Sherrie Tennessee


I was about ten inches away from two lionfish. The fish are beautiful but deadly.
"Two of my favorite things in the world are my son's laughter and the sound of waves slapping up on the beach."

Director of Education, SpaSOS

Sherrie Tennessee has spent the last two years living and working in the Caribbean and now finds herself residing back in her home state of Virginia. No stranger to a change of scenery, Sherrie recently returned to the United States after living in Jamaica.

“Two of my favorite things in the world are my son's laughter and the sound of waves slapping up on the beach. The beach is one of my favorite places in the entire world. It just soothes my soul and brings me such peace and serenity.

It wasn't until I moved to Jamaica and tried scuba diving for the first time that I really felt comfortable in the water. My love of snorkeling actually resulted in me not loving scuba diving. I decided to try scuba diving for my birthday a few years ago. It was a wonderful experience, being so close to fish, sting rays, and coral life. It was the ride back after the dive that made me question my decision. Nausea was an understatement.

I wanted to give it a second attempt and I did last July and even took a friend. Unfortunately, my friend had ear issues and was unable to dive. As my partner for the dive, I was unable to go too far from her. I used the gear to just snorkel.

Snorkeling allows me to have the same encounter with the sea life without the boat ride. The best experience was last summer swimming in my favorite spot, Dead End Beach in Montego Bay, Jamaica, a non-tourist spot. I was about ten inches away from two lionfish. The fish are beautiful but deadly. It is so interesting that I love to be in the ocean and snorkeling but I don’t eat seafood. I think that’s why so many fish surround me when I snorkel, they know I’m not going to take them home as dinner.”

In addition to her continued travel, one goal Sherrie has set this year is to read 50 books before the end of 2017. “I am on my fifth book this year, my favorite being Setting the Table by Danny Meyers.

In the book, Meyers presents the idea of “hospitality intelligence,” similar in concept to the hot topic of “emotional intelligence.” Meyers illustrates how his organization prioritizes the needs and happiness of the employee before anything else. The goal being to make a happy staff that will in turn create happier and more satisfied guests. I used a similar idea in the development of my Intuitive Spa Leadership training. The new age of spa is mandating the creation of new ways to retain not just guest but staff.”


I was about ten inches away from two lionfish. The fish are beautiful but deadly.