Kim Sherk launched the Language Arts Enrichment Program five years ago at CESJDS. The program started with 15 students in 'pull-out' style classes and has evolved into a 'push-in' method where all students receive enrichment, and lessons are tailored to students performing at least a grade and a half above grade level. Kim also works hand-in-hand with the Language Arts & Social Studies Coordinator to revise and enhance the LA curriculum.
Kim has started numerous initiatives and has led many programs in addition to educating our students. She ran the patrol program for two years, started the Young Authors Club, manages the Lit Lab (drop in reading and writing sessions), writes grants for Artist in Residence programs, coordinates cross-curricular programming, founded the annual Lower School literary journal initiative, leads in-house Professional Development sessions, is the point person for the Sunshine Committee, and is the Lower School co-chair for the school-wide Diversity Committee. She also participated in the first professional blogging cohort at CESJDS through edJEWcon. PHEW! "I love everything that I am doing, but would like to eventually to reduce the number of projects that I am working on in order to contribute more quality time to each," she said.
She is currently pursuing an Ed.D in Teacher Leadership from City University of Seattle and is working on her National Board Re-Certification.
Outside of CESJDS, Kim enjoys swimming, making stained glass, and spending time with her husband Daniel. She also has a dog, Roxy, and an old, cranky cat named Ralphie.
"Kim is creative, tireless, and quick to understand the value of new initiatives. She is supportive of her colleagues and the school, and is fantastic at what she does," said a colleague.
Kim, along with Alexis Soffler, Ph.D., Lower School Science and STEM Coordinator, will speak at the International Literacy Association conference in July 2017 about integrating writing into STEM. They will examine student work and the process of curriculum integration.