While in university, Terry Sherrard spent some time working in the children’s ward at the hospital in his hometown. “I was struck by the unguarded honesty of the children about what they were going through. I knew that children were the real teachers and I wanted the opportunity to work with them and to be taught,” Sherrard says.
Sherrard has been teaching for 39 years, and in his current position at Montcrest School, he works to nurture the understanding that “during even the most difficult of times, every one of us is stronger than we realize and more capable than we ever might dare to hope we are. With this understanding come moments of wonder when we have the potential to amaze ourselves.”
“My days are as varied as the number of children I work with and this is what I love about my job,” Sherrard says. He recalls a goodbye letter he received from a student at her graduation where she thanked him for all he had taught her. “She pointed out that despite my efforts she had more to do. She reassured me not to worry – that all would fall into place in time. I never forgot her, or the lesson she left with me.”