Cherylin Peniston is in her fourth and final term representing House District 35 in Adams County. She is vice-chairwoman of the Education Committee and also serves on the Transportation & Energy Committee, as well as the Transportation Legislation Review Committee, which meets during the interim. She previously chaired the Local Government Committee and served on the Health & Environment Committee.
Rep. Peniston has been a passionate advocate for improving our education system and for a more transparent and ethical government. In the 2014 session she sponsored legislation to that requires school districts and other administrative entities to make and implement a plan to identify and serve gifted students. This will ensure that gifted students are receiving the support and direction they need to achieve their full potential.
As president of the Westminster Education Association (1999-2003), Rep. Peniston forged coalitions with community groups, the school board, and the superintendent of schools to advance the role of public education in the community. She was a vocal advocate for better working conditions and compensation for teachers and support staff, and played a key role in organizing the support staff under the WEA umbrella.
In 1999, she retired from a 27-year career teaching foreign languages and social studies to middle school students in Adams County School District 50. Her master’s degree in teaching international affairs has given her a broad perspective on the necessity of preparing our youth to compete in the 21st-century economy.
She is married to W.J. Peniston. They have two grown children, Erin and Geoffry, a granddaughter, Ava and a grandson, Nathaniel.