Spotlight: Sharifa Carbon

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We would like to welcome our new School Business Administrator, Sharifa Carbon, and introduce her to the district by sharing some of her story.

What is your role here at Hudson City School District, and where do you work?
I am the new School Business Administrator, and I work in the Administrative Offices in the High School Building.

How long have you worked at HCSD?
Just about 2 weeks! I officially started on December 17, 2015.

What is your background like – previous jobs, your education, etc.?
Previous Positions: Treasurer (Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES); Senior Analyst (North Shore/LIJ Health System Finance); Senior Accountant

Education: Undergrad – Georgetown University, Washington DC (Major: American Gov’t/Accounting Minor: English); MBA (Master of Business Administration) – Long Island University; SDBL (School District Business Leader) – Long Island University

What do you like most about your job?
The people and the commitment to student development and achievement.

What goal(s) do you hope to accomplish while working at HCSD?
I would like to continue the implementation of the new administrative software that the former School Business Administrator, Mr. Yusko, started. I also hope to partner with Dr. Suttmeier, building administrators, and support staff to provide our students with the best educational opportunities possible in the most fiscally responsible manner. I also plan to continue to learn more about the students that we serve and the surrounding community. It's really about them!

Before working here, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
My work in Decision Support Services at North Shore-LIJ Health System Finance.

My department helped to implement a data warehouse system that allowed hospital administrators and finance executives to understand the cost of the services that were offered. I had to work closely with hospital staff to understand their every day jobs, and then help department managers, directors and administrators to understand the financial aspects of various processes, tests and services. I learned quite a bit, and it was fulfilling to make a difference on the clinical services side of things.

What is your motto or personal mantra?
I have two. One is, "Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box." The other is, "Your attitude determines your destination."

What is the best advice anyone has given you?
To trust your instincts and to not just learn from your own mistakes, but to learn from other people’s mistakes as well.

Tell us a bit about your life outside of HCSD.
I am a wife and mother of a 4-month old. I have interests and experiences, but right now being her mother is a great joy in my life.

What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
My family.

Anything else you want to share?
I am very excited to be here!