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Sherri and AnnabelleA former newspaper reporter, Sherri covered social services and education, among other news beats, most recently as a staff writer for The Tampa Tribune. She also happily worked on stories about travel and eating, two other favorite topics.

Growing up, school choice for Sherri and her sister meant moving frequently with their mother and grandmother. Sherri attended nine public schools in three states before graduating from Brandon High in Florida. College followed, paid for with a small grant and loan, and jobs as an oyster shucker, bank teller, bartender and waiter before — finally! — landing a writing job at a community newspaper. Sherri has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications/news editing from the University of South Florida in Tampa.

The mother of two children who attend a charter elementary school, Sherri enjoys family road trips with husband Steve traveling to the annual cousin reunion in her home state of Indiana, camping in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and searching for vintage junk and the best she-crab chowder along the East Coast.

As a public relations manager at Step Up For Students, she works with media across the country, promoting scholarship programs and Step Up’s public service announcements. She also writes stories about the families Step Up serves to help make more parents aware of their educational options.

Have a great story for Sherri? Reach her at sackerman@sufs.org. Follow her on Twitter: @SherriAckerman1

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