Sharon Martin was bit with the publications bug when she was editor of her high school yearbook in Dodge City, Kansas, so she combined her English secondary education degree with a certification in journalism. Throughout her career she has advised in schools as small as 100 secondary students to as large as 2,500 students for over 35 years. Martin taught at Udall, Nickerson, Salina South, and Wichita East high schools and has been an instructor at Flint Hills Publication Workshops and Jostens summer workshops.

Eager to work with her state program, Martin served on the Kansas Scholastic Press Association Board and was president of that organization for two years. She was named a Jackie Engel/Kansas Collegiate Press teacher of the year and inducted into the KSPA Hall of Fame. In retirement, Martin hopes to continue working with advisers in a mentoring capacity.