Dr. Sheer


Dr. Sheer

MONROE COUNTY, Fla. – Current Gerald Adams assistant principal, Dr. Kyle Sheer, has been chosen as the school’s next principal, according to Superintendent Mark Porter.  Sheer, will take over for current principal Dr. Fran Herrin, who moves to the district’s Executive Director of Teaching and Learning role beginning 2020-2021 school year.


“Dr. Sheer has been a stellar educator in Monroe County for the past 12 years,” Porter said.  “He is a natural leader, who encourages growth and development among his staff and students, alike.  His exemplary work as GAE assistant principal, makes him the ideal candidate for the job.” 


Sheer, an Ohio native, came to Monroe County in 2008, after five years as a reading teacher and literacy coach in Pinellas County.  He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Ohio University (Athens), as well as a Doctorate in Educational Leadership/ Higher Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.  Sheer spent his first five years in the Monroe County School District at Horace O’Bryant School as a middle school reading and American history teacher, also serving as a team leader and on the Building Level Planning Team (BLPT).  Sheer’s devotion and commitment made him a student and staff favorite, earning him Teacher of the Year and KW Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Quarter during his time at the school.


Sheer has spent the last six years as Gerald Adam’s assistant principal, where he is revered for his dedication, focus, and calm demeanor, while purposely ensuring that each individual student can learn and develop as a whole child.  During his time at GAE, Sheer has played an important role in the planning and implementation of many of the school’s programs, such as the Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) program, which has earned the prestigious Gold Status since its inception and StoryBook Treasures, a non-profit literacy program that has put thousands of free books into students' homes.  Sheer was also instrumental in the planning, construction, and transition to the new school building, which was awarded the Florida Education Facilities Planners Association (FEFPA) 1st place design.


The 2016-2017 MCSD Assistant Principal of the Year is praised by his staff for always encouraging and supporting teachers and staff to be the best educators they can possibly be.


“Dr. Sheer has been an asset to GAE since the day he started,” stated GAE teacher and BLPT member, Ashley Henriquez.  “Each day he proves his dedication to the students and staff of GAE, through leadership, compassion, fairness, consistency, and a listening ear.  His main vision and focus is always on what benefits our students.”


Veteran teacher, Katie Catena, has also worked with Sheer since he started at GAE and is excited that he will be the school’s new principal.  “Dr. Sheer exhibits leadership skills that benefit the staff, parents, and students of Gerald Adams,” Catena said.  “He embraces the cultural diversity that represents our school and will continue to be an invaluable asset as our principal.”


In addition to the support of his GAE students, parents and staff, Sheer has the glowing support of his principal and mentor, Dr. Fran Herrin, who is more than confident in handing him the reins.  “I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Sheer for six years.  During this time, Kyle has made a true impact on Gerald Adams School,” Herrin stated.  “He is caring, genuine and has a true love of students and our staff.  He is passionate about learning and providing all students with the optimal opportunities for success.  I am thrilled that Dr. Sheer will lead this amazing staff to continued success.”


Sheer and his wife Sarah, also a MCSD educator, have two children, Hudson (age 4) and Kennedy (age 2).  He is honored to be selected as the new principal of the school where his children will start attending soon.


“I am excited to be entrusted to carry on the long, rich tradition of Gerald Adams. Whole-child education has been, and will always be, the cornerstone of our school,” Sheer said.  “We have a powerful team of educators who share an appreciation of diversity and believe that their students’ potential is limitless. I consider myself lucky to be part of this school community.”


Theresa Axford, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning and incoming Superintendent has full confidence in Sheer’s ability to lead GAE.  “Dr. Sheer has a true heart for teaching and learning,” Axford stated.  “GAE will continue to flourish under his leadership.”