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Sharon Ladner

Sharon Ladner (MS '97)


South New Summit School
Hattiesburg, MS

Grade(s): 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

At the time of the Award, Sharon Ladner was:

Pascagoula High School
Pascagoula, MS

Subject(s) taught: English/Language
Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

Sharon Ladner is currently serving as Principal of South New Summit School. She has been an educational consultant and executive coach for several agencies, including Generation Ready. She retired in 2012 from her position as associate superintendent of schools for teaching and learning at the Franklin Special School District in Franklin, a position that she has held since 2002. Prior to this, Ladner—a National Board Certified teacher—was a district curriculum and instructional specialist with the Pascagoula School District for three years. As a former teacher of English at Pascagoula High School in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Ladner co-authored several programs drawing upon the Internet's ability to bring diverse communities together. Her "Language of Power" program engaged students from Pascagoula to research and exchange information on the English language with students from New Mexico and Arizona. In "Identities, Memories and American Dreams: How to Make a REAL American Quilt," students used the Internet to research the diversity of American literature. Her course culminated in the creation of a large quilt representing different American ethnic groups. Ladner was one of six teachers selected by Mississippi to develop a course on technology and the Internet for the state curriculum.

Additional Information


1975 University of Southern Mississippi, B.A.

Breadloaf School of English, Middlebury College, M.A.

Nova Southeastern University, Administrator Certification

Educational Administration, Teacher Leadership, Executive Coaching, Professional Learning Communities, Professional Learning, Curriculum and Instruction