Shari Waters


Before LEAD:
Most recently I had the honor of leading the Flexible Personalized Learning (FPL) program at Platte County High School for the past 5 years. This model was comprised of teachers team teaching in blended classes, as well as same content. Teachers collaborated to create rich, engaging PBL learning for students.
I have had the pleasure of serving students and staff as a high school administrator for the past 15 of my 33 years in education. The majority of my career was spent as a Psychology teacher, head volleyball & swim coach, curriculum coordinator, and Associate Principal in Topeka Public Schools.

Why I'm at LEAD:
At my core is the belief that all students can learn, they do this in different ways, at different times, and at different rates. It is our responsibility to help students set goals, teach them to track and be invested in their learning, and mentor them along the way. This is best achieved in a flexible environment where student choice and voice help guide how students demonstrate their learning. I view LEAD as the venue to make this happen and that is why I am so thrilled to join the LEADers!

What I'm most looking forward to:
Building relationships with staff and students is what I look forward to the most! Constructing student and adult learning experiences, teaming with teachers to create authentic PBL for students, and supporting staff with the necessary resources to design agency and enrich each student in their personalized learning journey is what energizes me to continue to improve personally and professionally.

About me:
If you're looking for a partner for a round of golf... call me! I love to watch the Royals, Chiefs, and KU Basketball. Travel is always something that I try to work into my schedule, as I love the water (snorkel and SCUBA), golf, and am an avid beach walker! My family lives in Topeka so I try to make regular trips to spend time with them and stay with my mother. I've lived in Kearney for 10 years and really enjoy how accessible fun venues like concerts, farmer's markets, and downtown activities are and try to take advantage of these events. That said- I love being at home with my rescue terrier Lucy!