Profile - Penny Rivard-Sherman

Penny Rivard-Sherman

Instructor Profile

Meet Penny Rivard-Sherman
Instructor of PTA

Master of Arts (MA) in Education, St. Catherine University; Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Physical Therapy, College of St. Scholastica

Question and Answer

  • Question

    What is your approach to teaching?


    I use a variety of teaching methods in my classes in order to accommodate all types of learners.

  • Question

    What inspires you as a teacher?


    I'm inspired by my students. I love standing in front of the classroom and looking out over the class and seeing the light bulbs flicker when they are starting to understand the material. That's what motivates me as a teacher.

  • Question

    What are some ways that you help students succeed when they need extra help?


    Students are always welcome to make an appointment with me to review material. Our program also has several things in place to help students: mentoring program, review sessions, study groups, and tutoring.

  • Question

    How do you help your students get the most out of your class?


    I try to incorporate active learning activities throughout class periods so students aren't sitting there listening to a lecture for the entire class period. I try to make learning fun to keep students engaged.

Fun Facts

  • Fun Fact #1

    It would not be unusual for you to see me dancing in the classroom.

  • Fun Fact #2

    I was born with polydactyly - an extra finger on each hand.

  • Fun Fact #3

    I love to scrapbook.

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