Director of Early Childhood Research and Practice
BS, Andrews University
MS, Gallaudet University
PhD, Howard University
Dr. Sharlene Ottley serves as Director of Early Childhood Research and Practice, a position she has held since 2015.
She completed graduate studies in Speech-Language Pathology at Gallaudet University with an emphasis in Pediatric Aural Rehabilitation. Prior to The River School, Dr. Ottley worked in a variety of early intervention, school-based and outpatient settings providing services to children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including those with hearing loss and Spanish-English bilingual students. She completed her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Howard University with a focus on children with cochlear implants from bilingual Spanish/English speaking homes.
Dr. Ottley oversees the research and assessment efforts, as well as provides support to the speech-language pathologists in the Elementary Division.