Dr. Sheri has worked in the field of education for over 30 years at the preschool, elementary, high school, and university levels. She has dedicated her professional career to serving students with disabilities and building the capacity of educators to better serve this unique population. After one of her sons sustained a mild traumatic brain injury in a car accident in 2010, Sheri had first-hand experience in the power of environmental modifications and metacognitive strategies in supporting people who struggle with executive functions. It was this personal experience that led her to focus her work on executive function skills and drove her to work closely with parents of children with disabilities, specifically children who may be inflexible, emotional, impulsive, and poor at planning and problem solving. It was also this experience that led her to write FLIPP the Switch: Powerful Strategies to Strengthen Executive Function Skills with her friend and co-author, Carol Burmeister.
An engaging and entertaining presenter, Sheri is a popular speaker who has presented nationally on a variety of topics focused on improving academic and behavioral performance of struggling students. She has also worked with aboriginal schools in Australia, coaching teachers and administrators in instructional and behavioral strategies. Sheri teaches university classes on special education, autism, and leadership and provides coaching for special education administrators. Sheri worked as part of the University of California, Riverside committee that developed a certificate program for teachers in the education of students with autism and she recently participated as a reviewer in the National Professional Development Center on Autism Disorder’s 2014 update on evidence-based practices. Sheri is the mother of four sons as well as a proud grandmother.
Carol Burmeister, MA, has over 40 years of experience as a paraprofessional, general education teacher, special education teacher, program specialist, university instructor, and consultant in a wide variety of educational settings. This has provided her with the opportunity to work with students with unique learning needs including those with cognitive, behavioral, communication, and autism spectrum disorders. Carol has provided leadership in the coordination and presentation of numerous professional development activities in the area of autism and related disorders as well as having partnered with Dr. Sheri Wilkins, Dr. Rebecca Silva, and the University California, Riverside to develop and implement a certificate program for teachers in the education of students with autism. She currently serves on the board of the Panhandle Autism Society.
Armed with the knowledge that evidence-based intervention practices for children with ASD are the basis on which effective programs are built, Carol served as a reviewer on both the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders’ and the National Clearinghouse on Autism Evidence and Practices’ updates on evidence-based practices. For the past several years, her work has focused on the crucial topic of executive function (EF), helping students and parents as well as educational professionals understand the complexity of social, academic, and behavioral challenges that accompany EF deficits and practical tools that support EF across all environments. Carol has presented at regional, national, and international conferences and has authored several articles on this topic. In addition, she is co-author, with Dr. Sheri Wilkins, of the book, FLIPP the Switch: Strengthen Executive Function Skills as well as FLIPP the Switch 2.0: Mastering Executive Function Skills from School to Adult Life for Students with Autism, co-authored with Dr. Wilkins and Dr. Rebecca Silva.