Mary Sherlach, a school psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary since 1994, previously worked as school psychologist in Redding, North Haven, and New Haven public schools. Sherlach was been married to her husband, Bill, for 31 years, with whom she had two daughters, ages 25 and 28
Stone walls line Route 25, the main road connecting Newtown to Trumbull, a lightly wooded area of Fairfield County.
Strip malls with names like “Chuck’s Corner,” Stepney’s small fire hall and a large Ace Hardware store characterize the landscape of a drive with which Mary Sherlach was likely very familiar.
The 56-year-old, a psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary School since 1994, died, authorities said, at the hand of Adam Lanza, a 20-year-old who entered the school and fatally shot Sherlach and 25 others Friday.
The Trumbull resident’s self-written profile at myschooldesk.net gives a brief synopsis of her 18-year career at Sandy Hook, which includes work with crisis intervention and special education.
“I truly enjoy working with the SHS staff, parents and children and am always ready to assist in problem solving, intervention and prevention,” she wrote.
She earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from SUNY Cortland and a masters and six year professional degree from Southern Connecticut State University.
Sherlach previously worked as school psychologist in Redding, North Haven, and New Haven public schools.
The profile also gives insight to her home life.
Sherlach has been married to her husband, Bill, for 31 years. The couple has two daughters, ages 25 and 28.
Her hobbies include gardening, reading and the theater
On Saturday, Sherlach’s home on Vintage Road -- a two-story, faded orange colonial with tan shutters -- was decorated for Christmas. A wreath hung on the front door. A garland of greens and shiny red balls was draped across a banister.
A man who answered the door declined to comment, and said the family planned to release a statement.
Cathy Lucas, who lives across the street with her husband, John, recalled her former neighbor as “a wonderful human being, vivacious and friendly” and a “lovely, lovely woman.”
Lucas, a preschool teacher in Bridgeport, learned of the shooting Friday afternoon. Her school was put on lockdown.
“It’s a very quiet, peaceful place,” Lucas said. “We’re good neighbors and we have each other. I can’t even imagine what they’re going through.”