Sheryl Sawin, Candidate for Moorestown BOE

Sawin, mother of three and former college professor, brings a wealth of educational experience to the race.

General Information

Name : Dr. Sheryl Sawin
Date of birth : 4 January 1964
Place of residence : Moorestown



Attended college : Yes
College : Colgate University
Degree : BA
Year of graduation : 1986

Grad school

University : University of Rochester
Degree : English Literature
Year of graduation : 1989

Ph D.

University : University of Rochester
Area of research : Renaissance Literature
Year of graduation : 1992

Employment Information

Job titles held : Professor of Literature, Study Skills Counselor, Learning Skills Specialist
Employers : University of North Carolina at Asheville, St. Joseph's University, University of Rochester

Political Information

Party affiliation : Democrat
Running for a: Local office
Running for position: Board of Education
Chamber/district: Moorestown
Incumbent: No
Previous elective offices : NA
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA

Other facts

I think I am uniquely situated to provide excellent experience and perspective to the Moorestown Board of Education. As a mom of three children, ranging in age from 6 to 17, I am currently exposed to the issues and concerns facing Moorestown students, parents and teachers at all levels of our educational system. In addition, as a former college professor, I understand the academic environment into which our children will be entering and for which they need to be prepared. I have had varied and significant experiences in many areas of education, including academic support, writing and composition, curriculum design, professional development for educators, assessment and leadership. I look forward to working with the current board to ensure Moorestown students, teachers and administrators have the support they need to succeed at the highest level. I am particularly interested in working on the curriculum committee, to provide my expertise in assessing and growing the academic programs at the and level.

Editor's note: The above information comes directly from the candidate.

Joe Johnson September 13, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Are you a Democrat? I bet if we checked voter records you are, and I'd bet so are D. George, Dawn McCarthy, and Julia Slater. I know John K is. I don't know this candidate, but would be there is not one Republican on here telling us how wonderful she is, just like there would be no Democrat jumping to the defense of one of the GOP candidates. Party politics is a real thing, and people have the right to disqualify a candidate from receiving their vote if they so choose if they are of an opposing ideology.
Rob Scott (Editor) September 13, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Joe Johnson, You are absolutely correct. Everyone has the right to disqualify a candidate from consideration based on their party affiliation. However, just became something is a right, doesn't mean it always needs to be exercised. The point I was trying to make—and I believe others on here are trying to make—is that the notion of opposing liberal v. conservative or Democrat v. Republican ideologies have little to no bearing on a school board race, and to rely on partisanship as the sole criterion for making a decision on the best candidate for such a position is misguided.
Bobby29 September 13, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Still no platform yet. Out of the four candidates posted on Patch so far, Pugh is the only one I've seen with a platform. Is great that she at least gave a statement to give us a little more insight but no "plan." I also agree with the statement above, she talks about the kids and teachers which are important but what about our taxes?
Moorestown Resident September 13, 2012 at 06:22 PM
If you check my voter registration you will find I have no party affiliation. When I vote, I choose the candidate that I personally feel is the best qualified for the position.
Bobby29 September 13, 2012 at 06:22 PM
I agree Rob. Their ideas and plans is what matters most. I think it is good to know party affiliation however, even though it is a non party race. Thanks for posting these!
Ed Nice September 13, 2012 at 06:25 PM
If I'm correct, I don't think the board raised taxes last year and for the last 2 years stood up to the school board and basically won. And just think they did that with both Dems and Rep. on the board. Sheryl Sawin is a great person which I had the pleasure of calling neighbor for many years. She is obviously qualified which is more than I can say for some of the candidates. Dave being a democrat did stop him from being apart of standing up to the teachers union. The current school board has done a great job lately of stopping the tail from wagging the head and taking back control. There really isn't anything a school board can do to control the spending folks. It's mainly driven by salaries and benefits, and they are still going up with no limit in sight. As long as we can keep the teachers costs in line then we shouldn't keep losing student services. We shouldn't have to pay to play, we already do. Every school team asks for cash every year to buy something they need to be able to play the sport. I think Dave has a proven track record right now and Sheryl will make a great addition to the school board. Leave politics out of it. Their is no room for it to matter. The bills are the bills and they have to figure out how to pay them hopefully with out raising taxes.
Tom September 13, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I find it troubling that posters have taken up to attacking their fellow citizens purely based on their political party. It does not surprise me that more and more have disassociated themselves with the 2 party system and instead look for something to vote on such as the qualifications, record or experience of the candidate(s). Given the attacks on here seem to be directed at anyone not labeled a "R", what would the "R" supporters or candidates do to improve the quality of our schools and deal with taxes? Whoever The can best answer this will earn my vote in this election. I look forward to the debates to hear the responses firsthand.
Michele September 13, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Check out Chris Moye and Brandon Pugh. Both are Republicans as you mentioned. They have laid out their ideas and platforms: Moye: http://moorestown.patch.com/articles/letter-to-the-editor-79 Pugh: http://www.pughforboe.com/platform They are great. They would deserve anyone's vote and will both work hard to earn it.
Michele September 13, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I mean, they make policy with money, right? So wouldn't their party matter in that way if they were democratic or republican?
MHS alumnus September 13, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Some of you sound like Obama supporters. Big talk running from behind.
Tony Camoratto September 14, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I have known Dr. Sawin for a number of years and have served on a board with her. She serves our community in many ways, including sports clubs and her work with the Tender. I have always found her to be open-minded and even tempered. Her experience as a mother of 3 and a professional educator will be great assets to the board. She will help the board find the best way to serve our students, teachers and residents. I am as Republican as they come, and I will cast my vote for Dr. Sawin based on her qualifications, experience and integrity. Tony Camoratto
Chris Welch September 14, 2012 at 01:58 AM
I'm a registered Republican and will gladly vote for Dr. Sawin because unlike the majority of you narrow minded people I vote based on qualifications. And so far I see nobody running that has better qualifications then Dr. Sawin.
Info box September 14, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Ok found it. Www.dimitrischneiberg.com check it out! Dimitri looks like someone who should be considered.
Yah Mo B There September 14, 2012 at 07:15 PM
I'd be curious to know how many of you "objective" folks who vote solely on qualifications voted for President Obama? On a sheet of paper with names, party affiliation, etc, crossed out, President Obama wouldn't have stood a chance. The D or R sure meant something. We all have biases. It is what it is. At the local level it might mean less but be honest with yourself, the association with party is the top of the list for "first impression" for these races political or not.
Jeff Seiden September 15, 2012 at 02:13 AM
This line of commentary is somewhat disturbing considering the topic at hand. Regardless of party affiliation, Dr. Sawin and other candidates for the Moorestown BOE are hoping to serve our children and our township as best they can. Education is not a business in the traditional sense. Investing in our children's education (with money as well as time and effort) is vital to the well-being of Moorestown. If we are to continue to attract families with strong values and a focus on education, we need to redouble our efforts to ensure that our schools are top notch. Personally, I applaud all of the candidates for throwing their hats in the ring for what is generally a thankless, difficult task. With the experience, dedication, and focus of people like Dr. Sawin, there is hope that Moorestown can remain the town that attracted me and my family to move here.
Pete September 15, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Jeff makes excellent points and I certainly agree. He states that education is not a business in the traditional sense, and that is correct – but a BOE staffed with people that have only education background is a big mistake. You need a variety of folks, including those with private business experience to remind the members that their responsibilities include students, teachers AND taxpayers.
Tax Playa September 15, 2012 at 04:26 PM
@Sheryl- Would you support this pension reform: http://www.njtanews.blogspot.com/2012/09/sign-pledge-for-fairer-pension-system.html
Pete September 16, 2012 at 12:41 AM
I certainly would support that NJTA proposal.
Chris Welch September 17, 2012 at 11:31 AM
@ Pete - "but a BOE staffed with people that have only education background is a big mistake. " How many of the current BOE members have education backgrounds ?
Pete September 17, 2012 at 01:19 PM
@Chris - I think the present Board has been doing a good job, whatever their backgrounds. Do you have a problem with Diversity?
Chris Welch September 17, 2012 at 02:10 PM
@Pete - Yes I support diversity. How about you ? Here's the current board . I don't see anyone with Education experience. Don Mishler – Banking A. Leigh Powell – CEO, iContracts, Inc Kathy Goldenberg – Business Degree. Worked in Finance Kevin O’Sullivan – (Engineer) Information Technology Services David Weinstein – Public finance Robert Hill – Real Estate Developer Matthew Simeone – Business Owner Christina Zajac – Partner in Management Consulting Firm Can Dr. Sawin count on your support ? In the name of diversity of course.
Pete September 17, 2012 at 06:31 PM
@Chris- Seems that you are trying to test me about the backgrounds of BOE members when you knew all along what they were. Glad I didn’t take the bait and waste my time………. As I stated earlier, the current Board has been doing good job.
Ed Nice September 17, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Pete I don't get what the double standard is for Dr. Sawin....you have to know she is qualified maybe more than the others. Is it like you complaining about the BOE budget but being on the library board and having taxpayers build a new building..do you support that use of taxpayer spending or have you spoken out against it?
Pete September 17, 2012 at 08:14 PM
@Ed - It matters not a bit if you like me or don't. But, where did I say Sawin was not qualified? Where?
Chris Welch September 17, 2012 at 08:19 PM
@Pete -Trying to test you ? No. I just figured since you made a comment about the dangers of the board having too many educators you would actually know what the backgrounds were of the current members. I didn't know their backgrounds. I just took the 10 minutes to look them up. So will you vote for someone with an education background ?
Edmond George September 17, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I am deeply concerned about the divisiveness being expressed here. I have been asked to assist the town during administrations that were dominated by democrats and republicans. EDAC provided a great deal of assistance to the predominately Republican counsel - and believe it or not - they were happy for the help - no matter what my affiliation. I would also indicate that to say someone is a Democrat or Republican does not mean the person agrees with or ascribes to every platform position. It is just silly to suggest that. So let us move on. The BOE has several capable business people as well as people with interests in the arts, athletics, etc. It is a mix - with everyone bringing something to the table. I've never heard them engaged in partisanism. And since there don't appear to be partisan issues for the BOE, we should move this conversation to the merits. Sawin is educated and interested. She is a college professor and has children in the school system.
Ed Nice September 17, 2012 at 08:53 PM
@Pete I guess this is new way to respond LOL!! Where did I say you said she was unqualified....you claimed she didnt mention taxpayers and I asked you as a member of Library board how you feel about taxpayers being on the hook for a new building since you brought up the taxpayer and spending. Do you support a new library paid for by the taxpayers or not?
Bookworm Gal September 18, 2012 at 12:51 PM
These comments are so depressing. I am an Independent voter and I think having someone like Sheryl Sawin would be nothing but a benefit for our town. Her qualifications are great, and I would love to have more educators involved in town! She has my vote for sure.
John K October 24, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Moorestown is lucky to have a candidate with these kinds of educational credentials running for school board. I'm delighted Ms. Sawin is willing to use her expertise and devote her energies to keep the quality of our schools first-rate. She will have my vote!
K October 25, 2012 at 03:16 PM
American Woman, you clearly do not have the best interests of the children in mind when you say run schools like a buisness. Education is not a buisness. Buisness is what ruins and gets in the way of education. Educating children is the #1 priority and function of a school.


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