Sharon Simms of Reston has decided to add her name to the growing number of teachers retiring this year, from Reston School. She grew up in Oak River, MB and graduated from Rivers Collegiate. After high school, Sharon attended Brandon University, graduating with a Bachelor of Education in 1987.
Sharon has taught school in Rivers, Souris, Sinclair, and Mary Montgomery in Virden before starting in Reston in 2001. I taught kindergarten through grade six as well as being a resource teacher,” explained Simms. “I had always wanted to be a teacher. My Mom was a teacher and the gene seems strong on her side of the family. Researching family has found teachers go back at least 4 generations.”
Sharon believes that her teaching colleagues have played an invaluable role in sharing ideas, celebrating success and listening and empathizing with frustrations that come with teaching. “Some of the saddest days in my career were packing up and closing two schools that had become like family – Sinclair School and Reston Elementary.”
One of Sharon’s biggest accomplishments over her teaching career, is witnessing her students grow and achieve success. “Being there to see the “light bulb” come on when a student figures something out for the first time was a true privilege.”
When asked what the biggest change that she has endured over her career was, Sharon answered that it would be technology and in the kids’ abilities to intuitively use it.
Her advice to new teachers starting out in the field would be not to underestimate the number of hours that you will spend working outside the school day. Be sure to save time for yourself and your family. “Life can change in a minute as I found with a breast cancer diagnosis in 2015.”
Sharon has been married to Randy Boulton since 1990, they have two grown sons, Joel and Scott.
In her spare time she enjoys writing her family history blogs (http://ssimms642.blogspot.com/ and http://ssimms64.blogspot.com/), redoing old furniture and going to vintage/antique auction sales and flea markets. Sharon plans on spending more time doing these activities and spending time with her family. We wish you well for a long and happy retirement and look forward to reading more of your family history and blogs.