Author Sharon Kaye Edwards
Giving Back to the Community
At 7-year-old, Sharon Kaye Edwards was teased and bullied because of the loss of her older brother in a car accident that caused her to cry constantly. The news of his death was devastating to the entire family; however, amid family members offering comfort, Sharon was overlooked and left to deal with the tragedy alone. The onslaught of the name-calling and hurtful words left her feeling "INVISIBLE" and wishing she could disappear completely forever.
Miss Edwards, originally from Greenville, Mississippi, is an award-winning author, speaker, playwright, executive producer, anti-bullying activist, and entrepreneur, making a notable impact in the lives of youth since 2012. Along with her husband, celebrity photographer Ellery Edwards, she founded the non-profit organization I AM INVISIBLE Bullying and Suicide Campaign and the "BE YOU TALENT SHOWCASE." I AM INVISIBLE is the dominant anti-bullying and anti-suicide organization in the Clarksville/Nashville area. The campaign has been featured on Talk of the Town Nashville, Fox 17, WSMV Channel 5 News, and the front page of The Leaf-Chronicle Newspaper. In addition, Sharon's story of being bullied was published in an international magazine called It's My Hair!
Sharon's love for the youth, young adults, and her community causes her to wear many hats. She also serves as the CEO and founder of SKE Publishing, which coordinates and directs programs to empower and educate children, parents, teachers, and community leaders.
Experience and Education
Working in the educational field formally started at 19; in 1979, Sharon worked with youth and young adults for over 40 years. She has worked in several Military Child Development Centers in Kentucky, Italy, and Germany during her husband's military career. She started working primarily with pre-school and afterschool programs; however, she also worked with elementary and college students in later years. Her leadership roles were Shift Leader in Germany and served as acting Afterschool Director for one year before her departure back to the States from Italy. In addition, she completed the Child Development Certifications and additional early childhood training held throughout her career.
In 2016, Sharon became a QPR Instructor, where she is certified to teach Bullying and Suicide Awareness Workshops and Classes to schools and communities.
A member of the International Bullying Prevention Association.
Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network.
Board member of the Clarksville Juvenile Justice Task Force.
Sharon started her college journey at 59 by attending the historical Fisk University in Nashville, TN., pursuing a bachelor's degree in Human Development Leadership. She was inducted into the PHI ETA Sigma Honor Society at Fisk University in April of 2021.
In 2021, Sharon was selected to be a part of the 7-Month Clarksville Montgomery County School System Leadership Class of 2022, from which she will be graduating in May of 2022.
Since 1993, Sharon has used her platform to speak in schools, colleges, and community events on topics concerning depression, self-esteem, bullying, and suicide to youth and adults, both local and stateside and overseas.
A Proud Moment
One of Sharon's most incredible honors is having her photo alongside her fellow Mississippians featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, posted in the Henry Clay Anderson Collection with over 4,000 plus photos.
Rebecca Edwards, M. Ed, English Teacher at Rossview Middle School, Clarksville-Montgomery County School System
“Thank you, Sharon, for shedding light onto the darkness of bullying. Having taught for twenty years, I have observed bullying evolve into the horrible beast that it is. At one time, students could find peace out of school from their bullies. But, now with technology, they can’t escape it. The consequences have escalated to the fullest. Hopefully, your book will educate people on the importance of identifying and stopping bullying”.
Author Dave Sanderson International Speaker, Trainer, “Survivor of Flight #1549 Miracle on the Hudson
Thanks, Sharon for your support of the Red Cross and keep up the good work on educating on bullying and suicide prevention!