Get to Know Sharon

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Who or what inspired you to become a teacher? 

    Honestly, I don't know the answer to that question!  I just always remember wanting to be a teacher.  I tell my 3rd graders every year that it was when I was about their age--8 or 9--that I knew I wanted to be a teacher.  My father worked at a school and he brought home some old desks one summer and my teaching career began!  I taught everything from stuffed animals to dolls to little children in the neighborhood.  My older sister and I had summer school each year with some friends of ours for the preschoolers in the neighborhood.  I was hooked, and my desire to teach never waivered.
  • Q: Why do you love teaching at St. Edmund’s Academy? 

    SENSE OF COMMUNITY!! The students are amazing!  The families become your family, not just for the year you teach their child, but for many years to come.  The teachers that I am in the trenches with every day inspire me, not just in my work but in my personal life as well. The support I have received from my colleagues and the families at SEA during challenges I have faced through my 15 years teaching here have just been over the top.  I mean, people offered their blood when Marco had open heart surgery...You just don't find that kind of love and support many places.
  • Q: What would surprise people to find out about you? 

    That I was an all-star softball player for MANY years.  I played some 2nd base, but predominantly in the outfield.  I played on up to four teams every summer.  I loved it and would still be playing in some form today if my knees would allow it.  I miss playing the game intensely but am enjoying watching Ava develop into a strong, well-developed softball player.
  • Q: Which person (or people) inspire you and why? 

    My children. Marco inspires me every day to just roll with what life presents to me.  Live in themoment, cry when something is sad, but get over it quickly, laugh from the belly when you find something funny, kiss those you love and tell them that you do every time you reunite or depart from one another.  Persevere.  Don't worry about others' opinions of you, they don't matter.  Many people feel a child like Marco's life has little to no worth, but he could care less and lives every day to the fullest.  Ava has a beautiful heart.  She is one of the kindest, gentlest, most empathetic young ladies I know.  She always reminds people to have a good day, both those familiar to her and strangers alike.  Injustice hurts her heart and she wants to know how to make the world better.  Because she has grown up with Marco she doesn't see differences in a negative way, but as something that makes an individual unique and special.  Together, their love for one another melts my heart.  I could stand to remember to be just like them on a more consistent basis.  Life hasn't gotten to them yet.
  • Q: What parts of your life would make you use #blessed?

    All of my family!  My parents, King and Barb O'Toole.  My siblings and their spouses.  My in-laws and my amazing step-daughters, Sarah and Amanda.  All of my incredible nieces and nephews.  But of course, most of all, my wonderful husband, Tony, who works too hard for us and loves us more than life itself, and the spectacular children we brought into this world, Marco and Ava.  Honestly, I am tearing up as I type this right now.  Yes, my family definitely equates #blessed.