Academic Coach


Phone: 478-779-2407
Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. in Business Administration - Marketing
M.A. in Teaching & Learning Math (K-5)
Ed.S. in Instructional Leadership (K-12)
Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership (K-12)

Certified in Early Childhood Education (K-5)
Certified in Middle Grades Math (4-8)
Gifted Endorsement
Reading Endorsement
Math Endorsement (K-5)
Teacher Support & Coaching Endorsement

Dr. Shavone Laney

Dr. Laney is super excited to serve as the Academic Coach at Veterans Elementary! This is her 12th year in education extended through Northern Virginia and Central Georgia. As the Academic Coach, Dr. Laney's primary goal is to improve classroom instruction and increase student achievement. She provides job-embedded professional development with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning, differentiated instruction, and collaborative practices. Her work is focused on increasing educator efficacy, educator use of high yield instructional strategies, and on participating in professional learning communities (PLC). Prior to coaching, Dr. Laney taught third, fourth, and fifth grade, and worked as a reading and math interventionist in the Early Intervention Program. She has also coached girls' basketball at the middle and high school level. Dr. Laney enjoys spending time with her husband, Hosea, and their two daughters, Olivia and Amaya. She is extremely proud to be a Veterans' HERO and looks forward to positively sculpting students' and teachers' attitudes towards education and developing lifelong learners.


  • Born in Kentucky and raised in Tennessee
  • Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Avid sports fan and an advocate/volunteer for service
  • Hobbies/interests: basketball, football, working out/fitness, traveling, greek mythology, dancing, reading, cooking, scented candles, and interior design
  • I love the 4 F's: French fries, Fried chicken, Atlanta Falcons, & Flip-flops
  • Favorite Subjects: Math and Science
  • Favorite Books: The Witches by Roald Dahl, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, and Expressions from the Canvas Within by Dr. Shavone Ferguson-Laney
  • Favorite Quote: "Your little is a lot when you give your all."
  • Favorite Restaurants: Cracker Barrel, Olive Garden, Waffle House, Chick-fil-A, and The Cheesecake Factory
  • Favorite TV Shows: Law & Order SVU, Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune, & various reality TV shows
  • Weird/Interesting Fact: I need a fan in order to sleep at night (soothing sound and cool air)
  • Guilty Pleasures: Snicker bars, Laffy Taffy, Krispy Kreme donuts, Vanilla Oreos, & Lemon Pound Cake
  • Role Model: Anyone who has made a positive difference in the lives of others
  • Life Goal: To be remembered for not what I had, but for the use I made of what I had
  • Advice for my students and parents: Failure is only defeat when you give up trying!
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