About Justin Sharpless
Justin Sharpless is an assistant professor of agricultural studies at Warner University. Born and raised in Lake Wales and having lived in Polk County most of his life, Justin graduated from Lake Wales High School in 2002. As a teen, Justin discovered his passion for the agriculture industry through his involvement with the LWHS chapter of Future Farmers of America (FFA). After graduation, Justin served as a statewide FFA officer, visiting school chapters throughout the state and promoting FFA initiatives to students. After his year of service, he enrolled in the College of Agriculture at the University of Florida, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and master’s degree in agricultural business. From there, Justin returned to Polk County to teach agriculture at Ft. Meade Middle-Senior High School. He subsequently taught at McLaughlin Middle School and Lake Wales High School before returning to graduate school at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he earned a master’s degree and is currently a PhD candidate in agricultural education and leadership.
Justin is married to his wife, Emilyn, and they have two small boys, Wyatt and Rhett, and they reside in Lake Wales. Emilyn and Justin each have parents who are career educators in Polk County, both for Polk County Public Schools and Lake Wales Charter Schools. They are active members of High Point Church and remain involved in the community through FFA. Justin identifies as a law-abiding, constitutional conservative. His friends call him “Sharpie”, so he invites you to be part of the “Sharpie” for Students campaign.