2016-01-17 / Insight

Every day a great day for Dryden’s Czerwinski

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 •pfoley@mihomepaper.com


Sheryl Czerwinski said she can’t imagine doing anything other than teaching. She said Dryden’s sense of family is a big part of why she’s stayed there two decades. 
Photo by Phil Foley Sheryl Czerwinski said she can’t imagine doing anything other than teaching. She said Dryden’s sense of family is a big part of why she’s stayed there two decades. Photo by Phil Foley DRYDEN — Teaching at Dryden High School, Sheryl Czerwinski said, “is the best job in the world.”

She has been doing it for 20 years and currently teaches English, drama, SAT prep, Greek mythology and two college courses —freshman composition for Ferris State University and public speaking for Baker College, at the high school.

She said when she was in high school another teacher, Sarah Moran, “was the person I wanted to be when I grew up.” Czerwinski added, “We still exchange Christmas cards.”

It’s the feeling of family that has kept Czerwinski at Dryden for her entire career. “This is the first year I’ve had a student who is the daughter of one of my former students,” she said. “It’s great.”

She said one of the best things about graduation ceremonies at Dryden is watching a slide show showing a small group of kids growing up together.

Czerwinski, 43, sees her job as more than simply teaching her students how to create a coherent paragraph. “I want to teach them to be people who are considerate, productive members of society,” she commented.

Along with teaching at Dryden High School, Czerwinski is on the Lapeer Center for the Arts Board that manages the PIX Theatre and Gallery 194.

She said the worst part of teaching is “never getting everything done in the day and always having homework on the weekends.”

Czerwinski said the best part of teaching is a cliché answer. “It’s seeing the lightbulb go on over their heads,” she said.

“When you can make a difference in their lives, you’re making a difference in the community. That’s what teaching is all about,” she said.

“I’ve always been a helper,” Czerwinski said.

The Michigan State University graduate said she can’t imagine teaching anywhere else, but someday when she retires from active teaching, she might consider teaching the next generation of teachers.

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