Sharyn Boornazian

Certification Officer

Sharyn Boornazian

With over forty years in education, Sharyn's work contributes to teacher preparation, educator licensure, adult learning, assessment, portfolio development, and community partnerships. She has experience with teacher preparation at the associate, bachelor, and graduate levels for part-time and full-time learners, both traditional and adult students. As a former dean for undergraduate programs and a director for learning and assessment for adult learners, she has worked extensively with student, faculty, staff, and board members.

The first member of her family to attend college, Sharyn learned about success anxiety and the importance of learning academic structures and expectations. She has organized learning for diverse populations—levels, backgrounds, goals and resources—as tutor, teacher, program designer, faculty, director, supervisor, mentor, consultant, dean, now certification officer—while continuing her own learning.

Education: BS, Northeastern University; M.Ed., Northeastern University; PhD, The Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, Ohio

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Sharyn Boornazian, Liesl Martin, Ellen Jackson, Zineb Benjelloun, Lorraine Greenfield (panel): Strong Bones, More Cartilage (presentation on strategies to strengthen Lesley's educator diversity)
  • Boornazian, S. Diaz, G., Working Together: The Process of Developing an Agreement between Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Lesley Community of Scholars Day, March 31, 2010
  • Boornazian, S, Sugarman, R., 2009 Student Guide to Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL), Lesley University 


  • Pathways to Licensure 2005-
  • Education Licensure (Open Houses) 2004-
  • Guest Speaker Practicum Seminars (Lesley College and School of Education) 2004-