Sherry Frachey has been an educator for 39 years and currently serves as the student support leader at Iles School in Springfield, Illinois. She has an M.A. in psychology and counseling and an M.S. in educational administration. She is certified in gifted education by the state of Illinois and a certified trainer for SENG, a coalition for meeting the social emotional needs of gifted students.
Sherry co-authored an action-grounded, mixed-methods research study titled Is Ignorance Really Bliss? for Illinois State University in 2010, which found a strong correlation between anxiety and intelligence. She then became passionate about stress reduction and restorative justice practices in schools. Sherry now partners with the Memorial Medical Center Foundation and the Harvard School of Medicine’s Benson-Henry Mind/Body Institute to teach The Relaxation Response, a stress-reduction program that uses developmentally appropriate exercises for school-age children.
Passionate about teaching students to be active and compassionate global and local citizens, Sherry guides service-learning projects and is proud to work in a Mix It Up at Lunch Day Model School. She is the author of several children’s books and CD projects that teach and reinforce social emotional intelligence lessons. Her work has been featured on Yoko Ono’s website IMAGINE PEACE, Everyone Matters and Free the Children.