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Dr. Sherrie L. Jeffries

Dr. Sherrie L. Jeffries is the daughter of Lillian Jeffries and granddaughter of the late Willie Jeffries and the late Benjamin Smith. She is from Jonesville, SC and is a 1994 graduate of Jonesville High School. She has furthered her education in the following capacities:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Furman University, 1998
  • Master of Arts in Reading/Literacy, Furman University, 2003
  • Reading Recovery certification, Clemson University, 2006 & 2017
  • Doctor of Education in Professional Leadership, Converse University, 2022

Dr. Jeffries’ research at Converse University focused on the effects of mirror texts on Black males students’ reading development in kindergarten and first-grade. Her doctoral research is entitled “Title 1 Early Childhood Educators’ Perceptions of Black Males’ Reading Development Related to the Availability and Representation of Black Male Protagonists in Picture Books in Classroom Libraries”.

Over her 24-year teaching career, she has been a classroom teacher in 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 5th grade. Dr. Jeffries is currently a Reading Recovery teacher and reading interventionist for early childhood grade levels at Mary H. Wright Elementary in Spartanburg School District 7. She really loves teaching children to read!

She is the cofounder of a family literacy group called SPARK. SPARK stands for Students and Parents Advancing Reading Knowledge. Through SPARK families are introduced to African American children’s books and literacy strategies to help make family reading time more effective and enjoyable.

Dr. Jeffries is a member of New Day Baptist Church where she uses her gifts to serve in various capacities.