Sherrie Singer

Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction
Started 2012
I love that the students at Flintridge Sacred Heart are authentic and empowered. Watching students arrive as freshmen and seeing their journey through graduation on the Hill is bittersweet— I hate to see them leave, but I am so proud each year to launch the seniors because I know they are ready for what comes next.

What is your role at Flintridge Sacred Heart?

Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction

I am currently helping out with Feminists in Action, and I have served in many roles on campus in the past: research project advisor, US History teacher, retreat chaperone, and cheerleader of all student activities including visual and performing arts and athletic events.

What do your students call you?

Mrs. Singer

What made you want to work at Flintridge Sacred Heart?

As someone who was raised in the Catholic tradition and as a product of Catholic education, coming to work at Flintridge Sacred Heart was like coming home. I am also a true believer in the power of the educational experience at girls' schools.

What has been your proudest professional accomplishment?

Wow— so hard to name one thing after over 25 consecutive years working in a high school. But I would argue that any time I can help a student to gain confidence or stretch herself outside of her comfort zone, I feel it's a win.

What has been your favorite teaching moment at Flintridge Sacred Heart?

Since much of my work at Flintridge Sacred Heart involves faculty development, it brings me great joy to help teachers realize their best work by supporting their growth.

What excites you most about your work here on the Hill?

Too many things to name, but here's a few: the student energy at assemblies, Masses, and other community events, watching students interact in the classroom with their teachers, the sense of joy that prevails on campus, and working with such dedicated and brilliant colleagues who inspire me to do my job well.

What is Flintridge Sacred Heart's best kept secret?

The Hershey's Kisses in my office (come by anytime).

What do you love about the all-girls environment at Flintridge Sacred Heart?

I love that the students at Flintridge Sacred Heart are authentic and empowered. Watching students arrive as freshmen and seeing their journey through graduation on the Hill is bittersweet—  I hate to see them leave, but I am so proud each year to launch the seniors because I know they are ready for what comes next.

What's your favorite spot on campus?

Senior Lawn in the early evening is breathtaking. Especially in late May/June when the jacaranda trees are in bloom. There is no place like it on Earth.

When not in the classroom, where can you be found?

My office and the classrooms are my two most obvious habitats. I do love books, so you can find me in the library sometimes. I am also in Sister Celeste and Mrs. Johnston's offices rather often to collaborate. And here's something most people don't know: there is an exit door in my office that goes to a secret patio.

What's your favorite place in the world?

I lived overseas for a few years so I have traveled extensively. But if I have to narrow it down, I would say Chiang Mai, Thailand or Zanizbar, Tanzania are a couple of my favorite locations. The physical beauty, the culture, and the people are awe-inspiring.

What are you surprisingly good at?

Baking. I make pretty spectacular cakes. In fact, people tell me often that I should quit my day job to bake.

Who has made the biggest impact on your life?

Having a child later in life gave me a new purpose and made me realize a kind of love that I never knew was possible.

What book, movie, work of art, piece of music, etc. can you not imagine life without?

As someone who studied dance for the greater part of my younger years, I can't imagine life without it, even if I am just in the audience.

What did you want to be when you grew up (at age 12)?

I didn't really know what I wanted to be at age 12. I just knew that I wanted to be really good at whatever I ended up doing.

What do you want to be when you grow up (now)?

I love the work I do, so that wouldn't change. But I continue to work on myself as a leader and a role model for those in my sphere of influence.

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