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Sheryl O'Sullivan

Title:Assoc Prof Lecturer
Office:Warde Academic Center
Department: Education


Sheryl O'Sullivan has been an elementary teacher and principal as well as a professor of teacher education during her career. Her academic publications include four books and numerous articles. In addition, O'Sullivan has published several works for children in such magazines as "Cricket." Besides her degrees in education, she also holds a master's degree in theology and ethics. She and her husband own a tiny cottage in County Clare, Ireland, where they spend their summers.

Courses Taught

  • Literacy Instruction (Elementary, Secondary and Diagnostic)
  • Children's Literature
  • Adolescent Literature
  • Introduction to Education
  • Teacher as Leader
  • Reflective Educator
  • Gifted Education
  • Master's Seminar and Thesis
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Literature and Language
  • Early Childhood Programs
  • Child Development
  • Freshman Writing Seminar
  • Celtic Mythology

Selected Teaching Presentations

Multicultural children's and adolescent literature

Award-winning Irish children's literature

Teacher Education in the United States

Dysfunctional schools and how to fix them

Images of God in children's literature

Children's literature and character education

The female hero's journey in children's literature

Celtic mythology for the classroom teacher

Teaching portfolios

Developing the teacher leader

Poetry as prayer

Selected Publications

Books and Monographs

Informal Reading Inventory: Just the Bones. Bridges of Ross Books. 2015.

Teaching a Child to Read: Just the Bones. Bridges of Ross Books. 2014.

A Festival of Talent: Wisdom from the First Decade of the Charlotte S. Huck Children's Literature Festival. Kendall/Hunt Publishers. 2007.

The Teaching Portfolio: A Strategy for Faculty Development and Evaluation. Rowman and Littlefield. 1996. Co-authored with J.E. Green.

Early Childhood Education. Teacher Created Materials. 1996.

Fixing Broken Schools: Applying Organizational Analysis to Dysfunction in Schools. Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation. 2005.

Character Education through Children's Literature. Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation. 2002.

Chapters and Articles

"And a Little Child Shall Lead Them: Children's Literature and Faith Integration" in Pacino, M. (Ed.). Faith Integration and Schools of Education. Precedent Press. 2012.

"Early Childhood Education Programs" in Kelble, E. Establishing Special Schools for the Gifted. National Association for Gifted Children. 1999.

"Teacher Education in the United States." International Journal of Arts and Sciences, 2016. Vol. 8, Issue 7.

"Catholic Relief Services." Baker Handbook of Denominations and Ministries. Kurian, G. (ed). Baker Books. 2013.

"The Hero Was a Girl." The Dragon Lode: The Journal of the Children's Literature and Reading. Fall 2008.

"The Invisible Being: Finding Images of God in Secular Children's Literature." Christian Education Journal. Spring 2006.

"Evil in Lois Lowry's, Messenger." The ALAN Review. Fall 2005.

"The Soul of Teaching: Educating Teachers of Character." Action for Teacher Education. Winter 2005.

"Books to Live By: Using Children's Literature for Character Development." The Reading Teacher. April 2004.

"Women in Celtic Mythology." Phoebe: Journal of Feminist Scholarship, Theory and Aesthetics. Spring 2001.

"Changing Conceptions About Teaching: The Use of Portfolios with Pre-Service Teachers." Teacher Education Quarterly. Spring 1995.

"Pre-Kindergarten: The Possible Dream." Principal. May 1990.

Works for Children

"Sitting on Top of the World." Shine Brightly. October 2004.

"Deirdre of the Sorrows." Cricket. March 2003.

"The Girl with the Colorless Eyes." New Moon. May/June 2002