Sheila Shareski believes teaching music is her calling.

The mother of two has been teaching piano lessons for more than four decades and now has over 40 students of all ages and levels, from beginner to advanced.

“It’s who I am,” says Shareski, noting she began playing in church at the young age of 13.

Shareski has worked in other jobs over the years, but says teaching piano has been the most fulfilling.

“Children are just so appreciative,” she says of her love for teaching. “You get your kudos from your students.”

Currently Shareski works at Skyline Music with owner Lisa Ammirati, who says Shareski is gracious and supportive of her colleagues and students and has a huge impact, despite recently suffering personal loss.

Ammirati is impressed by her friend’s ability to remain stoic and gracious even while going through her own troubles.

“Her constant love and devotion to her career and her surroundings have reflected in each of us who are in her presence,” says Ammirati of Shareski. “We call her our fairy godmother.”

Shareski is humble about her impact, explaining her faith and the way she was raised is what influences her.

“I was raised to love one another,” she says.