Dr. Shakirah Harrington was born in Newark, where she graduated from Hawkins Street Elementary School. She later graduated from Rutgers University-Newark with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. After graduation, Dr. Harrington attended Teachers College-Columbia University and earned a Master of Arts degree in Applied Psychology before obtaining her Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from St. Peter’s College and finally earning her Ed.D in Education Leadership from Teachers College-Columbia University.
While Dr. Harrington’s professional career in teaching began in 1999 at Chestnut Hill Academy, an all-boys school, in Philadelphia, PA, her love for home, brought her back to Newark to teach mathematics at Luis Munoz Marin Middle School. At Marin and throughout her career, Dr. Harrington instilled in her students an appreciation and respect for mathematics. Dr. Harrington served in a number of leadership position in both the Irvington and Newark public school systems. Upon returning to Newark, Dr. Harrington served as Vice Principal at both Barringer High School and Rafael Hernandez Elementary School and in 2007 she became the Principal of Miller Street School.
Dr. Harrington serves as a Board Member of The Wight Foundation, Inc., and she is a member of Christian Love Baptist Church in Irvington, NJ. Dr. Harrington is the mother of seven-year-old twins, Brett and Zoey.