Jan Lind-Sherman

Raised on a dairy and berry farm in Lynden, Washington by parents who valued education, Jan Lind-Sherman attended Seattle’s University of Washington, receiving a BA in Swedish language and literature.

Spending her  junior year abroad in Stockholm, Sweden was a life changing experience. Besides gaining a new world view, she met Vaughn Sherman who would many years later become her husband.  She was also one of sixty international students who were among the first to visit Leningrad and Moscow, Russia, as the Iron Curtain began to lift.

Upon graduating from college she married and moved to Los Angeles, where she worked at Mattel Toymakers and began to raise a family of three.   Back in  Seattle, and now a single parent, she worked at the Mercer Island Reporter, a local elementary school, and attended Seattle Pacific University to gain a teaching credential.  She later married Vaughn, and began teaching at Martin Luther King Elementary School, where she stayed until retirement in 2006.

After an unexpected  financial windfall, Vaughn and Jan founded the Martin Luther King School Dream Foundation in 1993.  Its mission is to give scholarships to underserved Seattle students who attended MLK for at least two years. The foundation has given over  one hundred scholarships since 1999.

Jan spends her mornings writing blogs, children’s stories and researching.  Some afternoons are spent substitute teaching allowing her to keep in touch with the present day classroom.  Her blog reflects some of her observations. The address is www.teacherslogon.blogspot.com.