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“I believe every student who comes to my classroom has the ability to learn,” says Sharon Ackerman, sixth grade teacher at United Christian School. “Understanding my students and finding what works for them, then using it to open up their natural desire to learn is what I love. I challenge them to discuss options and share opinions in a safe environment so that they learn that we may not always agree and we do not need to be offensive in sharing our opinions.” (Photo by Bill Helm)

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VERDE VALLEY EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK: Sharon Ackerman

Sixth grade teacher United Christian School Camp Verde

CAMP VERDE – With 15 years as an educator, including five at Camp Verde’s United Christian School, Sharon Ackerman knew at age 15 that she wanted to work with children “in some capacity.”