Sharp, Zerna Addas
- Mary Ellen Collins
Sharp, Zerna Addas (12 August 1889–17 June 1981), elementary teacher and principal and reading consultant, was born in Hillisburg, Indiana, the daughter of Charles Sharp, owner of a general store, and Charlotta E. Smith. At age five Sharp learned to read by herself and at sixteen graduated from high school. She took a summer course at Marion Normal College and passed the state teachers’ examination shortly thereafter. In 1905 she began teaching first grade in her hometown. The next year she taught in Circleville and Kirklin, both in Indiana. During this time she continued her education at Columbia University; however, she did not obtain a degree. Around 1920 Sharp became an elementary school principal in LaPorte, Indiana; she continued to teach as well....