Sharon MacGregor has lived in Roxbury for about 3 years. Presently, she works as a web design/content management consultant for Becton Dickinson, in Franklin Lakes, where she has worked since 2013.
In addition, she has a freelance design business, Shmac Design, where she designs websites, books, all types of collateral such as business cards and brochures, as well as science and technical illustration.
Prior to this, she had more than 15 years of experience in the educational publishing industry, working for publishers like Pearson, Houghton Mifflin, Scholastic and Mastery Publishing. Throughout her time in publishing, Sharon got involved with both the illustration and production aspects of producing textbooks and other educational collateral, as well as online materials, and participated actively in the production and development of reading, math and science curriculum materials.
Sharon holds a BA in Psychology from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar MO, with an art minor, and coursework toward her MA in Learning and Technology integration from Western Governors University (online program). Prior to that, she graduated from Sussex County Vocational Technical School’s Commercial Art Program.
Sharon lives in the Lower Berkshire Valley section of Roxbury with Jimmy, and 2 stepsons, James Nazzaro, 15 and a sophomore at RHS, and Joshua Nazzaro, 14, who attends an out of district special needs placement at Celebrate the Children in Denville, NJ – and a crazy dog, Cocoa.
Joshua has autism, and is mostly non-verbal due to autism – however, he has learned to communicate using a method called Facilitated Communication (using an iPad), and they have realized he can read, spell and do advanced math, and is really intelligent. It has been lifesaving for him.
This has given her a heart for advocating for kids with special needs and IEPs due to learning disabilities. Sharon is planning to enroll in SPAN coursework to become a Special Needs advocate, and perhaps a full-time career in the future as an Advocate. If elected, Sharon plans to be both a voice for special needs, and those mainstreamed kids with learning disabilities.
In her spare time, Sharon enjoys 4 wheeling, video games, drawing, reading and loves movies.
Prior to moving to Roxbury, Sharon had been a volunteer as a Social Media Coordinator for the Northern NJ Chapter of Operation Christmas Child, which collects small toys, school supplies and hygiene kits for impoverished kids all over the world. In addition, she volunteered as a mentor to inner city kids in Paterson for more than 10 years, and still keeps in touch with many of those kids today.
Sharon is passionate about making sure that each and every child has an equal opportunity for a good education, no matter the circumstance (special needs, illness, family and economic issues, pandemic, etc….), and also getting the community to see the importance of enhance technology in the schools in order to prepare them for a world where technology changes practically overnight.