Sheryl E. Poggi

Springfield, Illinois

1951 - 2017 (Age 66)


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Sheryl E. Poggi 1951 - 2017Springfield, IL—It pains me to admit it, but apparently, I have passed away after living a very healthy life for 66 years. Never smoked, drank, or took a drug; ate healthy, yet could have exercised more. Then in April 2017, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and...

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One of the greatest educators I have ever known. We worked together closely for a number of years to improve middle schools, just one of her many efforts. Sheryl, rest in peace and know that you are loved!

Family of Sheryl Poggi,

I first met Sheryl through an association with her mother, Joyce Sandage, at McClernand Elementary School and from the State Board of Education. During my years of knowing her, it was easy to recognize what passion Sheryl had for education. More importantly was her loving role as a daughter and care taker for her ageing mother.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you find peace in the many memories Sheryl has left you with.


Dear Poggi family, So sorry for your loss. Sheryl was a wonderful, caring dedicated person. She had a passion for education, improvement and helping others succeed. She was instrumental in supporting Ohio with building a foundation systems improvement process structure for schools and districts. Her guidance, support and work will live on through Ohios improvement system for education. Prayers,Jo Hannah Ward

There are people who enter our lives and make an indelible mark on how you approach life and work. Sheryl was one of a handful of people in my 60 years who truly inspired me through her unrelenting hard work and generous nature.

Sheryl worked for years with Claudette Rasmussen, me, and Ohio Department of Education staff to design and implement a system-wide improvement process for districts and schools in Ohio. Many of the district and school staffs across the nearly 1,000...

Gone but not forgotten. EIR

I worked with Sheryl on a large project, and her warm, funny personality came through so strongly, even via email. We eventually met in person, and it was like bumping into an old friend. I hope her family can find comfort in her words. Rest in peace, Sheryl.

Brilliant! And she was born the day before me.

What a wonderful final gift Sheryl gave to her friends and family, who will always keep her memory in their hearts. Sheryl hired me at the Illinois State Board of Education over 25 years ago and was an outstanding mentor and role model. Her work ethics were exceptional and her passionate dedication to the field of education unsurpassed. It is not surprising to me that she tended to every detail at the end of her life. Though Sheryl never knew it, our colleague Ann Heelen did the same exact...