Scheery Lu Renken-Goekler is an Early Childhood certified teacher. Upon graduating from John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City, she married and relocated to Albuquerque, NM. After raising her family, she focused on her higher education. Scheery went on to receive:
an Associate of Art degree in Early Childhood Education from Albuquerque Technical Institute Community College a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education from UNM a Masters of Curriculum and Instruction from Wichita State University
Training and Experience Because of Scheery’s passion for teaching and working with children, she became a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in Washington, D.C. and has continued her membership for many years. She became president of the Salina Chapter of Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children (KSAEYC). Scheery presented at several annual conferences including the ones at the Professional Learning Institute. She also worked on committees for Week of the Young Child.
Ms. Renken-Goekler worked for over twenty years for the Council for Professional Recognition. This included helping candidates attain their Development Associate Credential (CDA), by teaching classes, doing observations, and helping set up developmentally appropriate classrooms or environments. She took the training in Washington, D.C. and other places to further her position and becoming a Council Representative so she could administer the final test to CDA Candidates.
During her career, Scheery has taught college-age students in New Mexico and Kansas as well as ages as young as six weeks. The youngest classes were in a challenging nontraditional school of gang members. She successfully taught the three-year-old and four-year-old programs including a student who received the first cochlear implant. She enjoyed observing them bloom and grow as the months went by. During this time she also taught Early Childhood Classes at the Community College.
Scheery has an immense love for children and a life-long love of Christ, so it was only natural that she enroll in Colloquy for Ministers of Religion courses. This took her on the path to Messiah Lutheran Church and School where she taught kindergarten students using their educational and religious curriculum and also tutoring ages three through eighth grade for fifteen years. Her passion for tutoring is to reach as many children as possible because if a child can read, they can accomplish anything for the rest of their lives
Jacob is a husband and father of three. He has many years of teaching and tutoring experience. Currently, Jacob is a fourth year doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a lover of learning!
Ashleigh graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in International studies with a minor in Mathematics. She has tutored students from all walks of life, including elementary students, college athletes, and middle school students in Norfolk, Virginia. She loves working one-on-one with students to help them with their academic goals. Ashleigh believes the key to success is perseverance, practice, and patience. She enjoys traveling and hanging out with her newly married husband in her spare time.