Sheryl has been part of the Bosque School community since 1998. She moved from Washington, D.C. to the wide-open west to serve as Bosque’s first head of middle school, back when the school was housed in a humble yellow brick building in the northeast part of Albuquerque. During the last fourteen years, she has collaborated with colleagues to build a thriving middle school of 250 students and 35 faculty members. She is also a longtime teacher, having taught English, Humanities, and Women’s Studies at both the middle and high school levels.
In 2004-05 Sheryl was a Klingenstein Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University. The fellowship year offered a rich opportunity for study; a significant part of Sheryl’s research and writing focused on what constitutes meaningful professional development for educators. When she returned to Bosque, Sheryl worked closely with the middle school faculty to create a vibrant professional development program that prioritizes teachers’ voices and encourages reflective practice and collaborative learning.
Sheryl is currently completing her fifteenth and last year as Bosque’s head of middle school. In her new role as Sofia Center Director, she leads professional development for Bosque’s faculty and develops workshops, seminars, and retreats for educators in the wider community.
The Sofia Center is the manifestation of many of Sheryl’s passions: her love of working with educators; her commitment to lifelong intellectual inquiry; and her desire to create innovative and beautiful spaces for people to work collaboratively, think outside the box, and stay true to the heart of teaching and learning.
Sheryl holds a B.A. from Trinity University and an M.A. from George Washington University. As mentioned above, she also completed a year-long fellowship at Teachers College, Columbia University.
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