Sherrie Philon

Sherrie Philon, Ed.S

@ Philmore Academy

Sherrie Philon, Ed.S has served in the field of education for over 23 years, as an educator, educational
leader, and mentor. Her career began in elementary school but transitioned after 3 years into teaching
middle grades Math for 8 years. Her passion for teaching Math prompted her to pursue her Master’s
degree in Mathematics where she was one of five women in the program. After a ten-year career of
teaching, she realized that she loved developing student and teacher leaders.

Ms. Philon obtained her Educational Specialist degree in System Level Educational Leadership from
Mercer University. This allowed her to gain experience developing teacher leaders through her service
as an Instructional Coach, as well as state Testing Coordinator. Ms. Philon’s passion for equitable access
and education for all students prompted her to run for the public office of Rockdale County School
Board in 2014. While she did not win, this experience opened her eyes to the changes that need to be
made in educational policies. After working in both public as well as charter schools, the realization that
she must be the change that she wanted to see in the world, hence Philmore Academy for Science &
Arts was established in 2017. Her passion for the developmental of the next generation of leaders is at
the forefront of every experience that the scholars of Philmore Academy have. As the first minority
owned Science & Performing Arts private school of excellence in the state of Georgia, Philmore
Academy education is anchored in an academic experience that is individualized, as well as both
challenging and engaging. The school prides itself and the culture of the school around the principles of
scholarship, leadership, service, and excellence. The school is accredited by the state of Georgia, a
National Merit School, Best Private School Lithonia & Stone Mountain, partnerships with several
colleges and universities as well as a feature school on Roland Martin Unfiltered.

Ms. Philon has created an educational consulting company, Schools In Session, which aids other in
developing their own schools of excellence through masterclasses, one-on-one coaching and mentoring.
Her recently released book, The ABC’s of Starting a School, is a beginner’s guide to aid others on their
journey to opening a school. One of her favorite quotes is from Nelson Mandela which asserts,
“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.” Once it is obtained it can’t be
taken away. Ms. Philon believes that all students can achieve greatness if they are placed in a place
where they can experience success. She believes that if you can dream it, you can achieve it.