Sharon Breitenstein
  • Sharon Breitenstein
  • Associate Instructor, Director of the Burton Center for Student Success and the Ratchford Writing Center

  • Email:
  • Phone: 828.898.8702
  • Office: Burton Center for Student Success
  • Department: Academics


MA, Appalachian State University
BS, Appalachian State University

NC Certified teacher in K-6, Middle gradesLanguage Arts and Social Studies, 6-9, and Academically Gifted, K-12
Nationally Board Certified Teacher, Early Adolescent Generalist, 1997-2007

Common Courses Taught

Academic Success Lab
Foundations of College Reading and Writing
Foundations of College Writing

Professional Achievements

  • Presenter at National Association of Adult Educators (NADE) Conference, Greenville, SC
  • Taught in Watauga County Schools for 34 years
  • Member of Distinguished Teacher Forum-2 years
  • Presenter at International Reading Conferences in Atlanta, New Orleans, San Diego and Indianapolis
  • Presenter at ASCD Conference in Baltimore
  • Consultant and writer for Pegasus Reading Program, Kendall/ Hunt
  • Writer for unpacking alignment document for Health Essential Standards, grades K-5, NCDPI
  • Writer for Grade 4, Health lessons Integrating Common Core Reading and Math objectives, NCDPI

Institutional Service and Responsibilities

Director of the Ratchford Writing Center
Coordinator of the Quality Enhancement Plan, Your Writing Elevated
Burton Center Instructor, Foundations of College Writing and Peer -Tutoring Course
Member of Writing Across the Curriculum(WAC) and the Assessment Team

Personal Interests

I am a teacher. That simple statement represents my passion for the art and craft of teaching, as well as the strong belief that education improves lives. Learning can improve adult lives intellectually, economically, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually at any stage of life. I am a life-long learner who engages in many programs to improve my teaching practice, to stay informed about the latest research, and to provide the best instruction possible for my students. I enjoy helping students with every phase of the writing process. The Writing Center and Mrs. B are here to help students and faculty at Lees-McRae College!