George Lucas Educational Foundation

Sharon Eicher

Economist and Educator

Dr. Sharon Eicher is an economist, educator, and wife and mother. She grew up in the Sacramento Valley of Northern California. She has lived across the United States, as well as in England and Kazakhstan, and has earned five degrees.

Despite these experiences, she was unprepared to parent a child with mental health issues. She discovered that the parents of a child with a disability are largely on their own. She aims to improve communication between schools and parents and to support parents who are new to this process.


  • Parent Partnership

    Supporting Parents of Students With Special Needs

    There’s often a rift in communication between educators and parents who suspect their kids have special needs. A parent describes the support that would have helped her initiate an assessment.