Lead Mentor for the Sapphire Class & Freedom Fridays.

Cheryl knew from the age of 6 that she wanted to be a teacher, just like her mother, who was an incredible kindergarten teacher and single mother to six children. Cheryl’s passion in teaching is to help learners develop their Life-long Love of Learning.

Cheryl has a B.S. degree in Elementary Education K-8 and a B.S. degree in Early Childhood/Child and Family Development from the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. She’s also been a Preschool Teacher, PreKindergarten Teacher, Kindergarten Teacher, Reading Specialist, Parent Educator, and career Substitute Teacher in pre-K through 8th grades in private and public schools in Florida, Texas, Missouri and Illinois.

Her teaching passion extends beyond the traditional school setting and has led her to teach quilting and sewing to both children and adults at a local quilt shop and at various camps, including Camp Indigo. She also worked during the inaugural year as a Lead Thinker and Spring Camp Lead Teacher at the Thinkery, Austin's children museum.

During the 2015-16 school year, Cheryl had the privilege of working as the Aftercare Lead Mentor and a regular substitute teacher at WLLC, along with assisting with the World of Arts class, Wearable Arts class, Whole Life Learning class and French class. In 2016 - 17, and half of the 2017-18, she was the Assistant Mentor for the Amethyst class. She became the Lead Mentor of the Sapphire class during the Winter/Spring semester of the 2017-18 school year.

She is a proud mom to three children (who are now adults; Alison, Annie, and Tommy) and is married to her college sweetheart, Tom.