Sherry Zei earned a bachelor and master degree at University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. She began her career at Two Rivers Elementary. She moved to Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools and taught at West Junior High School and Lincoln High School from 1975-2006. Sherry mentored young art teachers and was a strong role model to staff and students alike. More than one student credited her as their biggest factor in their high school success. She created a student art intern program at WJH that continued until 2010. At Lincoln she developed both a fibers and video arts programs. Sherry also advised the National Art Honor Society, Visual Arts Classic team and assisted with Bloodstone literary arts magazine. She was recognized as the teacher of the year at LHS in 1999.
Sherry was involved in WAEA programs throughout her years of teaching. Sherry was co-chair for the Youth Art Month Program. She was also the regional and State chair for Visual Art Classic for over a decade. She was awarded the Certificate of Merit for her work with VAC, Educator of the Year twice, the President’s Award and was recognized for her Service to the Community by WAEA. She was recognized at the NAEA National conference two times.
1982 WAEA outstanding educator
1985 WAEA Presidents award for YAM
1985 NAEA Award of excellence for YAM in New Orleans
1991 WAEA secondary educator of year
1999 LHS Teacher of the Year
2000 Kohl Fellowship Award Nomination
2003 WAEA art educator of the year
2003 NAEA art educator of the year in Minneapolis