"As a sister I've never applied for a job; we go where we're needed," Dalton said. "It's with God's grace I've been in Ticonderoga the past 26 years."
The principal is proud of her K-8 school, noting St. Mary's graduates excel at Ticonderoga High School and later in college.
"I'm pleased with our school," Dalton said. "We teach our kids to study, to work hard, to concentrate on fundamentals. We get the best out of our students.
"I have a great, supportive staff," she added. "They always make me look good."
John McDonald, superintendent of the Ticonderoga Central School District, is a St. Mary's graduate. He sees the school as a great success and Dalton as its leader.
"Sister Sharon does an outstanding job," he said. "In my opinion, that school would not be there without her leadership. She does everything she can to insure the students are well prepared for high school, and she has worked very hard to increase the number of extra-curricular opportunities so students have as many options as their public school counterparts.
"Her care and concern for her students is obvious and continues when they enter high school," McDonald continued. "She is often attending sporting events and concerts to encourage her former students. I have tremendous respect for her as a leader and an educator. As a former student I am proud of all that she has accomplished, and in the direction the school is heading under her leadership."
Of course, there are challenges. Enrollment at St. Mary's School is now 105 students, down from a peak of 400 when the school opened 50 years ago.
"These are challenging times," she acknowledged. "The faith is weak in many of our people, there are fewer children in the community and financially it is difficult to make it. But with God's help we're still here after 50 years and we will be in the future."