2022 Woman of Distinction – Cheryl Sennett

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Cheryl Sennett (3rd Grade Teacher, Converse Elementary)

Cheryl Sennett has taught for the School District of Beloit for 32 years. She is currently a third-grade teacher at Converse Elementary. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a Master’s Degree in reading from UW Whitewater. She has received the Outstanding Educator Award and Rotary Teacher of the Month.

Cheryl was born and raised in Beloit. She has always been surrounded by family and friends that are involved in the community and enjoys helping others. She has given back to her community in various ways including Relay for Life, Hands of Faith, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and helped with many of her children’s band, drama and sports activities. She is an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church, where she is the Sunday school superintendent and is on the church council. She has organized and been involved in many community outreach programs sponsored by Messiah such as Trunk or Treats, Easter Extravaganzas, Vacation Bible schools, and the church’s food pantry.  She enjoys giving her time, talents and treasures, and feels she gets back as much as she gives.

Throughout her career she has been involved in many committees and organizations including Leadership team, BEA building representative, safety committee, textbook adoption committees, coached elementary sports, PTO member, Just Say No, Destination Imagination Coach, and been a mentor to many teachers.

Cheryl feels her greatest accomplishment is her own children. She made sure her children were also present and involved in her volunteer and community activities, instilling in them that helping others is one of the most important things you can do to show love to others. One of her proudest moments was when her daughter received the Mercy Foundation Day of Difference Award, which is given to a student committed to making a difference in her community and a passion for helping those less fortunate.

Cheryl strives to make a difference in kids’ lives. She believes if you encourage kindness and teach empathy to a child, they will feel better not only about the world they live in but also about themselves.