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Sherry Vanderploeg

Master of Education Instructor

M.A., Viterbo University
B.A., Northwestern College

sherry.vanderploeg@nwciowa.edu

Profile

Professor Vanderploeg specializes in early childhood education and leadership. She is certified to teach pre-K through grade 6 and music through grade 8. She began her career three decades ago establishing and directing two preschools that are still operating today, and she has led early childhood staff in achieving the highest 5-star rating through the Iowa Quality Rating Scale. Vanderploeg has experience as a public and private school music teacher and as a public school early learning coordinator, offering home visits for families with children ages birth to three. She also has taught undergraduate- and graduate-level college courses.


Research and expertise

  • Iowa Early Learning Standards Review & Rewrite Committee (2017)
  • Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children Fall Institute Workshop Presenter (2012, 2013, 2015)
  • Leadership Fellowship Award from the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children (2011-12)
  • Iowa Early Learning Standards Review & Rewrite Committee (2012)

Professional experience

  • Workshop presenter, Fall Institute Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children (2017)
  • Advisory Board Member, Joshua Christian Academy, Des Moines (2016-present)
  • Volunteer Curriculum & Teacher In-Service Director, Joshua Christian Academy, Des Moines (2016-present)
  • Professional Development Specialist, Council for Professional Recognition (2013)
  • Positive Behavior Intervention Supports Early Childhood Trainer (2013)
  • National Director Credential, McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership (2011)
  • Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale Certificate, ECERS-R (2011)
  • New Staff Orientation Training Certificate, Iowa State University (2011)
  • Parents As Teachers, St. Louis, Missouri (1992)

Memberships

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Honors

  • Leadership Fellowship Award, Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children, 2011
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