2023 Outstanding Environmental Educator Award Recipient
Sheryl began her career with the Geological Society of America and spent the past 20+ years in the Rocky Mountains and Southwest working as a geologist and educator. She has a B.S. in geology from Gustavus Adolphus College and a master’s in education from Adams State University. She worked as the In-Class Program Coordinator for Colorado Parks & Wildlife’s SOLE program and most recently served as the Youth Education Coordinator for Denver Water.
As Yampatika’s School Programs Manager, Sheryl is responsible for youth education including curriculum, evaluation, planning, scheduling, training, teaching, and relationship-building with education stakeholders in Northwest Colorado. She is a Projects Wet and Learning Tree facilitator and brings these opportunities to teachers in Northwest Colorado. Whether it be a teacher, public servant, administrator, landowner, or her own staff, she works diligently to ensure that our work meets the goals of all stakeholders Yampatika collaborates with.
Sheryl has helped expand Yampatika's programs from just Routt County to Jackson, Moffat, and Rio Blanco Counties to ensure more youth in the region have access to environmental education. Her eventual goal is to reach every kid in every grade within our service area and she is constantly making progress on this marathon! Over the past two and a half years, Sheryl has grown Yampatika’s capacity, allowing us to reach 50% of students in the region. She is dedicated to ensuring the quality of programming Yampatika offers is compelling, fact-driven, balanced, engaging, equitable, and relevant to each audience.