Sharon Zuckerman Memorial Fund


Sharon Zuckerman spent her nearly 22 years in her Pope John classroom in the same way she spent the rest of her life - fearlessly, passionately, honestly, and without pretenses. She treated her role as an educator as a vocation, not a job, and she made it fun. Sharon usually began the first day of classes with Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” blasting through the hallways, so that students knew what to expect from her. She challenged her students to aggressively engage with the information presented to them, to launch headlong into the pursuit of the truth, and to steel themselves for the world outside of Pope John. There is no crying in AP, after all. 

Throughout her five-year battle with breast cancer, Sharon never stopped returning to her classroom. She cared so genuinely about each and every student that sat in front of her. Because of her, untold numbers of Pope John alumni left the school with a deep appreciation for U.S. history, classic cinema, and rock n roll. 

As a tribute to Sharon, Pope John High School is establishing a scholarship in her name to reward a graduating senior student who embodies all that made Sharon Zuckerman the memorable educator she was - a commitment to learning, to her community, to investigation and truth, and to all those she considered her family. We are kindly asking for the support of the Pope John community, as well as anyone else whose life was impacted by Sharon’s time on this Earth, to help us establish this scholarship in her honor. Thank you so much for your contributions and generosity.



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