Sherri Pickett is a native of Southern California. She was born and raised in Barstow and currently resides in Apple Valley. Her Christian upbringing gave her a foundation to stand on, which helped her through difficult times later in life. At 20, she graduated from DeVry Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems. She struggled briefly as a single mother of one child until she got married. During a search for employment, she became a substitute teacher. One assignment led to a permanent position as a special education teacher for four years. She has a passion for working with children. Although, she did not complete the credential program, she continued to work in education as a teacher at a private Christian School, substitute teacher and parent volunteer. She has also served on School Site Council, District Advisory Committee and a Parent Advisory Committee. At church, she has been a Sunday school teacher and youth director.
In her personal life, she had five more children with her husband. After ten years of marriage, they divorced. While reconciling, her last child was born. Her oldest daughter has applied to nursing school and two other children are attending college. The four youngest are at home.
Sherri was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. This journey included chemotherapy, mastectomies and radiation. It was life changing in a positive way. She viewed life differently.
Sherri's love of words began with reading in kindergarten. She was immediately fascinated with books. Later, she participated in spelling bees and writing contests. In college, she was a writer for the National Society of Black Engineers-Region VI newsletter. As a former NAACP member, she was a panel speaker for her local chapter's award ceremony. In 2020, a meditation was published in the Upper Room devotional. The focus was encouraging cancer survivors.
Besides enjoying reading and writing, Sherri likes to spend time with her family, being creative and adventurous. One of her fondest memories is traveling with her seven children across the United States. They traveled through 23 states in 29 days, sight-seeing and visiting family and friends.