A native of St. Louis, Sylvia Flowers is currently an Independent Education Consultant who holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an M.B.A. from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. Before dedicating her career to improving public education, she spent eight years in the private sector working as a chemical engineer for Monsanto and a finance profession for Duke Energy. She then joined the Broad Residency in Urban Education and began her education career in the Christina School District in Wilmington, Delaware. Sylvia also worked for Chicago Public Schools implementing the district’s first Teacher Incentive Fund grant pilot program in 40 high-needs schools. In 2009, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee and later served as the Director of Technical Assistance at the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), a nonprofit and non-partisan advocacy and research organization founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. Most recently, Sylvia spent seven years at the Tennessee Department of Education as the Executive Director of Educator Effectiveness and Talent, focused on implementing the state’s educator education evaluation system and using human capital data to drive statewide policy, strategy, and technical support for districts in the recruitment, retention, compensation, professional growth, and recognition of effective educators.