Artist Bio

Shedrick Sanders

Shedrick is a grandfather of two girls and a boy and the father of two daughters.  He currently lives in Chicago where he grew up  in a small African village on the SOUTHSIDE.  The youngest of four he was a paperboy; a student at Edmund Burke Elementary School, Tilden Technical High School and the University of Illinois, Chicago; and a football player.

Shedrick served in the Peace Corps for several years in Ghana, where he met his wife, and in Samoa, where his first daughter was born. He taught children mathematics and Physics and coached basketball, and flag football. Shedrick loves music playing several instruments and listens to all types of music. He dances and loves juggling too.

After returning to the United States he taught mathematics and science in Chapel Hill, North Carolina for a while before becoming a Mediator, facilitator and trainer in conflict resolution and meditation.  He trained hundreds of children to be mediators in their schools and adults to be community mediators through out the United States working with the Dispute Settlement Center in Chapel Hill and the New Mexico Center for Dispute Resolution in Albuquerque NM.

When he returned to Chicago he was trained as a circle keeper and as a restorative justice coach.  Shedrick trained students, teachers, and administrators in conflict resolution while working with Alternatives Inc.

Doing all these trainings Shedrick would tell stories about his experience with conflict to facilitate learning.  Students would ask him to tell stories over and over again. His cousin Velma introduced him to GeNarrations and for several years he has been involved in telling his stories and having fun with them.

Shedrick Sanders is a member of the 2023 ReGeNarrations cohort, a new Goodman education program which trains GeNarrations storytellers to become teaching artists.