Majority Floor Leader Representative Sheryl Williams Stapleton is from the island of St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands and came to New York as a young girl in a family seeking better educational opportunities for their children. She attended schools in New York through high school coming to New Mexico State University in Las Cruces for her undergraduate studies. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in 1978 and continued with a Masters Degree in Multicultural Education in 1987.
Her love for education continued as she earned another advanced degree as an Education Administrator in 1990 and currently is pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of New Mexico in Educational Leadership. As a practicing educator, Sheryl has been a teacher at Zia and Wilson Middle Schools in the Albuquerque Public Schools district, an Assistant Principal at the Career Enrichment Center, Coordinator of the Schools to Careers program, and now the APS Carl Perkins Project Director and Coordinator of Career and Technical Education. She holds a K-12 New Mexico teaching credential with endorsements in Social Studies and Bi-lingual Education and a Level III K-12 Administrative License, a Professional K-12 Specialty Area License, a Level 111B PreK-12 Administrative License, a Level 111 Instructional Leader License, and a PreK-12 Specialty Area License.
Her life-long career as an educator is one of the reasons she has become well known as a champion for public schools, teachers, and their students. She has worked tirelessly on behalf of all students—particularly minority students and students who face the many challenges brought on by poverty.
“I have fought hard for children and young people. The measure of success is not just a score on a test, but it is measured by how we as adults encourage them to succeed” - Sheryl Williams Stapleton
She brings this same commitment to others in District 19, working to improve their lives by supporting additional programs that provide better access to health care, improving public safety, helping working families, promoting small business, assisting seniors and people with disabilities, and giving people a voice in their communities and the state.
Sheryl has always believed that the role of an educator and public servant is to help others—her professional and political career are shining examples of this ethic and she is a state legislator who truly understands that her job is to represent those who have placed their trust in her.
Representative Stapleton currently serves as a member of the House Rules and Order of Business Committee, the House Education Committee, and the House Labor and Economic Development Committee.