Sherry Thomas worked in Gaston County Schools as a classroom teacher, a diagnostician, and then as a program specialist in the central office. A friend encouraged her to apply to the Department of Public Instruction for a position as a state consultant for learning disabilities.
That was about 14 years ago. She did it — kind of as a lark, she said — and got the job after a two-hour interview. Doing the job, in the beginning, was a leap of faith, she said.