Hi, I am Sheryl Smiley-Oliphant. I am an author and theater arts educator, and I combine my love for storytelling and crafting to connect with families that want to make learning fun!
My career began as a K-12th grade theatre arts teacher. In this role, I developed a passion for immersing children in the creative expressions of hands-on interaction. I would do this by involving the little ones in dramatic plays, by engaging them in the delight of reading books, and through crafts that enabled the exercise of right-brain thinking while also developing fine motor skills.
What has been phenomenal for my students’ development is my inclusion of theatrics to breathe life into storytelling for children. I have witnessed in awe how absorbed the children become with understanding of the characters, and the lessons and emotions present within the stories.
The first book that I self-published, “My Daddy Doesn’t Need A Cape,” released in 2020 and was inspired by my love for fostering creativity in children. My independent author journey will continue with the second book, “New Baby Coming, New Baby Here,” scheduled to release in Winter of 2021.
My involvement with enriching children through reading, theater arts, and crafts was enabled by my academic studies. I hold a Master’s Degree in Theatre Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I am originally from Charleston, South Carolina, and currently reside in Charlotte, North Carolina with my husband, two daughters, and our lovely dog, Nina.