2017 Teacher Winner
SCHOOL: Bay Creek Middle School, Gwinnett County Public Schools
Sherry graduated from the State University of New York at Brockport with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. She relocated to St.Petersburg, Florida and worked as a marine biologist for six years. In 1998, she acquired education coursework from the University of South Florida, to be a teacher. After re-locating to Georgia, she graduated with a Master’s of Science in Post-Secondary Education from Troy University in 2005. Sherry is certified in Middle Grades Science, Social Science, and Reading with a Gifted In-Field endorsement; as well as 9-12 Biology and Broad Field Science. In 2011, Sherry was awarded the Georgia Intern Fellowship for Teachers at Georgia Tech. This experience allowed her to participate in the Direct to Discovery (D2D) grant from 2011-2014, and incorporate technology and real-world science experiences in her classroom.
PROJECT: Cultivating Community
The idea for this project came from a love of science and community involvement. 7th grade, life science students, will work through a series of lessons where they are introduced to cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems of plants. Using that knowledge, the teacher will design a Project-Based Lesson for ‘Cultivating Community.’ The driving question for this unit will be, “How can we use our knowledge of plants to help our local food co-op?” In order to grab the attention students, the ‘entry event’ for this project will be a classroom visit by the head of the local food co-op. This presentation will show the students that our problem is one that needs to be addressed, solved and presented back to the co-op director.