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Commencement, May 2015.

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Ron Sharp

Ron Sharp and family.

Ron Sharp (’93, biology: ’99, M. Ed.), is the Assistant Principal at Desert Hills Middle School in St. George, UT, where he is primarily responsible for discipline.

“However, I try to stay connected with students as much as possible,” said Sharp. “Whether I am helping them with a book report, a science activity or working with them in the weight room after school, I just love seeing kids improve and experience success in their lives.”

While preparing to become a science teacher, Sharp believes he couldn’t have asked for a better education than he received at Southern Utah University (SUU).

“The entire science department at SUU was filled with professors that who loved their fields and made their lectures fun and interesting,” said Sharp.

Sharp is confident the guidance given by his education professors influences him to this day.

“I owe much of my success in education to Dr. Ward Gubler,” says Sharp. “What I liked about Dr. Gubler is that he didn’t accept mediocrity. He expected the best you could possibly give, and I made sure not to disappoint him. His knowledge of educational leadership and management helped me get to where I am today.” 

Most of Sharp’s interests involve athletics. He loves all sports and tries to be as active as possible. He spends about eight hours a week in the weight room at Desert Hills Middle School. He has a goal to beat the world bench press record of 182 lbs. when he is ninety years old.

Sharp’s greatest personal achievement is raising three successful children with his wife Jenny. Some of his greatest professional accomplishments include earning the Superintendent’s Award of Excellence in the Washington County School District and being awarded Educational Leadership Student of the Year by the SUU Education Department in 2006.

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