Sherryl Cazier – Syracuse High School

Jun 3, 2015, 2:23 PM | Updated: Jan 15, 2021, 6:11 am

There are many outstanding teachers out there, but very few that truly change lives. Mrs. Cazier has dedicated the past twenty-nine years of her life to ensuring the success of all students in and around the classroom. She spends countless hours working with students one on one to make sure they not only perform music well, but to make sure they are doing what makes them happy and will take them on a path of success. She has an easygoing disposition no matter what is going on. She is always good natured and never shows visible frustration. There are days in class we take advantage of this with loud conversations, but she never yells. She will just patiently wait until we are ready to move on without seeming upset. Also, she truly cares about every student. She frequently checks to make sure everyone feels accepted and safe in her classroom. She looks for people that may not fit in and sends others to befriend them. It isn’t uncommon for her to just call someone into her office and talk to them about life. There have been many days I have sat and just told her my feelings. She asks personal questions she seems genuinely interested in. She asks me when my braces will come off, if I’m working on any new piano songs, if I’ve done anything out of the ordinary, and many other things. She takes time to know and love every student, and people who may feel like social outcasts flee to her room for acceptance and comfort. She even lets anyone come into the classroom whenever they need. People can be found doing homework there, eating lunch, or just talking with friends. The doors are always open to anyone. Mrs. Cazier not only goes over and beyond to make all students comfortable, but takes time to enhance their talents. Many days of the week she can be found at the school early in the morning working with individuals or full choirs on their pieces. She dedicates most of her time to finding ways to make performances successful. Mrs. Cazier doesn’t just teach notes and rhythms, she teaches how to put emotion into a song, how to convey a message to an audience, and how to sing without vocal strain. A dazzling row of golden plaques attest to the fact that she won’t give up on a song. She works hard to make every song perfect and professional. We have spent hours working on one section to perfect it, and the joy we feel when we get it right is worth the struggle. Perfect performances aren’t uncommon for her groups, because she makes everyone love the craft of music to the point where they never want to stop singing. She gives up so much personal time for each of us. She takes a week out of her summer to spend in the woods with thirty teenagers. She gives up most of her December to support groups in performances (Last year there were close to thirty in the month.). She takes the choirs through the school singing love songs to spread cheer. She takes the largest choir on a week long trip to be critiqued, and to just have a ball. She gives up money from her pocket to make sure students can have once in a life time musical experiences. Mrs. Cazier sacrifices everything for her students. It is extremely difficult to put into words how much Mrs. Cazier means to us. Every year three hundred students enter her classroom, and every year three hundred students leave with a piece of her love eternally engrained in their hearts. When she announced she would be retiring at the end of this, her twenty ninth year of teaching, not only did she cry, but a classroom full of high school students cried with her. I not only cried during that class, but most of the rest of the day and continuously for days to come. There is no replacing Mrs. Cazier. She means more to me than any other teacher/leader/mentor/friend. There will be a big hole once she leaves Syracuse High. Mrs. Cazier, we love you more than words can describe. You have changed thousands of lives with your teaching and through music. Thank you for being the teacher to make a difference.

–Logan Kelley

Today’s Top Stories

Tooele City announced its firework restrictions Sunday evening. Photo Credit: Tooele City's Faceboo...
Devin Oldroyd

Tooele City releases fireworks restrictions map

Tooele City announced its firework restrictions Sunday evening.
1 day ago
A Navy soldier stands guard as authorities wait for the arrival of people who were evacuated from t...
Associated Press

Tropical Storm Colin brings rain to Carolinas, weakens

Tropical Storm Colin formed along the coast on Saturday. Conditions are expected to improve by Monday's Fourth of July celebrations.
1 day ago
Photo credit: UDOT...
Devin Oldroyd

Semi-truck rolls on I-80 at U.S.-40, Silver Creek Junction

What caused the semi-truck to roll is still under investigation at this time. All lanes in the area have been cleared and are operational.
1 day ago
People leave Field's shopping centre, after Danish police said they received reports of shooting, i...
Kim Norgaard, Pierre Meilhan and Jorge Engels, CNN

Several people killed in Copenhagen mall shooting, police say

shooting at a mall in Copenhagen has left several people dead, local police said Sunday.
1 day ago
Image from the scene of the shooting on South Major street in Salt Lake City (Photo courtesy of SLC...
Chandler Holt

UPDATE: SLCPD investigating party shooting that left one in critical condition

Police received multiple calls regarding shots fired near 1485 South Major Street at around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday July 3, 2022. 
1 day ago
The scene of the shooting at 900 S. 200 West (Photo courtesy of Adam Sotelo)...
Chandler Holt

UPDATE: Shooting on TRAX platform leaves one dead, one injured

Police responded to reports of shots fired on a TRAX platform near 900 South and 200 West at around 10 p.m. on Saturday night.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Sherryl Cazier – Syracuse High School