Sharon Marshall – Lower Elementary Lead Teacher

I was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in a small town called Northville, which is about 30 minutes outside of Detroit. I moved to Palm Harbor, Florida in 1991.

In 1983, I graduated from Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts. In 1985, I graduated from Madonna College in Livonia, Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood. I am an AMS certified teacher in Primary 3-6 from AERCO Philadelphia Montessori Training Program, and Elementary 6-9 from the Center for Montessori Education North Carolina. I am VPK certified as well. I have been teaching for over 30 years in both Michigan and Florida.

The part of the Montessori curriculum that I find the most exciting is to see the class become a community. I enjoy watching our older children helping the younger children. I am pleased when I see the joy on the children faces as they concentrate on completing the work they have chosen. I love the Montessori way of teaching children concepts and facts. The children work with materials and can use their senses to see, touch, and manipulate the activities to gain the knowledge of each skill, concept, or fact to be learned. As I observe the children, I see that they delight in learning this way for themselves.

I enjoy reading and watching sports, especially football and hockey. In Michigan, I lived on a lake when I was young and learned how to ice skate and sail a sunfish boat.

I would love the opportunity to go to Scotland and Australia someday, since I have relatives in both countries. I have only been outside of the United States to visit Canada and Mexico. I also went on a cruise to Alaska several years ago, and I would love to go back there again.