Director of Operations and Instruction
Sherri D. Richardson is an accomplished urban educator with more than 20 years of experience in teaching and mentoring students in diverse communities. She is a devoted wife and mother of three, as well as a bonus mom to two. She and her husband, Joe, use their relational experiences and blended family to mentor, develop, and encourage multigenerational couples to strive for healthy relationships, marriages, and families. Sherri brings a diverse background to her educational career due to unique professional training experiences. Before becoming an educator, she was employed by the Mercer County Youth Detention Center as the Social Service Supervisor and Educational Program Coordinator. She had the opportunity to counsel historically underserved youth individually and collectively and fostered authentic conversations around healthy life and educational choices. Sherri earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees from The College of New Jersey, where she developed a deep passion for serving youth in urban communities. Her desire for educational change led her to pursue a doctorate degree in organizational leadership where she is conducting a research study on the best practices for educating males of color in urban high schools. Throughout her career, Sherri has been committed to empowering her students to reach their full potential, and she has worked tirelessly to create a supportive and inclusive learning environment. Her dedication to education has made a lasting impact on the lives of countless students, parents, and faculty, and she continues to be a driving force for change in the field of urban education.
Overview: We spend about sixteen years preparing for a career, but how often do we spend time preparing for a healthy relationship? High school students are new to the world of love and relationships. After their first experience, students tend to focus on what constitutes an “unhealthy relationship,” without offsetting it with what a “healthy relationship” entails. Healthy relationships consist of mutual respect, trust, support, honesty, accepting responsibility, valuing opinions, and communicating openly and fairly. This workshop will offer proven techniques and tips on maintaining healthy platonic and romantic relationships.