Sharon Stites taught math to the kindergarten students of Washington Elementary School in Valley City. Ms. Stites was North Dakota's only "Math Their Way" Instructor, teaching math manipulations to teachers of kindergarten through second grade students. As a guest instructor at Valley City State University, Ms. Stites presented classes and workshops on the subjects of language arts, math and early childhood education and development. Actively involved in community projects and activities which promote family involvement in education, Ms. Stites also noted, "It is important to me to continue both my own advanced training and also to provide professional leadership." In 1992, Ms. Stites received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching.