Shere Holleman has worked for non-profit organizations most of her life. Shere started her career as a public school art teacher and went on to get her Masters degree in Adult Education. She recently retired from Boulder Valley School District after serving as an Administrator and managing the Lifelong Learning Program for over 12 years.
Since leaving BVSD, Shere has worked as a grant officer for the Hemera Foundation in Boulder where she was able to be on the “giving” end of the grant world, and she helped develop programs at the Learning for Living Institute, also in Boulder.
Shere currently works for a non-profit organization called the Academy for International School Heads (AISH). AISH supports Headmasters from International Schools from over 90 different countries. The organization’s values are very much in alignment with her own so she feels a great deal of resonance in this work. The general mission of International Schools is to “inspire children to become global citizens by providing a rigorous and comprehensive education within a nurturing, student-centered environment of full immersion in multiple languages and cultures.”
Being a global citizen has been a theme in Shere’s life as well as an interest in protecting the environment and wildlife. Her interest in community development comes from the feeling that “we are all citizens of the world.” She believes that if we can soften boundaries between people, learn to be good neighbors, help one another, and treat those around us with compassion and kindness, then perhaps we have a more peaceful world.
A recent move to the four corners area brought Shere to Dolores where she set up her studio and now makes art on a ridge overlooking Canyons of the Ancients monument. She lives with her Shiba Inu and cares for the deer, birds, rabbits and other creatures that share her land. "I looks forward to contributing to Onward! and doing whatever I can to make Montezuma County a happy, healthy place to live."