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Sheryl Reinisch

Dean, College of Education Professor of Education Department of Early Childhood Education College of Education
Office: Centennial Hall 210 Phone: 503-493-6539
EdD, Portland State University, Portland, OR
MEd, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
B.A., Concordia University, River Forest, IL

Sheryl joined the faculty of Concordia University in 1999, following 19 years of experience in the field of early childhood education. After serving as Director of MAT Programs for several years, Sheryl assumed the position of Director of Early Childhood Programs in 2012 and was instrumental in developing the new Bachelor of Science degree in ECE. In 2014 she accepted the position of Dean of the College of Education

Sheryl has always had a love for working with young children. She began her career in Chicago, teaching preschool and kindergarten. Shortly after, 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 was instrumental in leading the school through NAEYC and NLSA accreditation and establishing a variety of programs for children and their families.

Throughout her career, Sheryl has been actively involved in various professional organizations. She has served on advisory committees such as Mid-Florida Technical Institute and Sea World of Florida and on the executive boards of the Early Childhood Association of Florida, Lutheran Education Association, and the Oregon Association for Childhood Education International. She currently serves as secretary for the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators.

Sheryl earned her Doctorate in Education from Portland State University, where she focused her studies on quality learning environments. Inspired by the pre-primary schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, Sheryl's goal is to help educators create inviting and intriguing child-centered classrooms where all children thrive.

Sheryl and her husband, Chris, have been married for over 30 years. Sheryl enjoys collecting art, gardening, and traveling with Chris to tropical places.