Beloved Gadsden County veteran educator and cheerleading coach Tammy Sherman died on February 18 in Cordell, Georgia in a single-car crash while coming back from a cheerleading competition.
“This is a huge loss to the district and our thoughts and prayers goes out to the Sherman family,” said Gadsden County School Superintendent Roger Milton. “We appreciate her years of service and extra efforts she put in.
“Personally I had the chance to work with her with the cheerleaders and it was a pleasure; she was truly dedicated,” Milton continued.
Sherman was an educator in Gadsden County for 14 years starting out in 2003.
Sherman served as the drop-out prevention teacher at Carter Parramore Academy in Quincy from 2003-2005.
She then was a Language Arts teacher at West Gadsden High School in Greensboro from 2005-2006, before switching to East Gadsden High School in Havana as a Language Arts teacher from 2007-2017.
This past school year, Sherman was serving as the Language Arts teacher at Carter Parramore Academy as well as the school’s graduation coach.
“She was the epitome of East Gadsden; she loved the students and always went the extra mile for students and built great relationships,” said Doug Stephens, an educator with Sherman at East Gadsden High who is now a physical education teacher and the athletic director at the now-merged Gadsden County High School.
According to Antonio Harris, Sherman’s oldest son, his mother was very dedicated to teaching in Gadsden County.
“My mother drove all the way from across Tallahassee close to the car museum to come to Gadsden County to teach,” Harris said.
Shanekquah Michelle was one of Sherman’s students and cheered under Sherman’s leadership.
“Personally Ms. Sherman was a woman who was very loving and although she would get on her students, she cared and supported everyone like we were her own kids,” Michelle said. “Her passion for cheerleading was impeccable; she went over and beyond for us every year, year-round.”
“She made it possible for some of us as cheerleaders who never experienced traveling and bonding to better enjoy the experience,” Michelle continued. “It was a way for us to escape from any problems we had.”
By Shamiya Harris