Director of School Success
Since graduation from the University of Western Ontario, Ms. Sharp has been actively engaged in education.
She completed both primary and elementary Montessori teaching credentials at the MACTE-accredited Toronto Montessori Institute and is certified to teach Montessori to ages 3 to 12. Following her certification, Ms. Sharp held teaching positions as a lead Guide in Toronto; Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Solana Beach, Calif.; Livermore, Calif.; and Santa Monica, Calif. In her work with various age groups, she honed her skills and became a guide to other guides as they translated what they had learned in their training to their classroom practice.
After leaving the classroom, Ms. Sharp moved into roles supporting guides in the early years of their teaching with lesson planning, parent communication, managing challenging behaviors, lesson planning, and classroom management. She also taught the language component of the lower elementary teacher training for prospective guides at the Montessori Western Teacher Training Institute.
While taking several years away from Montessori to raise her four children, Ms. Sharp began and operated a successful event management business, but she felt the tug and returned to Montessori education.
In 2016, Ms. Sharp joined Higher Ground Education as the founding Head of School for Guidepost Montessori at Spruce Tree in Raleigh, N.C. During her time there, she grew the school to well over 100 students while hiring and managing the guides to support their professional growth in a way that was both fulfilling to them and supportive of the students. Today, she serves as the Director of School Success for Higher Ground, working closely with many schools and their leadership teams to guide their success. She applies the lessons she learned from her experiences to fulfill the mission of spreading high-quality, high-fidelity Montessori education to more children.