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Sheryl Erickson, Ed.D.

Position
Associate Professor of Education; undergraduate and graduate classes
Email Address
Sheryl.Erickson@sckans.edu
Phone
(620) 229-6360
Bio

Greetings, my name is Sheryl Erickson and at 39 years as an educator, I know teaching, learning, and leading collaboratively with others is what I was meant to do.

I have a bachelor's in elementary education and taught for 11 years in first, second, and third grade classes. I enjoyed the connections I made with children, their families, and the other educators I worked with on a daily basis.

I started a master's in special education of the gifted but along the way I discovered that I am a "gestalt kind of person" and later completed my masters in educational administration and supervision. I became an elementary building principal and a parent the same year and I jokingly tell that I am not sure which started the gray strands to begin threading their way into my hair. For 11 years I continued as a principal and except for being my son's mother nothing made me happier or more proud.

As continuous learners' do however, I got the itch to further my own learning and returned to college to complete certification as a district school administrator and then a doctorate in educational administration and supervision. My dissertation is written as a novel about school improvement and leadership through empowerment and collaboration, in other words, the principal gives up power and invites everyone to become a part of the leadership.

Completing a doctorate opened doors in higher ed and I was an adjunct instructor for Baker University for thirteen years. I taught graduate courses for aspiring principals as well as teachers working on a master's to improve their instruction. I instructed a variety of courses for Baker including: Curriculum Development and Design, Learning Theories and Instruction, Today’s Learner, and School Personnel. I also worked with WSU as a practicum supervisor for teachers completing coursework to become building level leaders and previously taught online courses for the University of Phoenix in School Personnel and Developing Creativity. And most recently online with Southwestern College’s Professional Studies Program

Also, I returned to the classroom (from the office) and for five years used the certification I received when I started that initial master’s in gifted education. Working with 30ish gifted kindergarten through fifth graders really keeps you on your toes! Next I moved along another slightly altered path as an instructional coach in one of Wichita (USD259) district’s Title I schools. I got to really do what led me to administration-support teachers in their work with students.

In May of 2011 I left the daily trek to the schoolhouse in favor of early (semi) retirement. But a lot can happen over the summer and by August, I was back at school every day on campus at Southwestern College where I am very pleased to be working with Moundbuilder students and faculty/staff.

My son completed his undergraduate degree in history/sociology and his master’s degree in sociology. He is continuing to study sociology working toward his PhD at Iowa State University. He will again work as a graduate teaching assistant (we both spend some of our weekends grading papers-{one raised eyebrow and a lopsided grin}. I enjoy spending time with him and talking about his coursework and future plans or sharing a thought provoking tv program, meal preparation-he has a few signature dishes-, or yard and garden task-he has quite the green thumb.

Sheryl Erickson, Ed.D.
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