Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Sharp, English Subject Expert Teacher

Mr. Sharp knew he wanted to become a teacher because, “I love working with kids who have their lives in front of them.” 

Mr. Sharp teaches 4th, 5th and 6th grade English this year at BASIS Independent McLean.  He previously taught High School English in Arlington.  He is also the faculty sponsor for the Model United Nations Club for middle and high school students.  He is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana and attended Wabash College, where he majored in English.  

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What do you like about teaching at BASIS Independent McLean?

The kids are engaged, excited, and willing to learn.  It makes me want to share everything I know.  I enjoy seeing our students learning to organize their work and prioritize their time so they can participate in outside activities.  The teachers here are fully engaged and I like what we get back from the students in terms of their commitment and engagement. 

Many of our fifth and sixth graders have commented how much they enjoy your class.  How do you make your class engaging?

Our class discussions are lively and student thoughts and opinions are essential.  I treat students as individuals who demand my respect.  I am humbled when a student shares an opinion or perspective that I have not thought of.  When my students make insightful comments, I give my acknowledgment.  We read interesting books that introduce students to understanding historical realities and concepts such as empathy and discrimination.  We read Animal Farm earlier this year and have recently read The Endless Step.  I also make the grammar exercises relevant by using sentences from real literature. 

Are you a faculty sponsor for any after school clubs? 

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I am the faculty sponsor for the Model United Nations Club for middle and high school students.  Model United Nations is a great activity to practice public speaking.  If students start in 6th grade, they build a strong foundation for participating in conferences in 7th and 8th grades.  The BASIS Independent McLean team is competing at a conference in April against Thomas Jefferson and several other schools in the area.

Mr. Sharp will be teaching two English Enrichment & Critical Reading courses at our BASIS Independent Summer Program that will help students enrich their foundational English skills while focusing on a specific area of literature.  The first course for grades 5-7 focuses on Fantasy Fiction and the second course for grades 5-12 focuses on Social Justice.  For more information on our summer offerings, click here.

BASIS Independent McLean is a preschool-12th grade private school located in Tysons. To learn more about our acclaimed liberal arts and science program, please register for an upcoming informational event. We are currently accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year on a rolling basis (Rolling Admissions).

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