Sharon DuCharme – Dental Educator
Sharon DuCharme has worked in elementary education since 1973, when she graduated from the University of South Florida. She taught for one year in the Pasco County School system before she came to Polk County, where she taught for 34 years. In 1984, she was selected teacher of the year at Dundee Elementary. Her economics project, Professional Plant People for Production and Profit won the Disney Teacherrific Awards Top Program Award in the Elementary School Category, the Polk Economic Education Council Expo’s Peer Choice Award, and the Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Economics Honorable Mention in 2000. The next year her project on homes won a Polk County Economic Education Council award. In 2008, Sharon retired after 35 years of teaching. She has been a Dental Educator since January 2009.
Sharon visited 32 Schools last year. She visited 239 classrooms and educated 4,271 children on the importance of oral health and provided each student with a new toothbrush.