Meet our Executive Director
Author: Sharon Kaye Edwards
At seven years old, Sharon Kaye Edwards's older brother was killed in a vehicle accident. The grief she experienced was overwhelming and caused her to cry constantly. Unfortunately, some kids began teasing and bullying her instead of showing concern or trying to console her. Although the news of his death devastated the entire family, amid family members offering comfort to one another, she was overlooked and left to deal with the tragedy alone because of Sharon's age and the family's inability to see her pain. The onslaught of the name-calling and hurtful words left her feeling "INVISIBLE" and wishing she could disappear forever. That experience of feeling INVISIBLE is the driving force that has kept her on a mission to ensure that no other child feels that way.
Bringing Bullying & Suicide Awareness to the Forefront
Mrs. Edwards, originally from Greenville, Mississippi, is an award-winning Author, Anti-Bullying Activist, Entrepreneur, Executive Director, Executive Producer, Public speaker, and Playwright that has been making a notable impact in the lives of youth since 1979; over 40 years, and continues to do so to this present day. In 2012, her heart was touched when she heard of a 12-year-old youth in a neighboring county committing suicide due to bullying. That was the beginning of her quest to bring awareness to bullying and suicide. As a result, she joined the anti-bullying tour with the Georgia School System.
Pursuing Knowledge Concerning Mental Health
To increase her knowledge concerning mental health, she became a QPR in 2016 with the Tennessee Suicide Network. As a QPR, it allows her to teach classes to schools and communities to bring awareness to bullying and suicide.
Birth of SKE Publishing
With research, collaboration, and knowledge from various mental health agencies, therapists, and counselors, in 2016, Mrs. Edwards founded SKE Publishing. Additionally, she authored three books presently sold on Amazon:
The Girl Who Felt Invisible
It's Okay To Be Different
The Bullying Suicide And Resource Guide For the 21st Century
(Educators and counselors co-authored the guide)
I AM INVISIBLE BULLYING AND SUICIDE
In their determination to share their knowledge of bullying and suicide, Mrs. Edwards and her husband, Ellery Edwards, a retired veteran of the United States Army and celebrity photographer, 2018 co-founded the nonprofit organization I AM INVISIBLE BULLYING AND SUICIDE. While Sharon, known by the youth as Mama Sharon or the Bully Lady, regularly speaks before crowds of youth, Ellery is the MAN behind the lens, capturing every moment of the lives impacted through our programs.
Partnering of SKE PUBLISHING AND I AM INVISIBLE BULLYING AND SUICIDE
To give back to the community, SKE PUBLISHING and the team I AM INVISIBLE BULLYING AND SUICIDE partnered for the first two years to provide free anti-bullying empowerment assembly programs to several CMCSS schools in Clarksville, TN. They also offered their programs to YMCA after-school programs held at various CMCSS sites. After the two-year timeframe, SKE PUBLISHING became a hired vendor for the CMCSS.
In one of the schools they serviced, Kenwood Middle School, Dr. Marlon Heaston, the principal at that time, said he and the other teachers saw the program's value and impact on the students. As a result, Kenwood Middle hired SKE PUBLISHING for their school's anti-bullying and empowerment programs. SKE PUBLISHING serviced the school with two in-person and one virtual assembly program for three school terms. In addition, Sharon and her husband were hired at Kenwood Middle to teach Art, Book Writing, and Photography for their after-school program under the direction of Dr. Edwina Carr.
Being A Leader
As an Executive Director of I AM INVISIBLE BULLYING AND SUICIDE, Mrs. Edwards began her journey in pursuing her BS in Human Development/Leadership. In April 2021, she was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. Additionally, Mrs. Edwards, in May of 2022, completed the 7-month CMCSS Leadership Class. Additionally, she was chosen by the Harwood Institute to take the Public Innovator Getting Started Lab Course. Miss Edwards completed this course on September 22, 2022.
Entrepreneur/Small Business Training
To continue to keep our young entrepreneurs educated and knowledgeable in the world of entrepreneurship, the Edwards are presently attending an 8-week Mastermind Class: The E Myth Revisited by: Michael Gerber
Senior Vice President
Commercial Lending Manager
Media Coverage: Fox 17 News Nashville TN
I AM INVISIBLE BULLYING & SUICIDE and Community Partner Visionary: Clemmie Greenlee of the Nashville Peacemaker discusses the issues surrounding Bullying & Suicide with Fox News Nashville, TN.