Ireland Elementary Teacher Sermersheim Honored with O’Bannon Award

A teacher in the Greater Jasper School District has been honored with a prestigious award.

Ireland Elementary 1st grade teacher Cheryl Sermersheim was named as the 2013 winner of the Frank and Judy O’Bannon Heritage Engagement Award. The award, which is presented by the University of Southern Indiana’s Historic Southern Indiana project, honors someone who serves as a model of community education activities.

Sermersheim was recognized for her efforts to include children and youth in the progress of the Dubois County Museum as it pertains to that museum’s purpose and mission. With the help of her parents, Sermersheim began to plan, prepare, and raise money to support two projects at the Museum. These are Cheryl Sermersheimthe Main Street Dubois County exhibit and the Little Pioneers Interactive Children’s Area. She also put in many hours painting, cleaning, building, and displaying various exhibits over a production process that spanned 4 years. Sermersheim has also added monthly programs with children’s activities to the exhibit space. She is planning to add more programs in the future.

In addition to serving on the board of the Dubois County Museum, Sermersheim is also a member of the Ireland Historical Society and the Dubois County Historical Society. She is also active in several community organizations.

Sermersheim was nominated for the award by Mary Ann Hayes. Hayes is the vice president and collections chair at the Dubois County Museum.