March 19: Celebration for Matilija teacher Sheri Usher at 1:30 p.m. at Matilija Jr. High

Sheri was born in Santa Barbara, California, on July 5, 1965, and moved to Ojai in 1977.

Sheri graduated from Villanova Preparatory School in 1983. She went on to attend Loyola Marymount College and San Diego State University.

She later received her bachelor’s degree and teaching credential from Cal State University Northridge, and she later received a special education credential

and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Cal State University Channel Islands.

Sheri began her teaching career at Ojai Valley School, where she taught for 19 years.

After her time there, she joined the teaching staff at Ojai Unified School District, and fulfilled her dream of teaching at Matilija Middle School, where she was a student 44 years ago.

Throughout her many years of teaching, Sheri was an enthusiastic advocate for her students. She encouraged creativity and collaboration in the classroom while making learning fun.

Sheri met the love of her life, her husband of 28 years, James Usher, when she was directing a Boy Scout summer camp up in the Sierra Mountains. They were married in 1993.

Six years later, they welcomed their son, Bodey, and two years after that, their daughter Rosey. Sheri was so proud of her children and their accomplishments.

She wanted nothing more than for them to have a wonderful life.

Sheri traveled to many places in the world but was happiest when she was in the mountains.

She spent many vacations in the Sierra Mountains with her family and friends, camping and hiking in the summers, and skiing in the winters.

She also enjoyed camping at the beach, long bike rides with her husband and walks with her much beloved dogs, Blue, Toby and Mary.

We know that Sheri would want us to keep her legacy alive by living life to the fullest.

Although we wanted more time with Sheri, we can be thankful for the memories, her sense of humor, infectious laughter, positivity and our times together with her.

Sheri’s celebration of life will be held this Saturday, March 19, at 1:30 p.m. at the Matilija Junior High Auditorium.

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
— Dr. Seuss



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