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Sharon Martin

Position: School Resource Officer
School: Center Elementary School
School District: Ware County School District
City, State: Waycross, GA

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Sharon Martin was nominated by an anonymous colleague.

This is Officer Martin's second year as the school resource officer at Center Elementary School. She has had a profound impact on students starting from the first few weeks she was assigned to Center. Every morning, she greets students with smiles and hugs as they enter the school. She has been a solid figure for many students who need a shoulder to lean on and someone to talk to. Officer Martin has also begun a Junior Officer program for students who have reached their Accelerated Reader goal. Additionally, she rewards students who are outstanding in a chosen subject area. She has been known to bring treats for students and present them with coloring items during extended breaks and weekends.

During situations that include elevated tempers and upset individuals, Officer Martin always ensures the safety of both students and staff. She has outstanding communication skills and is able to bring solutions to rising problems. Many times, Officer Martin has shown that she will go to endless lengths to put her students and co-workers before herself.

"At the end of the day, it is so refreshing to see students searching for her as they leave school to receive their cherished hugs and smiles as she helps send students home," said her nominator. "She has been, and continues to be, a cherished staple to Center Elementary. Our students, staff, and community are so blessed to have a hero with such dedication."

Comments (5)

Kathy Gray Posted over a year ago

Officer Martin is amazing! She loves each and everyone of our students unconditionally. Officer Martin is a positive role model for our students and is always there for them with hugs, and lots of love. We are so thankful and blessed to have her here at Center Elementary!

Anna Davis Posted over a year ago

Officer Martin is the best!! She is always willing to offer a hand, a hug, whatever you need!! She’s great with the students and has made a positive impact on so many kids in her short time at Center Elem!!

Samantha Bennett Posted over a year ago

I love the way that Officer Martin interacts with each student. I can see their joy to know that she will smile and speak to each of them! Most of all, I think she has promoted the idea that the police are people who can be trusted. This is a great lesson for our students. It helps them stay safe in a world of unknowns! She is a blessing to our school!

Kylie Carter Posted over a year ago

Sharon is a very sweet person and I know she is making a difference as a SRO Officer at Center Elementary.

Amber Williamson Posted over a year ago

Office Martin is always a joy to see, even if it’s briefly. She is always kind and so good with the kids. My boys always look forward to seeing her. We love Officer Martin, and she is definitely making a difference in not only the lives of our students at Center, but in everyone else’s life also