Sharon Nepote, ’02, ’07, Ed.D. Candidate

nepoteSharon Nepote has spent nearly 20 years in education, but she first had a career as a dental hygienist. As part of that job she would travel to the schools to educate the students about proper brushing techniques. It was an experience that excited her.

Knowing she needed a career change, Nepote decided to return to school to become a teacher.

Nepote loved being in the classroom and interacting with students and parents, but soon realized she could do more as an administrator. This fall she began her second year as the assistant principal at Grand Prairie Elementary School in Frankfort.

Nepote, who considers herself a lifelong learner who is passionate about education, is working on her Ed.D. at the University of St. Francis. She expects to graduate in 2015.

The Frankfort resident is no stranger to USF, either. She has two master’s degrees—one in Curriculum Instruction and one in Educational Leadership (Type 75)—from the university.

“I have two advanced degrees from USF, and when it came time for a third, there was no question on where I would go,” said Nepote. “My USF experiences have been phenomenal. In every class I have taken, I have been able to use what I’ve learned in my job, in the community and at home.”

Nepote said USF’s professors are of the highest quality and are experienced in developing future leaders because they themselves are leaders in education.

“USF offers its students a holistic approach to education, and the professors have a passion for developing professionals,” said Nepote. “The professors emulate what servant leadership is like and teach the ways to be the most effective leader.”