My name is Sherry Packer and I am a conservative running for RISD Board of Trustees Place 1. My husband Brett and I raised two daughters in this district, and they were both fully prepared for their paths after high school. As a retired educator with experience at both the elementary and secondary levels, I can bring a broad, well-informed perspective to the board when casting a vote toward decisions for the district. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Education, a Master of Education with an emphasis in Administration, and a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. This education allowed me the opportunity to serve in Rockwall ISD and other entities as an educator for more than 25 years, which provided the vast experiences that have equipped me to continue serving this district in a different role.
I have been a Rockwall ISD parent, volunteer (room mom, PTA member and President, PTO member and President, Academic Booster Club President), teacher, coach, assistant principal, and principal in this district. I continue to have a vested interest in this district as, this year, I had a grandchild begin school in Rockwall. I have lived in this community for over 30 years and enjoyed watching it grow. This is a family-oriented district and an amazing place to raise children and grandchildren. I want to see it continue in that manner.
I want Rockwall ISD to continue to progress in the areas of instruction and student learning. Students have the right to learn regardless of their educational differences, socioeconomic background, race, or religious affiliation. As our district continues to navigate learning during these difficult times, it is important to seek innovative practices to keep students at the level of learning that they were accustomed to before COVID was a factor. Progress of instruction must continue whether students are learning remotely or face-to-face. Regardless of how the learning environment looks, the learning must continue in such a manner that students graduate college- or career-ready. Today and in the foreseeable future, the district must be equipped to meet the emotional needs of our students as usual but also for those suffering increased emotional stress from the pandemic. As our district continues to grow, curricular, social-emotional, and financial decisions will be of utmost importance. Our teachers will need resources to make the very best education and support available to our children.