Meet the Office of Field Education Staff
Paul N. Akoury, Ph.D.
Paul Akoury joined Wheelock in 2013, with professional experiences in public policy, research and program development, clinical supervision, and classroom teaching. Since then, Paul has spearheaded the effort to define the strategic direction of field education at the College. He leads with enthusiasm and vision, establishing strong alignment with academic programs to ensure best policies and practices in field education. Paul has a Ph.D. and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College, and an Ed.M. in the Arts in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Sharon Labao, Ed.D.
Assistant Director, Field Education
Sharon Labao is an educator with over 25 years of experience in urban public schools as a teacher and an administrator in NY and CA. She recently completed her Education doctorate in School Leadership from Fordham University and also holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and an M.A. in Elementary Education. However, her entry into education and desire for social justice foundation come from her studies in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. As an educator she worked in elementary, middle, and high school settings seeking equity and access for her students. Her work in Field Education will provide her an opportunity to do the same for students in higher education.
Field Education Specialist
Barbara Pierre holds a B.A. in Communication Arts from Framingham State University and a M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Salem State University. Barbara's journey through higher education has included enrollment management, undergraduate and graduate admissions recruitment, academic advising, and urban extension and outreach. She holds a strong passion for the persistence and success of all students, especially those that are underrepresented. Barbara joined the Wheelock community in November 2015 as the Site Coordinator to the Mattahunt-Wheelock Partnership, which was a beautiful introduction to the impact of Wheelock's mission of social justice in the City of Boston. Now in her role as Field Education Specialist, Barbara enthusiastically looks ahead to days of supporting students of Wheelock to inspire a world of good through their field education experiences.