An experienced educator of 18 years, Richard Sherin (he/him/his) has seen many well-meaning schools fail to be sustainable in their communities due to a lack of partnerships and resources. Moreover, he’s seen students unable to access the personal development and skills needed to succeed in college or career. This fuels Richard’s determination to found and lead a high school that will prepare youth to find success post-graduation.
“Children are capable of monumental achievements when they are provided a stable, supportive environment with high expectations for personal growth and skill development. My vision for a school is grounded in preparing students for post-secondary readiness; helping them to define their goals and take inventory of the skills they already possess; and mentoring students to attain a higher education or get the needed training for entry into a career.” Richard’s proposed school will prepare students for careers in STEM and the medical field, two areas that are especially in-demand in St. Louis. The school’s founding team includes local university professors who are committed to seeing a pipeline of graduates enter college for medical degrees or move directly into careers in St. Louis. Richard is also committed to stewarding partnerships with universities and companies who will provide internships, professional certifications, college credit/classes, and hands-on field experiences to his students.
Richard is an entrepreneur-in-residence at The Opportunity Trust, where he is designing a STEM early college high school. He most recently served as principal of School of the Future in Philadelphia. Prior to this, he spent eleven years working as a teacher leader in Maryland’s public school system. Richard received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds a master’s in teaching from University of Maryland, Baltimore.