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Saint Lucian author and youth advocate wins Palm Beach Illustrated Educator of the Year Award

By Alison Kentish

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On September 20, 2019, author and educator, Loverly Sheridan, became the recipient of the prestigious Palm Beach Illustrated Educator of The Year Award at the Norton Museum of Arts in Palm Beach, Florida.

Ms. Sheridan emerged as the final winner through public voting from five finalists of top-notch educators who forge meaningful relationships with their students through innovative techniques and genuine care for the next generation.

With globetrotting credentials that include living in and visiting six of the seven continents and more than 60 countries, Loverly Sheridan has been able to cross numerous items off her bucket list. But for Sheridan, who is also an adult education instructor at Delray Full Service School, there are still plenty of passions to pursue and causes to tackle, including her most recent focus: anti-bullying in schools.

“Bullying is a global issue and an ongoing problem in our world,” says Sheridan, who is also the president of LS Creative services, which develops awareness campaigns for issues affecting children and adults. “It’s truly an epidemic and the root of a lot of problems we continue to face today.”

Sheridan shares this message, her experiences, and her hopes for future generations in her writing. She’s penned five children’s books, including Be a Buddy, Not a Bully, which promotes friendliness and inclusivity.

“I believe it’s important to begin addressing the issues of bullying at a very early age and create a no-bullying culture from the onset,” she explains. “If we focus on prevention, we won’t have to worry about the cure.”

This belief inspired the creation of the Buddy Ambassadors program, which Sheridan runs in partnership with Mental Health America of Palm Beach County. The initiative includes the use of Buddy Benches, tangible tools that are placed in elementary school playgrounds to help put Sheridan’s prompt to be a buddy into practice. If a child needs a friend, he or she can sit on the bench, and a child who is part of the Buddy Ambassadors program will reach out.

The program has been a huge success and was officially launched at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on September 12 with a Back to School Kick Off Breakfast, honoring and recognizing Buddy Ambassadors, sponsors and schools. It has also been introduced in four Countries in the Caribbean, including the author’s homeland Saint Lucia.

“There’s this enormous pressure placed on children and adults to succeed, but what’s the purpose of passing tests yet failing at life?” asks Sheridan. “Our children’s mental health, and the mental health of each other should be our first priority.”

Congratulations to Ms. Sheridan on this amazing accomplishment. Mental Health America of Palm Beach County, is proud to partner with her on this very important initiative.

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4 comments

  1. Congratulations Loverly. You are The Quintessential Educator. Those of us who know you well, have no doubt, that the passion you exhibit for the Buddy Ambassador Program is contagious and will rub off naturally and be infused into those with whom you interact.

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  2. Congratulations lovee

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  3. Congratulations.....I am so proud of you,way to go reach for the stars the sky is the limit.

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  4. well done and let's hope she continues to grow and shine

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