Sherry Springer is the mother of three sons and a retired Army Sergeant with a background in the medical field. Talk with her for a few minutes, and her warmth and genuine love for her students will reassure you completely that your daughter is going to grow as a person under this woman’s care.
“These girls are my family,” Ms. Springer says. “They are away from home, so you’ve got to know how to lead them, but at the same time have compassion, because these girls are not in the military, even though we have the military structure here. You have to understand that for these girls to trust you and want you to lead them.”
Ms. Springer believes that her first priority is the students’ safety and well-being, and a large part of that is accounting for them and making sure they are where the need to be when they need to be there. But in no way does her job end there. “Each one is so very different and they love to share their stories and their day. As soon as I come on duty they want to talk. We have open communication. I try to involve myself in their school grades, to let them know I care about their grades and their lives outside of the dorm.”
“The best thing you can do is be yourself with these cadets,” she adds. “Be a human being. Hold them accountable and use their leadership.”
While serving in the military, Ms. Springer moved often and has spent time in Hawaii, the East Coast, and the West Coast, and she is at home in the global community of R-MA. Upon her retirement from the Army, she planned to work with people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, but life’s circumstances brought her to the Shenandoah Valley and she began developing a strong desire to mentor others. After short periods in the medical field, as an assistant manager at a restaurant, an office manager, and the Senior TAC (Training and Counseling) Officer at Massanutten Military Academy, she finally arrived at R-MA in August of 2017, where she feels she belongs.
“I’m so thankful that Col [Marcelo] Goncalez [boys’ dorm CLS] brought me to R-MA,” she says. “I love this school. I hope to be here for a long time.”
- Certified Medical Assistant in Medical, Maric College of Medical Careers
- Student Vocational Nurse Training in Medical, Concorde Career Institute
- Technical/Certifications in Emergency Management, Academy of Health Sciences
- Undergraduate Courses in Human Services/Psychology, Argosy University