We visit with Sharon P. Freeman, Associate Professor of English at Southside Virginia Community College.
How long have you worked at SVCC?
Going on 30 years
What other positions have you held at SVCC?
Adjunct Instructor for GED, Developmental English, College English, Dual Enrollment English (for 12 years prior to accepting a full time position at SVCC)
What is your favorite vacation spot?
The beach is my favorite vacation spot...actually anywhere near or on the water.
Who was your favorite teacher, and what grade or subject did they teach?
In Elementary School (6th grade) , my favorite teacher was Aida Nelson, and in High School , my favorite teacher was Barbara Wilson (Latin teacher).
What did you want to do when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a teacher and spent many hours growing up playing school.
What was your first job and for what company?
I began working when I was 15 years old for Allen's Drug Store in Lawrenceville, VA. behind the lunch counter. I worked there throughout high school and even after I went to college whenever I could. I waited tables at lunch, cooked, made milkshakes, ice cream floats, pimento cheese, chicken salad, and helped behind the counter in the pharmacy when needed.
Of what achievement are you most proud?
My most proud personal achievement would have to be my family, my two daughters, Jenifer and Lauren, and my 2 grandsons, Justin and Jordan.
My most proud professional achievement is to see so many of my students achieve their goals and dreams. Giving students the tools to help them become successful and reach their goals is the greatest achievement any teacher could have. From starting their college journey in my Freshman English classes at SVCC all the way to them becoming doctors, lawyers, teachers, business men and women, nurses, military, and many more too numerous to mention, their achievement is my greatest achievement as a teacher.
If you could have lunch with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you eat?
I would have a long lunch with my sister, Brenda, but I would surely include our mother, brother, and her children/family in this lunch date. My sister died of cancer almost 10 years ago and there is not a day that goes by that we don't miss her and want to talk with her. She would be so proud of her family and grandchildren. We both love steak, but I think she would want Mama to cook her liver and onions with mashed potatoes and gravy.
What is your favorite song?
My favorite song is Amazing Grace - How Sweet the Sound that Saved a Wretch Like Me