Sherry L. Francis is a choral director, music educator, vocal adjudicator, choreographer and workshop clinician. She has earned a Master's Degree in Music Education from Auburn University and she holds certifications in both vocal and instrumental music education as well as technology instruction in the music classroom. Sherry Francis is now pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Music Education from Liberty University. She has taught in public schools for 21 years, orchestrated after school programs and directed numerous community and church music venues with students of all ages, grades K-12 and collegiate levels. Currently, she is the vocal music director at Mineral Area College where she teaches applied voice classes and conducts the vocal ensembles. Sherry Francis has presented her show choir and choreography session at the Missouri Choral Director's Association (MCDA) conference. She has ben very active in training various choirs at multiple levels for contests, festivals and performance opportunities such as the Missouri Governor's Mansion and Inaugural Prayer Breakfast, Showboat Branson Belle and the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN. She has written lesson plans professionally as a contributing writer for the internationally acclaimed music educator magazine, Music Express and published K-12 music lesson plans online for the World's Largest Concert through the National Association n for Music Education (NAfME). Mrs. Francis' teaching style was honored by Auburn University through the implementation of her teaching practicum videos as part of their music education curriculum for both undergraduate and graduate level music students. Sherry Francis is passionate about music because she has seen the impact it has on students and communities in a positive way that no other academic discipline does because music truly is the "heart" of education!