacted educational opportunities for students of diverse races, ethnicities, nationalities, abilities, classes, genders, sexual orientations, and other marginalized groups. Therefore, SDUC is committed to supporting innovative projects that ensure accessibility to all students and educators, and invite passion and purposeful learning.
Recently published articles:
- Repairing our trust in medicine amid COVID-19 (St. Louis American b - March 22, 2021)
- A season of hope for equitable education (St. Louis Post-Dispatch by - Dec. 26, 2020)
- The children are not well (St. Louis Post-Dispatch b Sept. 10, 2019)
- 5 superintendents to watch in 2022 (K-12 Dive by Roger Riddell - Jan. 10, 2022)
- Meeting Dr. Sharonica Hardin-Bartley (Civitas-StL - June 15, 2021)
- Sharonica Hardin-Bartley works to close opportunity gaps at University City schools (UMSL Daily by Karen Holman - Nov. 27, 2020
- Disrupter in chief Sharonica L. Hardin-Bartley is 2020 Stellar Performer in Education (St. Louis American b - Sept. 23, 2020)
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The superintendent frequently hosts Zoom with the Superintendent to update participants on district news and to answer questions in a casual, real-time way. To register for the next sessions, go to www.ucityschools.org/Zoom.
Welcome to the 2021-22 School Year!
Thanksgiving 2021 Message
State of the District (Dec. 7. 2021)
AT&T and SDUC Partners for Internet Connectivity: December 2021 (Full Version)
Year-End 2021 Message
MoHealthySchools #OnTheMoveMo 2021
(featuring Brittany Woods Middle School)