Sheila Martel joined UUCR as Acting Director of Religious Education in November, 2018. Sheila is an experienced educator with a wide range of teaching experience. Her first teaching and guidance opportunities emerged in her teen years, as a leader in the Royal Canadian Army Cadets. Sheila has taught at the pre-school, elementary, middle and high school levels. She delights in facilitating children of all ages in their educational and spiritual unfolding, while focusing on building community.
Sheila has directed plays, hosted a cable TV show, coordinated community events and taught special education. She worked as a glatt kosher catering manager and special education teacher in New York City and storyteller/reader and Girl Scout counselor in the metro Denver area. In rural Maryland, before moving to the DMV, Sheila worked as an art teacher at a military school, GED instructor in a detention center, community mediator and youth counselor.
Sheila holds an undergraduate degree in sociology, a master’s degree in liberal studies and an advanced certificate in education. Sheila is currently enrolled in The Rowe Center Certificate Program in Spiritual Guidance, a program rooted in the Unitarian Universalist tradition of encouraging people to find their own spiritual paths and languages, independent of dogma.
Sheila’s other interests include writing, theater, the pursuit of minimalism and attending county music & folk concerts at local venues with her partner, Steve. Born in Nova Scotia, raised there and in Montréal, Sheila maintains a network of kin in her home province and returns to her roots each summer. Sheila’s greatest life blessing is being mother to her two grown daughters and grand-mère to her toddler grandson.