Graduation is just a few days away, and the David O. McKay School of Education has three speakers lined up for the ceremony. Students Natalie Merrill Scherck and Shelly Ann Karren will share their remarks, and guest speaker Paul Sweat, superintendent of Wasatch County School District, will follow them.
Scherck is from central Washington and is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She served a full-time mission in Guatemala and currently enjoys serving at church in the primary and in the ward choir. After graduation, she and her husband look forward to the birth of their first child, and Scherck plans to support her husband through graduate school.
Before pursuing her MEd in educational leadership and foundations at the McKay School, Shelly earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Utah and a master’s degree in literature from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has been a teacher for twelve years, and with her second master’s, Shelly will continue her career as an assistant principal next year at Union Middle School in her hometown, Sandy, Utah.
Superintendent Paul Sweat has worked in the Wasatch County School District in Heber City, Utah, for the past 25 years. Between his earliest experience as a middle school math teacher and his appointment as superintendent in 2016, he seems to have held almost every position in between. As the high school principal, his support of professional learning communities extended to bringing a new high school to Heber Valley by building community support for the project, consulting on its design, and seeing it through to completion. Most recently Sweat has led a digital learning initiative in the Wasatch County School District, which implements a digital conversion program that offers an individualized education with cutting-edge instructional strategies. Sweat has served on the Utah State Digital Learning Advisory Board, has been nominated to be a member of the National Superintendents Association of the Digital Consortium, and was recently invited to attend the Superintendent Digital Transition Symposium in San Diego this May.
Sweat is proud to be a graduate of BYU, where he received an education degree in 1991. He later received a master of education degree from the University of Utah and is currently a doctoral candidate at Utah State University, where he is studying education leadership, curriculum, and instruction.
The speakers will address graduates and guests at the McKay School convocation on Friday, April 28, at 8:00 a.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse.