Sr. Sharon White, Retires
By Rebecca Nordstrom
It is with sadness for the children, but happiness for Sister Sharon White, OSF, that East Side Learning Center announced her retirement on June 30, 2020. The staff, tutors, and Board honors Sr. Sharon for her eleven years of dedicated service to the children, partners, and staff of ESLC.
Sr. Sharon’s experience and wisdom, rooted in past positions as a professional educator and school administrator, permeated her roles as ESLC’s Program Director and Site Coordinator at Community of Peace Academy. As a member of the Sisters of Saint Francis in Sylvania, Ohio, she graced us with treasures from her Franciscan heritage and traditions. All observed in her a deep respect and care of nature and all living beings.
Sr. Sharon possesses amazing organizational skills that touch the realms of the sublime and the routine. She directed many orientations, training sessions, meetings and social gatherings.Her creative abilities also generated themes to direct and unify ESLC’s focus for each school year. She provided reflections of inspiration, motivation and celebration, as appropriate for each specific gathering. The Gumby theme last year was her idea!
Sr. Sharon has a special knack for creating meaningful, eye-catching bulletin boards and classroom decorations. She tends to avoid the use of tape on almost any surface! She can also rearrange a room and clean any space faster and more thoroughly than “Mr. Clean™ and usually with alcohol!
In response to the changing needs of ESLC students and to offer more tangible support to tutors, she worked with staff to create and improve lesson plans. She worked tirelessly to prepare materials to accompany those lessons. One of her most significant contributions was envisionomg and guiding ESLC to start a summer literacy camp that inspires young children to love reading. Sr. Sharon’s success in piloting Kindergarten and Pre-K tutoring led ESLC to include, “Prevent children from falling behind,” as a strategic direction.
Sr. Sharon, for all that you have been and all that you have contributed to ESLC, the children, staff, partners, and Board are most grateful.