"We all have talents, and I consider it a blessing to share what abilities I have," said Sheri Mullin, a retired teacher who generously gives much of her time to others.
For 40 years, Mullin taught speech, drama and English, and when she retired from Baker High School 3 years ago, she began what has become a second "career" for her--volunteerism, particularly in Mobile area schools.
Below is an abbreviated account of her many student-related activities at Davis Elementary school, Dawes Intermediate School and Mary G. Montgomery and Baker high schools:
She mentors younger students in using proper manners; she's shared with them the history of Mobile Mardi Gras; she's even taught them how to make butter, then let them spread it on warm toast to eat. She's written and produced skits for 5th graders to present at PTA meetings and she writing a series of stories on anti-bullying, naming characters after candies that youngsters are familiar with, such as Skittles.
For high-schoolers, she's used her teaching background to help train debate teams and prepare students for speech contests. And for the smallest school children, Mullin has offered herself as a "Grand Friend" for those whose Nanas and PaPas are too far away to attend Grandparents' Day luncheons.
Mullin doesn't restrict her good deeds to schools; she's also active in her church and she helps with holiday celebrations at Mulherin Custodial Home.
Over the years, Mullin has been recognized for her outstanding work and good heart. For example, she has been named Teacher of the Year, she received the Volunteer Mobile Heart of Gold Award and, most recently, she's seen the auditorium at Baker High School named for her.
Of her involvement in activities that better the lives of others, Mullin said, "I am very fortunate to have the time, ability and good health to volunteer, and I try to help wherever I am needed and whenever I am called upon."