Dr. Sherrie Fairchild-Keyes joins NIET as a senior specialist for the East team after a 25-year career in public education. She spent 12 years as a secondary science teacher, in both the Anderson County School District in Tennessee and in the Monroe County School District in Florida. During this time, Sherrie became a trainer for Leadership Development for Teachers and spearheaded development of small learning communities at Key West High School through her involvement with Florida's Secondary School Redesign Initiative.
Over the past 13 years, Sherrie has served as a school administrator, first as director for two separate alternative education programs and, most recently, as an elementary school principal in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. She led her staff in achieving AdvancED STEM certification in 2017 and Cognia STEM recertification in 2021.
Sherrie holds a bachelor's in chemistry from Tennessee Tech University as well as a master's and doctoral degree in education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her passion for social justice and service has influenced her work and research to focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, alternative education pathways, teacher leadership, strategic planning, and continuous improvement.