Sheri Benson of Newton has been elected to the Heartland AEA Board of Directors and was sworn into office following her election at a special director district convention on Sept. 30, 2014. She will begin her service at the Board’s Oct. 14, 2014 meeting.
Benson was elected to fill the Director District 1 position previously held by Nels Turnquist, who passed away in June 2014. Benson will represent the Baxter, Bondurant-Farrar, Carlisle, Colfax-Mingo, Collins-Maxwell, Lynnville-Sully, Newton, PCM and Southeast Polk school districts on the AEA board and will serve until the end of Turnquist’s term in 2015.
“We’re delighted to have Sheri join our board,” Paula Vincent, Heartland AEA Chief Administrator, said. “We are excited to have Sheri collaborate with us and are confident her experience on the Newton school board and with other community organizations will be a great benefit to our work.”
Benson is an active community volunteer, serving in a number of volunteer roles for the Newton community. She is the president of the Newton Community Schools’ Board of Education, where she’s been a member since 1998. Benson has also served on the United Way board, SCORE, the Newton Transformation Council, Pastoral Council of Sacred Heart Parish, OPEN Sister City and Jasper County Wellness Coalition. She holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership and a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies, both from the University of Oklahoma.
“For my entire life I have been connected to schools and education in some way,” Benson said. “I know that finding differentiated ways for all students to achieve academic success benefits all of us. Thus, serving on a board, which focuses on education, selfishly allows me to stay connected and to add marketplace perspective to discussions.
“I believe as citizens of this Earth we are charged with the responsibility to serve one another. Volunteering to share our talents is a great way to fulfill that mission.”