091: Sheril Menefee—building character is education

by | Mar 9, 2022

Most parents are interested in more than grades when it comes to educating their children. They want good kids. By that, I mean children who know how to play well with others, who show respect, who behave appropriately, who demonstrate good character. In sports, it’s called sportsmanship. The Boy Scouts of America boasts their mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime. And the Girl Scouts say they are building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

So, too, public schools are picking up the mantel to intentionally promote positive character traits in their students. Sheril Menefee, a house principal in Muskogee High School has been at the forefront of the schools of character movement throughout her career as an educator. On this episode of the Spirit of Leading podcast, I talked to Sheril about her experience ad why she is so committed to it.


Celebrating Hilldale Middle School national recognition 2014 with school leaders

Sheril and student lead a character-building assembly.

Sheril (left) leads a group of schools of characters evaluators in an in-service training session.

Garland and Sheril after recording the podcast