Jennifer Sharpe: College Transfer Student to Campus Administrator

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Jennifer Sharpe“Through research assignments as a student at Nash Community College, I came to understand more about the literacy rate in Nash County and found my desire to address a need in my community through my career choice,” Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School Principal Jennifer Sharpe recalls. “My NCC English instructors had such a profound impact on my learning that I knew I wanted to help others learn not only to read and write, but also to enjoy it.”

Sharpe was recently named principal of the NRM-Early College High School located at Nash Community College. The Early College is a five-year high school where students take a combination of high school and college courses preparing to graduate with both a high school diploma and either an Associate’s Degree or two years of transferable college credit.

Jennifer Sharpe is a 1992 graduate of Nash’s College Transfer Program, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education at Barton College. She studied Rhetoric and Composition while at East Carolina University and graduated with a Masters in School Administration from North Carolina State University.

Prior to working on Nash’s campus, Jennifer Sharpe was Assistant Principal at Rocky Mount High School and previously served in various other administrative and instructional capacities within Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. Her career in education began in 1994.

Sharpe is treasurer for the Nash-Rocky Mount Principals and Assistant Principals Association and is a member of the National Paideia Junior Faculty, National Council of Teachers of English, North Carolina English Teachers Association and Professional Educators of North Carolina.

“Completing my first two years of college at NCC set me on my career path with a mission to serve my community, and set me up for success beyond my Associate in Arts degree,” Sharpe said. While I did not share the traditional experience of living in a dorm and other aspects of “college life” like some of my peers, I did receive an excellent education that prepared me for the rigors of classes in my major at the university…and I became part of a new vision of college life.”