Sheryl R. Abshire

Sheryl Abshire, Ph.D, Chief Technology Officer of Calcasieu Parish School System in Lake Charles, LA and a nationally recognized consultant and speaker, is a leader in technology integration across the school curriculum.

A veteran educator, Sheryl has worked as a school principal, K-5 teacher, library/media specialist, classroom teacher, assistant professor at Lamar University, and as an adjunct professor at McNeese State University & Louisiana Tech University.

In 2010 she was appointed by the FCC to the United Service Administrative Company board representing the nation’s schools and libraries on ERATE matters. In May 2009, the International Society for Technology in Education awarded Dr. Abshire the first Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award for her work promoting educational technology. Sheryl is on the ISTE Standards and Accreditation Committee and serves on numerous national, state, and district committees focusing on the role of technology and curriculum integration in changing educational practice.

Sheryl’s honors and awards include: 1991 NEA/NFIE Christa McAuliffe Fellow, 1990 Louisiana Technology Teacher of the Year; 1992 National Teacher Hall of Fame Inductee; 1998 Louisiana Computer Using Educator of the Year; 1999 McNeese State University Distinguished Alumnus; 2002 National Christa McAuliffe Award winner; and the 2008 University of New Orleans Outstanding Doctoral Student in Educational Leadership.