Hello, and welcome to Schooled by Grace! My name is Sharon Fisher and I have learned, more than anything else, that God loves us and wants a relationship with us. Because He has called me to be a teacher, a teacher of teachers, a woman, a mom, and a grandma, He has led me to encourage people in all of those relationships. With His help, Schooled by Grace will be a venue of support, advice and mutual help as we motivate each other toward excellence in teaching and learning!
By His grace, I earned both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education. I continue my education whenever possible in order to keep my teacher certification current. I believe that staying up-to-date on recent trends in education is very beneficial in helping others. I currently serve as the Curriculum Specialist and Social Media Coordinator for HomeWorks by Precept, which is a homeschool provider for BJU Press and other resources.
My very first year of teaching was at a small Christian school of about 300 students, where I taught a combination classroom of third and fourth graders. God then allowed me to be at home for ten years in order to raise our four sons until they were of school age. He called me back to the elementary classroom at a Christian school of nearly one thousand K-6th grade students. I had much to learn and recall, so I spent a great deal of time talking with curriculum authors and learning from them, as I also provided feedback from my experience with the materials.
After five years back in the classroom, God led me to become the lead teacher over five third grade teachers for the next seven years. As I observed the excellent instruction methods of other teachers and was increasingly exposed to students with learning disabilities, God used that period to teach me many lessons that have been beneficial in helping me to encourage others.
After having enjoyed fourteen years of full-time teaching, I was asked to serve as Curriculum Coordinator for Bob Jones Academy, and as an elementary author for BJU Press for several years. I am so appreciative to those who work to make excellent educational materials that are biblically based. God taught me a lot about education from a curriculum perspective, and I will always be grateful. Also during that time, God allowed me to travel nationally and internationally to educate teachers and homeschool parents about teaching with a biblical worldview, and about how to effectively meet the scholastic needs of their students and children.
Today, I have that same opportunity, and I look forward to your fellowship and encouragement as we sharpen each other!
All of my eleven nieces and nephews were homeschooled at one time or another, and it has been a blessing to be part of their education as needed over the past 22 years. Three of them are still in the thick of it, and I have a great appreciation for every aspect of homeschooling. Having a homeschool perspective in the family, as well as my interaction at BJU Press, has caused me to realize what a wonderful privilege it is to teach children, especially if you are called to teach your own. Teaching children, either in a traditional school setting or at home, has many challenges. I look forward to addressing some of those challenges with you, praying for you, and interacting with you through this blog.