Sheryl P. Gray
Sheryl Porter Gray is a retired Assistant Principal from Gurnee District 56, spending 12 years supporting more than 500 3rd-5th graders and their families at Prairie Trial Elementary School. In this role, she created the Partnership and Achievement Leads to Success (PALS) Program as well as the Making Education Nurturing and Tomorrow’s Opportunities Real (MENTOR) Program to increase partnership between parents and the school as well as supporting the academic experiences of black male students. She saw both programs expand across the District. Prior to her time in Gurnee, Sheryl worked in Zion District 6 for 23 years as a teacher. She was the coordinator/teacher of the School Within A School (SWAS) program, and a District Literacy Coach for students in kindergarten through sixth grade.
Sheryl graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Family Life and Integrated Creative Arts from Western Michigan University and earned a Master in Education from Carthage College. She furthered her studies by taking classes in teaching children at risk and earned a General Administrative Certification from National Louis University.
She has been nominated by her students for Teacher of the Year through WGN-TV and has been inducted into Who's Who among America's Teachers and Outstanding Young Women of America. In 2014, she was named the Assistant Principal of the Year for Lake Country and for the State of Illinois.
Sheryl is originally from Hampton, Virginia but has called Illinois home for more than 35 years. Currently, she serves as a committee member for the Artis Yancey HBCU Tour through the Waukegan Township and participates in several ministries at her church.