Degrees and Certifications:
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; Early Adolescents & Young Adults: Career & Technical Education Master's of Science: Vocational Education Bachelor's of Science: Agriculture Education
Ms. Sherrie Cleavinger
After graduating from high school, Ms. Cleavinger completed a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Education from Kansas State University and a Master's degree in Vocational Education from the University of Kentucky. Over the past 20 years, she has been an agricultural educator at 4 school districts in 2 states.
Ms. Cleavinger grew up on a small livestock and row crop farm; selling 4-H/FFA market projects at the county fair to finance her undergraduate degree. To build industry experience, she worked at a research feedlot during college & interned at a wholesale nursery. Now, she dedicates her time to the classroom & FFA chapter, supporting multiple former state FFA officers, as well as American FFA Degree recipients, into leadership positions.
Within the Lawrence school district, Ms. Cleavinger works with the Farm to School program. The Lawrence FFA chapter conducts an annual supply drive for the local Humane Society while students enrolled in the Plant Science course raise poinsettias during the fall and flowers/vegetables for a spring plant sale.
During a “normal” summer, Ms. Cleavinger mentors new lead teachers for the Curriculum for Agricultural Science (CASE). Through their Curriculum Institutes, she has worked with educators from over 10 states while expanding their knowledge in Animal Science as well as Plant Science.
Any spare time in her life is spent with her two girls. They love playing basketball and soccer during the school year. They return to the family farm as frequently as possible. While there, they help in the garden, feed the chickens, collect eggs, and prepare bottles for the calves in the barns.