School: Elmwood School
Cheryl has been Head of Elmwood since August 2008, when she was chosen by the Board of Governors, after a global search, to be the eleventh Headmistress of the School. She has a rich and diverse background in independent education having held progressively senior roles managing independent schools in the United Kingdom. She is passionate about education, especially the education of girls believing, “when you create an environment where girls feel at home, when they can truly be themselves, they unlock their intelligence, their passion and their greatness.” Prior to joining Elmwood, she served as Deputy Head at Bedford Preparatory School in Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, an independent boarding and day school for 1,100 boys. Previous to Bedford, Cheryl spent eight years working in all-girls’ schools in the United Kingdom. Educated at Queen’s University and the University of Toronto, she began her career teaching English and History in the Ontario public school system in near Hamilton, Ontario. Cheryl has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Education degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario where she attended the Concurrent Education program. She also holds a Certificate in Boarding School Management from the University of Surrey, United Kingdom.