Sheryl Hall ’82
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Sheryl Hall ’82 holds the distinction of being the third person in Hofstra history to score 1,000 points in basketball and, from this stellar accomplishment, her career trajectory has remained on the rise. Her recent selection as the 2008 Massachusetts Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year reflects the breadth of the knowledge and expertise she gained at Hofstra -- both as an athlete and scholar.
Sheryl came to Hofstra as a walk-on athlete in both field hockey and basketball, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in physical education at Hofstra. She was one of five freshman starters for the basketball team and remained a starter throughout her four years at Hofstra. Upon graduation, Sheryl began teaching at a New York City private school, then went on to the challenge of working at a residential school for emotionally disturbed and learning disabled children, where she became assistant principal after receiving an M.S.Ed. from Antioch University. Subsequently, she utilized her education and experience in the business world as a corporate trainer, writing instructional manuals and teaching adults.
In 2001 Sheryl returned to teaching at the Margaret C. Ells School in Springfield, Massachusetts. At Ells, she has organized many fund-raising programs and established business partnerships with local agencies to enhance the educational opportunities of her students. Due to Sheryl’s efforts, the Ells School was able to add one of the first community climbing walls to her physical education program. Sheryl’s goal in developing a quality physical education program is to teach children the fundamentals that will enable them to build the confidence they need to be successful in a variety of activities. Sheryl has also developed an integrated math/physical education curriculum, and she plans to publish this document.
Sheryl currently serves as the coordinator of the Springfield Schools Elementary Physical Education Guides. These instructional guides are used system-wide to develop units and lesson plans. Sheryl states in her philosophy of teaching that physical education is an integral part of a child’s education. Her responsibility is to help children develop basic skills that serve as the foundation for future – and hopefully lifelong – participation in physical activities. She strives to continually enhance her program to reach every student.