Sheryl Wards

Freelance Document Designer & Flyer Designer

Location:Palestine, Texas, United States
2 Skills
Professional Profile
Creative teacher and counselor with 14 years of management and social-cognitive instruction in a state correctional facility dealing with government officials and the public. Excellent clerical skills with knowledge of records and preparing reports involving scientific to criminal justice jargon. Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to learn quickly in high stress situations. I have a mastery level ability in multi-media curriculum development and training – i.e. computer, software, online teaching, Whiteboard, etc. That also, includes expert level knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, as well as various other software applications. I have the ability to communicate with individuals of various ages, backgrounds, education, and professional disciplines. I currently substitute teach at Westwood ISD. I enjoy teacher students of all ages and abilities.

Work Experience

Owner/Operator 09/05 to 07/06
Sheryl’s Stitches Houston, TX
· Kept all books, finances and shipping schedule for business on computer software.
· Tailored women’s clothing.

Substance Abuse Counselor I $29,000/yr 6/01 to 2/05
Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division Bryan, TX
§ Performed counseling in a Therapeutic Community
§ Supervised 65 offenders
§ Organized a new treatment facility-the Therapeutic Community moved to Bryan, TX and new personnel was trained as well as organizing files and scheduling treatment for offenders.
§ Implemented treatment for 65 offenders-wrote and implemented curriculum for class teaching offenders to interact in society appropriately; wrote curriculum to introduce offenders to the Therapeutic Community.
§ Prepared reports-Addiction Severity Index, offender activity report to the Warden, monthly progress reports, weekly progress reports, treatment team reports, Continuum of Care before offender’s release.
§ Recorded behavioral observations and treatment activities
§ Performed interviews-offenders to determine appropriate individualized treatment, offenders and staff to investigate inappropriate behavior of an offender.
§ Handled confidential information
§ Training of new counselor to the unique responsibilities and counseling techniques of a Therapeutic Community and training of offenders to their responsibilities in a Therapeutic Community and Cognitive Intervention.

Disciplinary Clerk $21,000/yr 09/93 to 5/94
Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division Palestine, TX
· Setup court docket for the Unit.
· Notify security and offenders of court.
· Typing, copying, faxing, answering phones, working on computer
· Record and file cases and results
· Assist the State Attorney General’s Office with any information from Unit disciplinary - to include recording transcripts, copying files, phone conversation, and location staff on the Unit.
· Assisting staff to write disciplinary cases on offenders.

Clinical Social Worker II $31,000/yr 08/85 to 8/93
Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Institutional Division Palestine, TX
§ Provided counseling for mentally retarded offenders
§ Performed interviews of offenders to complete a Social History and determine if offenders were mentally retarded.
§ Performed interviews of others involved in the offense committed by the MR offenders – victims, parents, law enforcement, etc.
§ Administered personality and achievement tests to offenders.
§ Recorded behavioral observation
§ Prepared reports-monthly progress, Treatment Plans, Social Histories, observations of mental problems to Psychiatrists, Continuum of Care before offender’s release, and treatment team reports to Director.
§ Communicated with the public- i.e. offenders’ family, halfway houses, lawyers, offenders’ family physicians, county and federal judges, Attorney General’s staff, State Representatives.
§ Handled Diagnostic and Evaluation boards-scheduled committee meetings, contacted family to attend meetings, notified staff of their required attendance, scheduled offender’s to attend committee meetings.
§ Training of clinical staff-developed and implemented curriculum, scheduled training-topics: teaching moderately mentally retarded offenders; effective communication with mentally retarded offenders; the prison system’s definition of mentally retarded.
§ Filled in for the Office Manager while she was away from work several months – duties included supervising three clerks, taking dictation for psychiatrists, psychologists, and director of program; scheduling staff meetings, training, and appointments; while continuing work as social worker.


Master’s Degree in Education 3/04 to 2/05
American InterContinental University Hoffman Estates, IL
· GPA 3.88
· ISD/Curriculum Development

Bachelor's Degree in Education 1/78 to 6/82
Southwest Texas State University San Marcos, TX
§ GPA 3.12
§ Psychology/Biology


Texas Teacher Certification
· Biology
· Earth/Life Science
· Science
· Psychology
Skills (2) Rating
Document Design
Flyer Design