Sherry Padlan

Sherry Padlan

What makes Herrera Special?

Herrera is a place where students are surrounded by teachers who truly care.  It is also a place where students are able to grow into a well-rounded individual with opportunities to become artists, athletes, and leaders.

Grade/Subject: 7/8 Social Studies, Student Council Advisor

Education/Degrees/Institutions: Bachelors in Secondary Education – History from Arizona State University and a minor in Political Science, Masters of Curriculum and Instruction from Grand Canyon University

# of years in Education: 6

# of years at Herrera: 6 as the 7/8 Social Studies teacher

What brought you to teaching children: My parents have always taught me that education will provide a way for me to live independently and to use my skills to make a positive difference in the world. I have held onto this idea and it has been my motivation my entire life. Through wonderful teachers, I have been inspired to be a teacher that students can rely on and can learn from. I especially want to thank my middle school Social Studies teacher, Mr. Rim, for showing me how learning can be fun, exciting, and empowering. I can only hope that I can be that same love and support for the students I encounter throughout my career.

Favorite book, as an adult, and why: My favorite book is Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. It is an autobiography that follows Trevor Noah’s life as a child born into apartheid in South Africa and how he pursued a dream to become a well-known comedian. I love his story because I can relate to his childhood memories with his family, small neighborhood, and his dreams to make it in America. Another book I find myself re-reading is Becoming by Michelle Obama. I enjoyed reading about her upbringing in the Southside of Chicago and as her life as First Lady. I look up to her for her authenticity, courage, and passion to improve the lives of those she meets.

Creative curriculum (something you do to personalize curriculum, annual project…): My classroom is a place where students use technology daily. I want my students to experience history by looking at events through the eyes of multiple perspectives, analyzing primary and secondary sources, and developing historical thinking skills. I enjoy making history come alive for my students through visuals, stories, and hands-on projects.