Sharon started working at Burlington High School as a paraprofessional in the Aspire program, and held that position for two years. For the next 13 years, she worked as a Reading Teacher. She taught students with a wide range of reading abilities, including emerging readers, New Americans, and students with exceptional needs. She also has had additional responsibilities, such as being a 504 case manager, where she completed all the documentation, meetings, and other tasks involved in such a job. She enjoyed working collaboratively with students, staff, administrators, and families. A main goal for Sharon was to be student centered, and to always work in their best interest. A point of pride for Sharon is that while working part time at BHS, she also became certified as a Wilson Dyslexia Specialist by completing the Level 1 training and year long practicum of the Wilson Reading Program, and completed over 100 hours of Orton Gillingham training.
“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.”Sharon Weltman
Words from Sharon:
What I will miss: My students and my colleagues.
What I am proudest of: my students
Advice to pass on: Read!
Future Plans: To have fun!
Words from Colleagues:
2021 was a difficult year-no words can really capture the experience. Sharon worked diligently to serve our mutual students, some of whom are the most fragile learners in the school. She stepped up and communicated as a strong team member. She showed up to meetings, which seems so simple, but is so important in special education. Generally, she made my job easier because of her efforts. Thank you Sharon for your work this year. Good luck on new ventures! Josepha Austin
Sharon graciously welcomed me into her classroom to work together for our most vulnerable students. Her kindness, empathy, and passion for her students was showcased in everything she did. I am so grateful to have worked alongside her at BHS. Hannah Morrison
Sharon has enriched the lives of many students that I have had the pleasure of working with for the past few years. I have admired her ability to gather appropriate reading materials for our mutual students on short notices on many different occasions. Sharon consistently thought of the needs of her students day in and day out. Thank you Sharon for your generosity and kindness towards our students. Enjoy your retirement- you deserve it! Susan Dumais
It has been a pleasure being Sharon’s teammate as we’ve supported students together. It has been great having a colleague who shares a passion for reading and making a difference. We are going to miss you! Lauren Morse