Meet Dr. Sherry Pietrzykoski - Faculty Member, Instructor at Penn Foster

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Faculty Biography

Dr. Sherry Pietrzykoski

Senior Instructor, Social Science, General Education

Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University
M.S. English Literature, University of Scranton
B.A. Elementary Education and Psychology, Wilkes University
Member Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)
Member of American Psychological Association (APA)
Member of Association for Psychological Science (APS)
Member of National Catholic Educational Association
Member of National Council of Teachers of English

Sherry Pietrzykoski faculty

Dr. Sherry Pietrzykoski has been a member of the faculty for over 15 years. She taught in in two states and worked with students at all grade levels and abilities and also taught English as an adjunct professor at a local community college for nine years prior to joining the Penn Foster family. Earlier in her career, she spent a significant amount of time working with children as a middle school teacher. Aside from her experiences as an educator, she has been a Pennsylvania notary for over twelve years and a member of National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) for six years. In pursuit of further helping the students she works with on a daily basis, Dr. Pietrzykoski completed her Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology in 2014 at the age of 59 hopefully showing her students that one is never too old to fulfill a dream.

What is one piece of advice you’d like to give students?
Don't give up your dreams. The road to achieve them may be twisty and full of bumps but if you keep on trying no matter what gets thrown at you or whatever people may say, you will achieve those dreams and goals eventually.

What are some of your passions?
Books and knowledge—one in the same, if we do not learn, we do not grow.

Where is the most interesting place you’ve traveled?
I have traveled to almost every state in the United States, Canada, and a few parts of Europe. Each section of our country has something unique to offer. The south is quite interesting as it has beauty and charm and grace. The western part of the country has vistas, national parks, wonderful cities, and some great cuisine, while the middle section of the country has wide expanses with pockets of surprisingly urban centers. But, I must admit, my heart lies in the east, Washington DC, NYC, Philadelphia, and Boston. Not only were they among the first cities but they have true seasons, and as you travel between them you can find a rich diversity of people and history.

What is one of your favorite quotes/words to live by?
“Not all who wander are lost.”

What is one thing you could not live without?
My family - without family there is nothing. Family may not always be blood relations. Family can be the bonds that you forge over the years with someone that you trust and appreciate.


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