Dr. Shirley Sprinkles-Morris
Dr. Shirley Sprinkles-Morris is a semi- retired career educator and author of two books: From Dunbar to Destiny: One Woman’s Journey through Desegregation and Beyond, and Seven Keys to Successful Single Parenting. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1960. After teaching for approximately 14 years, she left the classroom in 1974 to work as Education Liaison to schools from the office of a prominent Los Angeles City Councilman. Her work brought her face to face with the problems of inner-city schools, students and parents. Solving them became her life-long passion. She organized citizen task forces to address school problems and to bring about more equitable education to under-served minority students and families. In 1985 she returned to the classroom and soon earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Cal State Los Angeles. Dr. Sprinkles moved to Austin after receiving a full scholarship in 1990 to the graduate school in UT’s Dept. of Bilingual Education. She completed her graduate work through a fellowship in the Cooperative Superintendency Program (CSP) in 1994 with a doctorate in Educational Administration, while working full time as Program Director in the Division of Gifted Education at the Texas Education Agency. She is currently practicing part-time as an independent intervention consultant assisting with the “turnaround” process of school districts whose accountability ratings are “Academically Unacceptable” and she is currently the President of the Austin Chapter of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). She is a member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, and is married to Minister Leo Morris, Senior’s Minister. Dr. Sprinkles-Morris is mother of four adult children and grandmother of nine—all of whom live far away. Although she misses them, this allows for great vacations!