Cheryl is a primary and secondary school classroom teacher, having held specialist primary classroom roles in Music and Visual Art and taught secondary Music, Drama, English and Creative Arts.
In 2022 Cheryl was awarded the Minister’s Arts Education Award, Public Secondary Educator, for outstanding contribution to the teaching profession in South Australia.
She has authored many resources for Music Room and Bushfire Press and has run many Music Room training sessions in Australia and South East Asia.
Since 2014 Cheryl has presented music technology workshops for individual schools in South Australia, EdTechSA, national music conferences and with Music EdNet on their DAYTiME conference circuit around Australia and New Zealand.
In 2016 Cheryl was inducted as a Music EDnet Mentor, recognised across Australia and New Zealand as an outstanding practicing primary education music teacher utilising technology in a range of creative and effective ways in the classroom. She is also an Apple Teacher, Book Creator & Makey Makey Ambassador.
Cheryl has developed a Professional Development (PD) unit introducing Digital Portfolios to classroom teachers.
Through Cheryl’s passion to transform the classroom by integrating technology throughout the curriculum, she joined Bushfire Press in 2008 with the Interactive Music Room Project, adapting the Music Room curriculum for use on Interactive Whiteboards.
With the introduction of iPads and coding into schools Cheryl has written a series called Music Room Tech: Technology projects for the music classroom, incorporating the pedagogies of inquiry, STEAM, and Project Based Learning through units of work using music specific and general iPad apps, computer software and coding.
She continues to develop resources for Bushfire Press, the latest of which are Music Room Choice Boards and Music Room Games.