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Sheryl has worked in the UAE in 2009 as part of the Abu Dhabi government schools reform project aimed at local teacher professional development and English language acquisition and proficiency. Sheryl has taught in both the primary and secondary sector in her home country, New Zealand, As part of school senior leadership, Sheryl was responsible for developing school network solutions and deployment of technologies across all age groups and curriculums. She worked extensively with apple inc. NZ to develop PD in digital learning in 1: 1 programmes in NZ schools.
in 2002 Sherly was appointed as National Professional Development Advisor for Apple inc. NZ and was awarded Apple Distinguished Educator status in 2008.
In 2012, Sheryl moved into the GEMS Education corporate team as a Digital Learning Specialist, collaborating with Schools to develop Strategic plans and CPD frameworks based on current research and learning theory providing vision and strategy for digital learning. She worked as part of school review teams after developing a set of digital standards as part of a school improvement framework. Sheryl now leads the pre-service teacher training programmes at TELLAL Institute where she oversees a team of teacher training managers that support a school situated model of post graduate teacher training. She is also responsible for the development of TELLAL’s digital ecosystem and is responsible for the e-Learning instructional design and build of online and blended course content developed for both Teacher Development and Leadership Development programmes, as well as school and corporate compliance training. Sheryl has worked with digital partner Nexquare to design and develop an online e-portfolio system
mapped to the UAE teacher standards and is being used to support teacher competency in both pre-service and in-service teacher training.
Sheryl’s role has led her to initiate innovative digital tools and resources to support teacher training and, after several years of research partnership work with The synthetic reality department at the University of Central Florida, is currently deploying mixed reality classroom simulations involving 'live' lessons with student avatars in a simulated classroom environment. Fueled by her belief in leveraging the intelligent use of technology to improve teacher quality, she has developed a model of instructional coaching using mixed reality avatar-based simulation training to support the application of high leverage teaching practices in a virtual classroom. This gives teachers real time, dynamic and spontaneous interactions designed to practice specific pedagogical strategies within the complexities of the classroom environment. Intervention is embedded in the act of teaching through the instructional coach and recorded so the opportunity for double loop learning can occur within the simulation environment.
Sheryl’s has completed her Masters in technology and learning design where she researched the use of mixed reality simulation training and its impact of virtual learning on teacher self-efficacy.