For the past 19 years, Sherry Rollins has been a middle school science teacher in Gloucester County, Va. She has a long and productive track record of providing students with opportunities for hands‐on, feet‐wet science. Sherry has maximized her impact and output by collaborating with teaching colleagues within her school, and by partnering with regional institutions and programs.
A teacher for 26 years, Rollins has accumulated a long list of contributions made to teaching colleagues, schools, and the greater educational community. A sampling of her activities include: ten years coaching Great Computer Challenge teams; eight years coaching all girl robotics teams; and three years as a science fair mentor at the county level.
Sherry has also been active in her local chapter, the Mid‐Atlantic Marine Education Association (MAMEA), sharing her experiences with fellow educators at annual MAMEA Conferences. She and her teaching partner Judy Gwartney‐Green have delivered sessions on Incorporating the Local Environment into Your Classroom and on the implementation of Experiential Field Studies Trips. She is gracious and generous in helping any teacher who seeks advice about incorporating more field experiences in their science classes.
Rollins received her undergraduate degree in biology from the College of William and Mary in 1992. A lifelong learner, she continued her education, taking graduate science courses at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), Christopher Newport University and Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2006, Sherry earned a Masters in Integrating Technology in the Curriculum from Walden University. Keeping current, she continues to seek out professional development opportunities that offer content, skills and teaching resources she can apply in her classroom.
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