Human Resources COHORT


“It's easy to feel isolated when there are no other classical schools nearby; the SCL Grammar School Heads Cohort has given me a group of colleagues where I would otherwise have none. Thank you!”
Julie Dreher
equitur Classical Academy, Baton Rouge, LA

Meet Your Cohort Leader​

Sherilyn Palermo has been with the Geneva School of Boerne for nine years, beginning as a part-time HR clerk and is now serving as HR Director. She has a Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with specializations in employee performance improvement and human resources. Sherilyn also holds two professional certifications in HR: the SPHR from Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and the SHRM-SCP through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Prior to her time at Geneva, she worked in church ministry, and the corporate and federal contractor arenas.
Sherilyn Palermo
Human Resources Director,
Geneva School of Boerne



Develop relationships with other HR colleagues in the Classical Christian school movement to consult, advise, collaborate and grow professionally.

Office Hours

Scheduled office hours twice a month for individuals or groups by appointment.



Access to a “toolbox” via a shared folder of articles, sample documents and other resources that we will review and contribute to throughout the year.


Ongoing virtual connection with others working in HR, whether part-time or full-time, to serve as sounding boards, problem solvers, coaches and, most importantly, supporters and encouragers.


This program will cover HR fundamentals, and give HR staff a chance to talk through issues, challenges and best practices of real-life scenarios with other cohort members. The goal of the first year is to understand the basics while working toward HR best practices.


  • Twelve monthly virtual meetings, each lasting about 90 minutes, to include a brief overview of an HR fundamental, followed by time to talk through issues, challenges and best practices of real-life scenarios shared by the cohort team.
  • Runs September 2021 through August 2022.
  • One to two hours of monthly homework, split between reading/researching the topic next up for discussion and curating examples, whether that be personal examples, shareable forms, documents or resources we will use to grow our HR cohort “library”.

Cohort Syllabus

FOCUS: Resources for the HR professional to stay on top of current developments

FOCUS: Staying Out of Jail – HR laws that hold you personally liable

FOCUS: The Employee Lifecycle – What is it and where does HR fit in?

FOCUS: How can HR make a difference in the first year?

FOCUS: The value of building relationships with employees

FOCUS: Contractor or Employee? – How to classify the soccer coach

FOCUS: Know and practice compensation laws

FOCUS: Pay tells a story to your employees. What are you saying?

FOCUS: Pay Equity – Reducing liability and increasing fairness

FOCUS: Adjusting pay – Taking the first steps

FOCUS: Designing Benefit Plans – Employer objectives versus employee needs

FOCUS: Setting out school policies and procedures and when to follow them to the letter


Human Resources COHORT

$ 2,200 Regular Price
  • Receive 25% monthly discount for the first year
  • SCL Member Schools receive 10% discount
  • Monthly Payment Options Available


In order to keep the group sizes small, and maximize effectiveness, we will take applications on a first-come, first-served basis. This application has no obligation. Once you apply, we will personally reach out to you to answer any questions after reviewing your application. If you are approved, you will be informed of the specific start date for your cohort, asked to sign a commitment to the cohort, and given a link to submit payment. Some individuals will be waitlisted until there are enough applicants to form a new group. We will keep you updated as to your application status.