Faculty Spotlight: Meet Sharon!

  • In The Classroom

With so many new faculty and staff members around New City, we're bringing back an old favorite: our Community Spotlight! Each week, we'll be highlighting a different teacher or staff member. This week, we're getting to know Sharon Palmer, one of our new lead teachers in the 3/4s!

How long have you been at New City?

This is my first year teaching at New City, but I have been in the Early Childhood Education field for 14 years.

What attracted you to New City?

A family friend saw the Linda Churchwell-Varga Summer Fellowship for Teachers of Color brochure on Facebook and sent it to me. After reading through the brochure I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to get a glimpse of what it is like as a teacher of color in an independent school. I had preconceived notions of what I thought it might be like, but honestly I had no idea what to expect. After a week of learning and getting to experience New City I knew I was supposed to be here. The last day of the institute I sat in the library after closing remarks because I didn’t want to leave. Little did I know what would be in store for me two weeks later. Now here we are!

Which of the Multiple Intelligences do you feel are your strongest?

I feel that the Interpersonal Intelligence is what I connect with the most. As a teacher, I believe that I need to have the ability to understand people and relationships. I want to make sure that I am building positive/healthy relationships with the foundation of trust with my colleagues, children, and families. I also want to make sure that I am in tune, sensitive, and aware of others' needs.

What makes a good day at school?

What makes a good day at school for me is when all of the children in our classroom are fully engaged in activities, asking questions, answering questions, and making observations.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be in plays, dance, and sing. I also wanted to be a teacher. Thankfully I was blessed with opportunities to do all of these things. It never gets old for me. I still enjoy it all!

What is something good you think has come from Covid?

A different perspective on life. Tomorrow, the next second, the next minute, the next day, and the next moment is not promised to anyone. Just my appreciation for life has changed. It also gave me time to do things that I had been procrastinating on.

If you could be any character in a movie, which movie would it be?

I love the movie Cinderella (Brandy and Whitney Houston version). I love the message. Here is what I got out of it, and this is also one of my favorite scriptures in The Bible: “don’t be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” I keep this in my heart. For the first time, I also saw women who look me on the big screen in leading roles in this movie.