Banner Children's Academy of Education & Development  

Our Principal


Shari Carlsted grew up in a small rural town in Minnesota. She has been a native of Arizona for more than 35 years.

When she turned 21, after two years at a community college, Shari decided to see the world, traveling first to New Zealand on a working holiday visa for a year, then to Australia for six months, before completing her adventures traveling around Europe.

After establishing residency in Arizona, Shari continued her education at Arizona State University, completing her B.A. in Education before going on to get her M.Ed. in Special Education. Shari followed this up by earning a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Ottawa University.

In 2008, after several years working as a special education teacher, Shari became the Principal of Banner Children's Academy, formerly known as the Howard S. Gray School.

Shari is a single mom of two children, a 26-year-old daughter, and a 23-year-old son.

When she’s not at work, she enjoys hiking, biking and running. During the summer, Shari loves to travel. She spends time in California, where she reads, relaxes and runs on the beach, or in Minnesota to visit family.

She also has recently been able to travel to Mexico a couple of times and added swimming with dolphins, scuba diving and visiting the ancient ruins of Chichen itza and Tulum on the Yucatan Peninsula to her adventures.

Under Shari’s leadership and with the support of a team of dedicated, highly experienced teachers, Banner Children's Academy has established a reputation as a school with a strong academic foundation which provides a warm, nurturing environment for emotionally fragile young people. 

“I love my job, I love the kids, I’m the luckiest Principal in the world!”


Banner Children's Academy of Education & Development
1410 W. 10th Place
Tempe AZ 85281
(480) 448-7558
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