Sheryl Chard is the founding director of the Sofia Center for Professional Development at Bosque School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Sofia Center is the manifestation of many of Sheryl’s passions – her love of working with educators; her commitment to lifelong intellectual inquiry; and her desire to create innovative and beautiful spaces in which people can work collaboratively, think outside the box, and stay true to the heart of teaching and learning. She is an experienced retreat and seminar leader who has designed a wide range of inspirational offerings for teachers and education leaders who work in over 90 different schools and organizations in New Mexico. Prior to founding the Sofia Center, Sheryl served as Bosque’s middle school head for fifteen years. She has taught at the middle and high school levels at Bosque School, The Barrie School in Maryland, and at Exploration, a summer program at Wellesley College (now at Yale).
Sheryl earned her B.A. from Trinity University and her M.A. from George Washington University. In 2004-05, she was awarded a yearlong Klingenstein Fellowship at Teachers College, Columbia University, where her research and writing focused on what constitutes meaningful professional development for educators.
In addition to her professional work, Sheryl is a passionate reader and writer who loves time in the mountains hiking and backpacking. In planning for this summer’s teacher renewal retreat, Sheryl shared that, for her, being in a place like Ghost Ranch doing collaborative work with fellow educators is the best of all possible worlds!