This simple question triggered her motivation that had lain dormant for many years. It was not long after, that Sharon registered at Embury, an independent teacher training institution managed by Curro Holdings, following the discovery that she qualified by age to study at a tertiary institution. And thus, her dream to become a teacher was finally being realised, at 45 years old.
During her four years of studying a Bachelor of Education at Embury, Sharon delved into the world of achievements. In her first year, she received the Top Achiever award – one of her proudest moments. Thereafter, she was voted onto the Student Representative Council (SRC), and despite not fitting the typical student profile, was later elected as SRC president in 2015.
Throughout Sharon’s academic journey, her husband and two teenage boys remained untiring in their support. “Four years of hard work, juggling a business, looking after a family and being a full-time student certainly had its hardships, but in the end, it paid off”, says Sharon proudly. “Embury has given me so much in my life – they really give their students such golden opportunities. I was even fortunate enough to travel to Norway on an exchange program”.
Sweet has bypassed the traditional role of a teacher in the classroom and is realising her dream in the lecture hall as junior lecturer at Embury Institute for Teacher Education.