Alumni Profile: Sharon Morris Clark ’74

Sharon Morris Clark

GPA Class of 1974

University of Michigan Class of 1982

 

Sharon Morris Clark didn’t know what the future held when she first came to Grosse Pointe Academy in sixth grade. Her parents enrolled her after her principal in a Detroit Public School recommend she take an exam for the then-new independent school.

Going to the Academy “changed everything” for Sharon. Though quiet by nature, Sharon excelled in the close, family setting. The school, students and educators combined to create a unique learning environment, she explained.

“I gained a confidence I don’t know that I would have developed in a different school,” Sharon said. “I believed that there was nothing I could not do.”

Sharon credits her involvement in student government in high school with the confidence and skills she developed at the Academy. Years later she still recalls her teachers and how they sparked a sense of curiosity in the world and her role in its exploration.

Sharon recalls the enthusiasm of French teacher Mrs. Truog introducing students to the entire French culture.

“She brought in cafe au lait and croissants – and who could not fall in love with that?” Sharon said. “Her love of all things French was contagious.”

Sharon loved studying French at the Academy. She kept her interest in French language and culture throughout high school and later in college. The study of another culture at GPA also was also her first experience with a diverse population at school.

“I developed a world view I know I would not have had at that age,” Sharon said. “We were taught tolerance and patience and acceptance for all kinds of people with all kinds of talents and abilities.”

Sharon went on to a career in public accounting. She has raised three children who attended private school as well. Sharon says, like her, they are confident and ready for the future ahead.