Terri Shermett joined Ann Storck Center in mid-May as the new CEO, and she’s exactly what you’d hope for in a leader. Imagine a little girl who dreams of being a football coach when she grows up. That’s Terri. And while she never did get that football coach position, she’s honed her leadership, team-building and inspirational skills in a variety of roles within the Broward County School System and beyond.
“My background is in special education, and I’ll always be an educational leader at heart no matter what I’m doing, whether that’s running a meeting or presenting at a conference” said Terri.
Terri has taught ages preschool through adult education in every setting from night school to corporate training. She’s held a variety of leadership roles in special education for Broward County Public Schools, such as ESE Program Specialist, District Preschool ESE Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Parent Educator and Assistant Principal. Most recently, she was the Operations Officer at Broward Children’s Center, a non-profit that provides health, therapy, social services and educational services to children and young adults.
In all her experience serving the neurodiverse population, Terri strongly believes that everyone is capable of greatness, no matter their abilities.
“I can think of countless student stories where children and even adults struggled in school because of different abilities, but they also possessed incredible talent and accomplishments,” explained Terri. “Ann Storck Center was created under the belief that everyone can be nurtured to their potential, and that’s something I’m deeply passionate about.”
She’s looking forward to expanding Ann Storck Center’s programs to help the South Florida population even more. This includes a larger Adult Day Training (ADT) program, expanding the ages served in our school to better serve the local community, and most importantly, more support for families caring for loved ones with disabilities.
“I want to provide wraparound services for our families, a one-stop-shop for all their needs,” explains Terri. “I’ve dealt with extended illness in my family, and it made me realize how much caretakers and family members need support. I want to offer that kind of support here at Ann Storck Center.”
If you come by Terri’s office, you’ll always see her door open and you might even receive a warm welcome from Zoe, her loving golden-doodle dog. With her open-door policy, you’d be pleasantly greeted anytime. She hopes you’ll come by and say hi!