Hey, y’all! My name is Sheryl Woods and I’m an elementary educator in Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky. I graduated from Bellarmine University with my B.A. in Education in 2011. In my first few years of teaching, I realized that I really struggled to meet the needs of all the diverse readers in my classroom, so I went back to school and received my Master of Arts in Education as a Reading Specialist from Indiana University Southeast in 2015, all while participating in the JCPS-Bellarmine Literacy project. I gained so much knowledge and many skills to help me meet the needs of the students in my classroom. Because I’m crazy, I just finished my Educational Specialist in Instructional Leadership and School Administration at Bellarmine in the fall of 2018. I currently live in Louisville with my husband and our fur babies.
About 3 years ago, I joined a grassroots teacher leadership community in my district called JCPSForward, hoping to connect with other educators around my district. This little community has opened so many doors for me and allowed my to engage in a variety of leadership opportunities within our district and around the state. Most recently, I participated in the Classroom Teachers Enacting Positive Solutions (CTEPS) program, where we were coached and supported through a design-thinking, action-research based project of our choosing.
My passion in the classroom is most definitely literacy and educational technology. I am always looking for new, fresh ideas on how to engage my students in reading and writing. My ultimate teacher goal is to help students fall in love with reading and understand its importance in the rest of their lives. I aspire to open doors for those who may have always faced a closed one.
Why am I blogging? There are a lot of reasons! Blogging will help me express the highs and lows I experience as a public school teacher. I am also hoping to connect and share ideas with other educators, obviously! I love networking and making connections with others to build my #tribe and professional learning network.
I look forward to connecting with you!