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Palestine High School teacher Sharon Main, third from left, was named this month’s Hometown Hero, winning $500 from PAACO. From left are KYYK Sales Manager Mendi Perry, PAACO’s mascot, Main, PAACO Manager D.D. Sanchez, Main’s daughter Kari Perez and KYYK sales executive Lorry Shannon. Main was presented with the special award on Friday at PAACO in Palestine.

For going “above and beyond” for her students over the years, Palestine High School teacher Sharon Main was named KYYK  98.3’s Hometown Hero for July.

Main was given the award (a $500 prize) during a “surprise” presentation Friday at PAACO auto dealership in Palestine, which sponsors the Hometown Hero award.

“I can’t believe it. That’s so amazing,” Main said upon receiving the award. “

Main was chosen from a field of applicants who are nominated for the Hometown Hero award every month.

“It’s a big, long process that we go through to select the winner, but a lot of folks think you are pretty amazing. You love children, love school and you do a lot of things that you are not asked to do, but you do it anyway,” KYYK Sales Manager Mendi Perry said to Main.

Main has taught school for more than 30 years in Palestine and Athens. For seven years, she owned a flower shop, but returned to education a while back, now teaching at PHS.

“She has shown me what is important in life — taking care of people around you and going above and beyond for those people,” her daughter Kari Perez said during the presentation.

As an example, Perez recalled when she was in high school, her mother helped a student who may not have had running water at home — taking their clothes home to wash them, and doing this in a way that wouldn’t embarrass the student.

“She has bought students school supplies and clothing. If they needed something, she would make sure they got it,” Perez said. “For once in your life, I wanted you to get the recognition you deserve and for it not to be completely behind the scenes. You have many previous students who are now grown people — productive members of society — because you touched their lives.”

Sharon Main is married to Steve Main and has two daughters, Kari Perez and Kandice Matthews, and two stepsons Neal Main and Seth Main.

To nominate someone for the Hometown Hero award, visit www.youreasttexas.com and click on the “Hometown Heroes” tab.


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