Sister Sharon Steglich, O.P.
Sister Sharon grew up in Port Arthur, Texas. She lived with her parents Flossie and Gilbert Steglich and her sister Elaine. She was taught by Dominican Sisters at St. Mary’s Catholic School and Bishop Bryne High School in Port Arthur, Texas. “I loved the sisters. Sister Mary Edna taught choir. She was so full of life, so happy. She inspired me.”
Sister Sharon entered the convent in 1959 and earned her Bachelors in Education from Dominican College. Sister Sharon’s first teaching assignment was at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Houston, Texas. She was there for five years and then moved to Beaumont where she taught at St. Anthony Cathedral Catholic School for three years.
Sister Sharon taught at St. Mary’s in Port Arthur for the next thirteen years. “It was wonderful to be in Port Arthur close to family”. In 1971 St. Mary’s served as a demonstration school and Sister Sharon was the Primary Coordinator of the Individualized Instruction Program. The program was recognized by the Texas Education Agency and primary teachers came from all over to observe and learn how to implement the program in their own classrooms.
In the 1980’s Sister Sharon went to Orange, Texas. She taught 27 years at St. Mary’s Catholic School. “I was in Orange for so long that it was like teaching family. You knew everyone in the community. It was wonderful.”
Sister Sharon taught first grade for 51 inspired years. “I had a difficult time learning as a child, especially with reading. As a teacher I taught phonics and was really successful at it. You learn so much in the first grade and I wanted to help the children learn to read. I had patience with the children because I had the same struggles growing up.”
After her time in Orange, Texas, Sister Sharon moved back to Houston and began teaching at Queen of Peace Catholic School. For 7 years she has taught first grade and religion. “I love teaching the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.” She currently works as a substitute and working in the library.
Sister Sharon enjoys being a Dominican Sister. “The sisters bring out something in you. If I had not entered I would not have had the opportunity to learn and study. I never would have thought I could succeed.” For her it has been about the charism of study and making the best of herself. “Being a Dominican Sister has made me a happier person.”
Sister Sharon continues to serve the Queen of Peace Catholic School community in Houston. She also serves on the Board of Directors at St. Catherine's Montessori School.
In her free time she enjoys working in the garden, walking and watching football. Sister Sharon continues to be dedicated to her former students, many of whom went on to graduate from Texas A & M, cheering on those Aggies during football season!
Interview with Sister Sharon Steglich, O.P. June 23, 2014. Updated March 20, 2017.