Sherry was fortunate enough to be a stay-at-home mother until her three sons were of school age. She had spent many hours volunteering in their school, including substitute teaching. She felt called to go back to college and receive her teaching degree. Sherry spent 13 years in the classroom. During that time she achieved her Master’s Degree and National Board Certification. In 2007, she became a Milken recipient.
For 11 years, Sherry taught at North Middle School in Rapid City, SD. She was constantly trying to find new ways to engage her students and help them find success. She was frequently frustrated when she couldn’t reach students or realized they were so far behind and she had no way to help them.
Sherry became an education consultant in South Dakota and Wyoming for seven years. It was during this time that she read the book, “Inevitable: Mass Customized Learning,” and met the authors. She realized the source of her frustration in the classroom and has made it her mission to encourage schools to a Customized Learning approach to education. Through this work, she helped manage a $4 million grant to help 19 schools along the way to customized learning.
In 2017, Sherry became an independent education consultant. She does a considerable amount of work with Discovery Education and still works to push the concept of Customized Learning through keynotes and workshops. She teaches master’s classes at the University of Sioux Falls in Customized Learning.
She has presented at the South Dakota TIE Conference, WYTECC, AdvancED, the Mass Customized Learning Summit, Podstock, and ISTE.
She is passionate about technology integration and truly believe education should reflect teaching our 21st century students with the 21st century skills they are going to need in this world. She believes that customized/personalized learning is not only "inevitable," but essential to improving the education system and giving our students the best education possible!
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