East Tipp Middle School teacher Sharita Ware was surprised this morning with the 2022 Indiana Teacher of the year award. She was summoned to the East Tipp gymnasium where she was greeted by the entire student body as well as staff and faculty. 

Ware teaches engineering technology to 7th and 8th graders. She made the switch to teaching ten years ago after working initially as an engineer. 

10/26/21 Sharita Ware acceptance speech

10/26/21 Sharita Ware acceptance speech

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Sharita Ware thanks God, her family and her students for the honor of the award. 

10/26/21 Autumn Ware

10/26/21 Autumn Ware

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Autumn Ware embraces her mother after watching her walk though the East Tipp Middle School gymnasium to roaring applause. 

10/26/21 Sharita Ware accepts her award

10/26/21 Sharita Ware accepts her award

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Indiana Secretary of Education Katie Jenner presents the 2022 Indiana Teacher of the Year award to Sharita Ware.

10/26/21 Sharita Ware Teacher of the Year pin

10/26/21 Sharita Ware Teacher of the Year pin

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Katie Pourcho, 2021 Indiana Teacher of the Year, pins the 2022 award to Sharita Ware's vest. Pourcho teaches art at North Elementary in Danvil…

10/26/21 Sharita Ware and husband

10/26/21 Sharita Ware and husband

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Sharita Ware wipes a tear from her eye while her husband Justin congratulates her. Justin Ware is an assistant professor in Purdue's Honors College. 

10/26/21 Sharita Ware students

10/26/21 Sharita Ware students

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East Tipp Middle School students gather to celebrate their teacher's success. 

10/26/21 Sharita Ware hugs husband

10/26/21 Sharita Ware hugs husband

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Sharita Ware hugs her husband after she was surprised with the Indiana Teacher of the Year award. 

10/26/21 Avery Ware

10/26/21 Avery Ware

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Avery Ware, a student at Purdue, hugs his mom and gives her flowers to celebrate her receiving Indiana Teacher of the Year.