An experienced educator with Texas public schools, Sharon Benka has worked as a classroom teacher, principal, and special programs director for the Stafford and Texas City school districts. Additionally, Sharon served as an Education Specialist with the Region 4 Education Service Center working with districts and charters in the areas of NCLB/ESEA grants, State Compensatory Education, and Accountability. During her time at ESC 4, Sharon was able to work closely with the many excellent charter systems in the Greater Houston area. She developed a deep appreciation for the valuable work of charters within the public education system. Currently Sharon serves CSS as the Federal Grants Director and works closely with CSS clients to assure deep understanding of federal grant guidelines and compliance with those requirements. A teacher at heart, Sharon works to building capacity in school staff for the benefit of the children and families served by the schools. Her educational background includes degrees from the University of Houston – Central and Victoria and Houston Baptist University. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys spending time with family and taking road trips through the Texas countryside.