For her outstanding contributions as a Fourth Grade teacher, Sharon is recognized on the Donors’ Wall of Fame by Margaret Spencer of Emporia, Kansas.
According to Margaret:
A native Emporian, Sharon Stewart is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Harold Spencer, a prominent Emporia Physician. She received her B.A. degree from the College of Emporia and her M.S. degree from Emporia State University. She is the essence of the creative, community-oriented, professional teacher whose talents, love and career was spent in the third and fourth grade at Village Elementary School in Emporia, beginning in 1965 until her retirement in 1999.
Within the school, she always maintains high standards through total integration of art, music, literature, and geography. Students’ creativity was stimulated through journals, projects, and travel experiences; she would cater different levels of sensitivity to students’ needs. Her promotion of all-school projects, such as Colonial Crafts and Art Fairs, the effective use of guest speakers and visiting authors, emphasis on learning about historic Emporia, and stimulating field trips to historic and scientific places set her far above her peers.
Within her profession, she has been active in Emporia and both national and local National Education Associations. She was a charter member and served for many years on the Superintendent’s Council, which coordinates the curriculum for the school district. She has served on curriculum committees in nearly every subject.
Within the community, she is the owner of the owner of the Sunflower Nook, an Elder and Sunday School teacher in the First Presbyterian Church, a member of the Emporia of Chamber of Commerce, the Granada Theater Alliance Board, the Eastern Star, and the PEO. She is a former member of Big-Brothers-Big-Sisters Board and of the Social Service Club. She has been active in College of Emporia alumni activities and, along with her husband, Max, in many community projects. When anything important happens in Emporia, Sharon and Max are there to lend support. They were the parents of two children, Robert Stewart, M.D. and Heather Stewart, who died in an accident on a college activity trip in Spain.
Sharon always sets high expectations for students and is always a great role model. She insists that students perform to the maximum of their ability, and demonstrate good manners, proper character traits, good citizenship, and a work ethic. No student ever leaves her class without being exposed to the best academic and social learning available.
Well-traveled, she opens the horizons of the world to her students and helps them establish a proper vision for the future.
Sharon taught fourth grade for the Emporia Unified School District #253 for thirty years and is now retired.