Greetings Falling Creek Middle School Community! My name is Sheryl Doswell and I am excited about leading this phenomenal team of teachers and staff of Falling Creek Middle School Panthers as the principal for the 2020-2021 school year. Our mission is for young adolescent students to learn, grow, develop and thrive in an ever changing world. Collaboratively as a school community we will continue to provide structures and support for continued student academic, social, social- emotional growth and development. Here at Falling Creek ~ We are PANTHER STRONG!
Who am I? I am a proud product of Chesterfield County Public Schools. After graduating from Monacan High School in 1988, I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Anthropology, Masters of Teaching Degree 1994 and coursework towards my Administration and Supervision Endorsement from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010. My teaching career started in Richmond City Public Schools as a teacher at ESH Green and Miles Jones Elementary and Hilburn Drive Elementary in Raleigh, NC and have taught grades 1 – 5. After earning National Board Certification: Middle Childhood Generalist, I became a middle school Math and Social Studies teacher at Leesville Road Middle in Raleigh, NC and Salem Church Middle School here in Chesterfield where I began my journey in administration as an Administrative Assistant and then Assistant Principal at both Salem Middle School and Carver Middle School, Associate Principal at Elko Middle School in Henrico and most recently as Principal of Lakemont Elementary School with Petersburg City Public Schools. This year I celebrate my 26th year as a proud educator, leader and fierce supporter of public education. My next goal is to earn a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership.
Why Falling Creek Middle? Falling Creek Middle is wonderfully diverse and offers the opportunity for the leader in me to effectively address diversity, equity and inclusion within our school while maintaining high behavioral and academic expectations for ALL! Falling Creek Middle school’s highly qualified and dedicated staff mirror my level of dedication in ensuring that together we create the most nurturing and academically challenging school environment where every child finds his/her place and excels!
What is my plan? To lead and work collaboratively with the Falling Creek Middle School Community and staff to maintain full accreditation and increase student performance across all subgroups. We are living in unprecedented times and the way we do school has drastically changed, however student mastery and our collective well being must remain our focus ~ We will continue to BE PANTHER STRONG! The way school looks for all of us will be different and unlike any other school year we have had thus far and I am ready to lead this group to continue GREATNESS both virtually and face-to-face. While engaging students in higher level thinking activities that are authentic and captivating, students will use formats available to demonstrate innovative approaches to learning that even we have yet to explore ~ Our Falling Creek Panthers are the future of our community.
Fostering strong relationships with teachers, staff, parents and students is my first priority as I embed myself in the culture of Falling Creek Middle. I want to hear from you and consider all voices as we deliberately plan and implement next steps for student and teacher growth ~ WE will continue to grow together. Through face to face meetings, virtual meet and greets, newsletters and weekly memos, I will be sure that there are no communication gaps within our learning community! You will find that I am accessible, visible and that my virtual and physical door is always open to hear from you.
I look forward to ROCKING Falling Creek Panther swag and meeting you all soon!