High School: Patterson High School
Location: Baltimore, MD
Subjects: Engineering and Technology
Brief Bio: Sharon Ball is currently a technology teacher at Patterson High School in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a Master’s degree in Education, a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering Technology, and has been teaching engineering and technology courses in Baltimore City for 20 years. Prior to teaching, she worked at Lockheed Martin as a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer.
In March 2019, Patterson received the TEEAM / ITEEA AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE High School Engineering Program Award for the state of Maryland. Her zest for teaching has earned her numerous awards, including: the NCWIT Affiliate Computer Educator Award, 2019; NFTE Business Award, 2016; Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award – 2009, 2006, 2001.
Sharon is active in several professional activities and programs: Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Maryland Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT), and the Johns Hopkins University Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program. She also served as a citizen diplomat for the U.S. Department of State on a trip to Egypt to promote a friendly, working relationship between Egypt and Baltimore in healthcare, education, culture and information technology. She mentors several after school STEM programs in robotics, Maker Spaces, and entrepreneurship.
Why did you choose to partner with E4USA?
I chose to partner with E4USA because there needs to be an engineering course available for students that explains the “why”, “what”, “how” and “who” of engineering. I believe the E4USA program provides those answers to students and I wanted to be a part of that.