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Turlock Christian welcomes new superintendent

Turlock Christian welcomes new superintendent

Joan Burnam shows new Turlock Christian Schools superintendent Sherman Glenn the textbook she plans to use in her Spanish 3 class at Turlock Christian High on Thursday. Although no stranger to Turl...


POSTED August 7, 2009 10:54 p.m.
A new superintendent will be heading up Turlock Christian Schools this year, although, Sherman Glenn is no stranger to the district. He helped develop the mission statement for Turlock Christian Schools and has been counseling students on a limited basis over the past 25 years, when asked to do so by the district.
Glenn is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has been an educator in the Turlock and Modesto area for over 30 years. He holds a master’s degree in education with an extensive background in psychology.  
“If you had asked me four months ago if I were going to be superintendent at Turlock Christian Schools, I would have said ‘you’re crazy,’” Glenn said.
Since 2002, Glenn has been working with low income, low achieving students in the Winton School District. When he first took over as principal at Frank Sparks Elementary, Glenn said that the API score was very low. The next year, Frank Sparks showed more than four times the normal improvement in API scores. Glenn hopes to bring his knowledge and background in academic improvement to Turlock Christian Schools.
Another thing that Glenn hopes to bring to his new district is the Promethean smart board. Instead of a traditional chalk board or a white board, where the teacher writes information for students’ to copy, a Promethean board would allow students to interact with each lesson. Students could answer and ask questions, take assessments, and share their work instantly with other classmates using a hand-held device. Glenn said that the boards would engage students and teachers with the lesson in a more active way. Glenn’s goal is for every Turlock Christian Schools classroom to have a Promethean board by March.
While Glenn was principal of Wakefield Elementary School, there were Promethean boards installed in 14 classrooms. He enjoyed the academic success that he saw his students achieving with the new technology, but decided to retire from public schools when he was offered the superintendent position with Turlock Christian Schools.
“A Christian setting is important to me, for the development of the whole person,” Glenn said.
Glenn attended Golden Gate Seminary, where he studied ways to integrate theology with counseling. In 1987, he opened a private practice to council pastors and their families from all over California. He also practices general marriage and family counseling in the area.
Glenn believes that if you instill academic achievement, character, and the philosophy for giving back to the community in students, enrollment in the district will take care of itself.
To contact Andrea Goodwin, e-mail agoodwin@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2003.
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