Precincts: Camargo, Little Mount, Spencer
Seeking “Aha” Moments for Every Child
It all started with an “aha” moment for Sharon Smith-Breiner. After graduating from an urban high school in Louisville, Kentucky, Sharon followed a friend to tour Eastern Kentucky University and elected to be the first person in her family to attend college. Though her major at EKU was business and marketing, she took a class entitled, Special Needs for Special People, and, “aha”, she knew from that point forward what she wanted to do in life.
After receiving her teaching certificate, which enabled her to teach elementary and special education classes, Mrs. Smith-Breiner had the opportunity to spend eight years at Camargo Elementary as a teacher for students with learning disabilities. She then moved to Mt. Sterling Elementary where she taught first grade, third grade, fourth grade gifted, and served as a Site Based Decision Making Council member. Adding to her multi-level experience, Sharon also taught 6th grade at McNabb Middle School, while pursuing certification in supervision and administration.
Mrs. Smith-Breiner credits the leadership of principals such as Hopey Newkirk in helping to prepare her for her role as principal of Owingsville Elementary School. She served in that capacity for 6 ½ years before taking a position as principal of Camargo Elementary School. She retired in June 2012 after working for 33 years in the field of education.
Following retirement, at the urging of friends and community members, Sharon decided to continue using her education experience as a member of the Montgomery County Board of Education. She was subsequently elected and was sworn in on January 10, 2013 for a four-year term. Mrs. Smith-Breiner’s goals for the Board include setting clear, high expectations. She believes more is possible and wants to help lead the school system to create conditions for success. “I want every child to have an “aha” moment where they understand what is being taught.” She will also encourage a focus on building relationships. “I want the community to have more trust in the Board and school system.”
Sharon has three children who attended and graduated from the Montgomery County School System - Jessica, Joseph, and Scooter. She also has two grandchildren. She married Howard Breiner in July 2012. Between them the couple has five children and six grandchildren.