Noel Sheppard’s Retirement

Dear Sheridan Families,

I’m writing to let you know that our friend and teacher, Noel Sheppard, has decided to retire from Sheridan, effective immediately. As many of you know, Noel and his wife have been caring for aging parents in Australia. In February, Noel’s mother passed away, and Noel travelled to Australia to settle her affairs and move his father to a new home. While in Australia, Noel severely injured his back, and when he tried to return to work and to “his kids”, his back was uncooperative. Unfortunately, he now needs to again make the long journey to Australia, where his father has just entered hospice care. Given all of this, Noel is retiring early to care for his father and give his back the time it needs to heal.

Noel has been a teacher at Sheridan for eleven years and has taught all over the world for the last 40 years. He has dedicated his teaching life to not just curriculum, but also to developing children into kind, caring citizens of the world. As many of you know, the sixth grade classroom he helped create was a world of its own. Filled with mysterious acronyms, like SFT and SWF, IWP and YPG2NF, it also included rigorous curricular programs that allowed children to pursue their own interests, like The Family Journey Project and I-Search. We are thankful for his many contributions to our school. He will be greatly missed.

Brandi Smith will continue to teach Noel’s classes through the end of the year, and has been in close contact with Noel and Lina regarding curriculum. Our plans for next year will be shared in our 2019-20120 staffing update that will be published in News & Notes in late May.

Noel has written a special note to parents that you can read here.

We hope to plan a nice party for Noel when he is up to it. We’ll keep you posted about details. In the meantime, please send Noel your healing thoughts, both for his back and for his family.