MANSFIELD -- Sheryl Weber has held numerous roles in the field of education, from teacher to administrator to school board member.
Last week, she undertook yet another role as president of the Mansfield City Schools board of education. Weber was elected the president of the board on Jan 5 during the board’s 2021 organizational meeting.
This will be Weber’s sixth year on the board, but her first as president.
“I feel very honored and humbled,” Weber said. “I was pleased. You’re always pleased when your fellow board members feel that you can lead the board.
“Basically being president is running the meetings, being the spokesperson for the board and the district. Nobody's vote weighs more than another person. Being president or vice president you're just there to serve."
Gary Feagin, who was re-elected as vice president of the board, nominated 2020 board president Renda Cline to retain the position. Cline and Feagin voted in favor of Cline, while Weber, Chris Elswick and Linda Golden voted for Weber.
Weber was nominated by fellow board member Elswick, who cited her experience as a teacher and administrator as qualifications for the role.
“(Weber) has been on the board for some period of time,” Elswick said. “Generally, you kind of take turns being officers on the board. It wasn’t anything to do with Renda doing a bad job or anything.”
Weber said her primary goal is to ensure the district continues to provide its students with a quality education, in spite of the challenges presented by the pandemic.
“Just being able to keep our students, our staff and everyone safe, being sure that we offer our students a quality education ... making sure they have the right tools and making sure our teachers have the right tools as well,” she said.
Weber said that the district’s technology department has been crucial in ensuring that learning continues regardless of whether students are in-person or online. She encouraged parents to contact their school if they experience problems with school issued Chromebooks.
“We have a great tech department that is making sure if a student's Chromebook goes down, a parent can bring it in and it gets fixed right away," she said.
Weber was elected to the board in November 2015, just months after retiring from the district. She ran for re-election and won in 2019.
“It was something I had thought about for several years before I retired,” Weber said.
Weber’s 32-year career in Mansfield City Schools began as a substitute teacher in 1985. She was hired full-time in 1989 and spent the next seven years teaching at Malabar Middle School.
After earning a master’s in administration, she worked as an administrator at Malabar Middle, Stadium Elementary and Newman Elementary. But Weber missed teaching, so she chose to return to the classroom and finished her career as a high school social studies teacher.
“It was the best experience,” Weber said. “Being a teacher was something that I always wanted to do. I’ve never regretted it.”