Alumni Appreciation Night, February 2014.
Sherri Smith Dodgson (’94, Education) is grateful to SUU for preparing her to join the workforce, facilitate her own classroom and develop the minds of her students.
With a mission to make smart cool, Sherri founded Discover Science 4 Kids and Miss Science in 2009 as a way to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education for children Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade in the greater Phoenix area. She is spreading her wings nationally through a partnership with Biz in a Boxx (a youth entrepreneurship program). She is also a contributor on Arizona Midday (NBC 12-Phoenix) sharing with families how to make the connection between home, school and science.
She volunteers in her community by serving on several committees that promotes quality education and programs. Currently she serves on the Arizona SciTech Festival Advisory Committee, the Scottsdale Workforce Committee, the Scottsdale Unified School District Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee and the Scottsdale Unified School District STEM and Afterschool Sub-Committee. She is also a former legislative liaison for the Scottsdale Parent Council.
Sherri credits SUU for peaking her desire to learn, something she had not experienced growing up. Professor Richard Dotson had a profound on her education. Chemistry was not her forte but Professor Dotson worked with her and held multiple study sessions to help her get through the class.
Husband Joe played football at SUU and Sherri fondly remembers cheering the team on victory at the 1993 conference championship in Sacramento. Other favorite SUU memories include dancing with Orchesis and Zoology field trips that cultivated her love of “critters”.
The Dodgsons live in Scottsdale, Arizona and are the parents of two children, Alex (16) and Cassidi (14).