Phone: 414-773-1357


Degrees and Certifications:

BA in Studio Art/Education, Lawrence University MA in Teaching, Aurora University Graphic Recorder/Visual Note Taker

Mrs. Sherrill Knezel

Hello from the Art Room! I have been teaching Art in the Wauwatosa School District since 1992. My current assignment is at Lincoln and Wilson Elementary Schools.

I feel privileged to be working with the talented student artists in our district.  I enjoy sharing my passion for art and encourage my students to find their own artistic voice through the choices they make in their work each week. Visual literacy and communication are such vital skills in our ever-changing world so in the art room, we continue to focus on how to tell our stories and be part of a community of learners.

My incurable curiosity led me to pursue graphic recording when I stumbled up Mike Rohde’s Sketchnote Handbook in 2014.  As I learned more about the field and benefits of both visual note taking and graphic recording on comprehension, recall and connection, the teacher in me screamed, “Why aren’t we teaching this in schools?!”

I began teaching my art students to sketchnote and continue to talk with parents, educators and administrators about the brain research around using visuals to increase comprehension. I have had the opportunity to speak at several educational conferences and universities on visual note taking and have made it my mission to get visual note taking into the hands of teachers and students as a visual thinking and learning tool with unlimited potential. 

I live in Wauwatosa with my husband and two sons and love being a part of the community as a parent and teacher. I enjoy reading, graphic recording, sketchnoting, biking, hiking, spending time with my family and creating my own artwork whenever I get the chance.