Sharon has been singing and telling stories since she was a child growing up in Chicago, Illinois. Her family loved to sing together at home and when they traveled by car. Her father, Erwin, especially enjoyed singing silly songs and "oldies." She continued this musical tradition with her daughters, Gayle and Marjorie, from the time they were born and now she sings and plays her guitar with her grandchildren, Madison and Nathan.
In her professional life, Sharon has always used music in her teaching of language arts, storytelling and workshops. She received her doctorate from Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, her master's degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and her bachelor's degree from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. She completed post-doctoral work in English as a Second Language (ESL) and C.L.I.P. (a reading strategies program) at NAU.
For eight years, Sharon taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in reading, children's literature, language arts and social studies methods in the Professional Programs Division at NAU's Center for Excellence in Education. She also taught reading methods courses for two years in NAU's statewide graduate program in Phoenix and served eight years as a member of the Flagstaff Unified District School Board.
As a workshop presenter, Sharon shares information and activities for integrating storytelling and story writing into the elementary school curriculum. In these workshops she uses folksongs, folktales and literature from around the world to teach reading and writing strategies. For over thirty-five years, Sharon has conducted workshop for local districts in Arizona, at TESOL conferences and at regional and national IRA (International Reading Association) conferences. These interactive sessions integrate art, music and storytelling to assist teachers in creating activities which will help children not only improve their language arts skills, but also develop a life-long interest in reading.
Sharon has created two music and story recordings for children. The first is entitled, "Sing Softly with Sharon: Lullabies from Around the World. " It contains 13 songs, Mother Goose and Robert Louis Stevenson poems, and all the lyrics for the lullabies. The second, "Sing Silly with Sharon," contains l7 songs, 3 stories and music only versions of 5 songs so children (and adults) can write their own verses. Two children sing with Sharon on this CD. Click on the "Sharon's CD" link for more information.
NEW PUBLICATION: SPRING, 2013
Sharon’s first children’s book, GQ GQ. Where Are You? Adventures of a Gambel’s Quail (published by Five Star Publications) will be released this Spring. It tells the story of a young Gambel’s quail who lives in the Sonoran desert and goes exploring to meet new friends. Each book comes with a CD with Sharon reading and also singing the story. Click on “Children’s Books” above for more information.
May, 2011: Sharon received the "Spotlight Award" for Professional and Community Service Activities at the annual meeting of the Omicron Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Women Educators Conference in Tucson, Arizona.
May, 2003: The Scottsdale Charros recognize students and teachers from the Scottsdale Unified School District at their yearly annual awards ceremony. Sharon received the award for Teacher of the Year at Zuni Elementary School at this ceremony.
SCBWI: Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (since 2008)
GPVRC: Greater Paradise Valley Reading Council (since 1998) Affiliated with the International Reading Council
NSN: National Storytelling Network (since 1998)
DKG: Delta Kappa Gamma, Chi Chapter, Phoenix, AZ (since 1992)
IRA: International Reading Association (since 1964)