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Sherk, Paul *

Paul Sherk grew up on a farm in Waterloo County and has returned to live on a farm in his retirement, but in between established an excellent reputation as a mathematics teacher.
After university at Queen’s University, Paul began teaching in 1943 at an annual salary of $1500!  His career in education took him to a number of locations: Port Colborne H.S., Merriton H.S., Stouffville H.S., Smiths Falls  H.S. (department head), Athens H.S. (principal), and Cedarbrae C.I. in Scarborough (department head). He was also the principal of the Scarborough Summer School.
Paul coached mathematics contest teams, worked to promote interschool mathematics competitions and co-authored a number of mathematics textbooks. He also actively promoted the University of Waterloo’s Cooperative Mathematics Teaching Programme in the Scarborough School Board.
Paul enjoys photography, woodworking, gardening and making maple syrup.

    Sherk, Paul *
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