Dr. Sheryl Reinisch serves as Dean of the College of Education. She joined the faculty of Concordia University in 1999, following 19 years of experience in the field of early childhood education. In her tenure at Concordia, Sheryl has taught courses at the undergraduate, MAT, and M.Ed. programs; supervised student teachers; and advised graduate candidates in their capstone experiences. She served as Director of MAT programs from 2008-2012 where she was instrumental in integrating iPads into the pedagogy of the MAT curriculum. In 2012 Sheryl was appointed Director of Early Childhood programs and was responsible for developing the Bachelor of Science degree in ECE, Concordia’s first online program for undergraduates.
Sheryl began her professional career in Chicago, teaching preschool and kindergarten. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Orlando where she taught 2nd grade for several years before accepting the position as director of Prince of Peace Preschool and Kindergarten. In her years at Prince of Peace, Sheryl initiated a variety of programs for children and their families. She led the school through National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) as well as accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). As a result, the school was awarded the State of Florida Gold Seal of Excellence.
Throughout her career, Sheryl has been actively involved in community and professional organizations. She has served as the President of the Oregon Association for Childhood Education International and the Lutheran Education Association-Department of Early Childhood Education. Sheryl recently served on the City of Portland’s Commission on Families and Children: Early Childhood Care and Education Committee and on the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s Cully/Concordia Early Childhood Needs Assessment Task Force. She is currently the secretary for the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators.
As Dean of the College of Education, Sheryl is honored to be working with a tremendously talented and dedicated faculty. Together they are committed to providing excellence in the university’s teacher education programs. Sheryl is particularly excited about the 3 to PhD™ initiative, and is looking forward to when the College of Education moves to their new Concordia + Faubion School facility in August, 2017.
Sheryl and her husband, Chris, have been married for over 30 years. They are the proud “parents” of Ted, a playful and lovable chocolate lab. She enjoys collecting art, gardening, photography, and traveling with Chris to tropical places.