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Cheryl  Styskal
Assistant Principal

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Education:

Bachelor of Arts ~Blackburn College, Carlinville Illinois

Masters of Education~Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

Educational Leadership~Texas State University

 

Experience:

Cottey Women’s College, Nevada, MO

Hill Elementary School~15 years

 

Philosophy: 

I believe the purpose of education is to enable individuals to reach their full potential as members of society by teaching them to think and act intelligently and responsibly. Children are born with inherent capacities, tendencies, and aptitudes and it is our job as educators to draw out and develop them to their fullest capacity. Learning must be full of connections made by doing and experiencing creative and purposeful activities. Good teachers possess the capacity for connectedness. We weave the complex web of connections among ourselves, the subjects we teach, and the students we affect. The goal for students is to find themselves enveloped in this tapestry so they learn to weave through life’s complexities themselves.

I believe that all students can learn. When we refuse to allow deficit thinking to cloud are judgments and beliefs about children, only then can we truly empower and inspire. If we raise the bar for all students, then all students will achieve regardless of learning style or “ism”. It is my job to help develop environments that embrace differences and engage students to take charge of their journey towards life-long learning.