Sharp set to retire, cap decades-long career at Vale School District

Vale High School Principal Mary Jo Sharp will step into the ranks of the retired at the end of this school year. Sharp said she will miss interacting with students the most. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)

VALE – When she became a lifeguard and taught swimming lessons at the Vale City Pool, Mary Jo Sharp didn’t know she would someday become a teacher – but even as a teen, she knew she liked to be prepared.

“I can remember doing kind of a lesson plan,” said Sharp about teaching swimming lessons.

She understood then teaching “was something that comes very naturally to me.”

“I love working with kids, helping them know they can be successful,” said Sharp.

Sharp, 57, the longtime principal at Vale High School, will step down from her post at the . . .