BIO Sharon Ball is an engineering teacher at Patterson High School in Baltimore, Maryland. She has a Master’s degree in Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. Prior to teaching, Sharon worked at Lockheed Martin as a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer in Baltimore, Maryland. She held security clearances from the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy while there. She received numerous company awards and was nominated for “Engineer of the Year” for the National Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference in 1992. She coaches several afterschool STEM programs which include working with industry representatives to mentor girls who are interested in pursuing careers in engineering and computer science. Her zest for teaching has earned her numerous awards and recognition, including: TEEAM/ITEEA AWARD OF EXCELLENCE Maryland High School Engineering & Technology Education Program 2018-19; NFTE Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, 2016; the Baltimore Council of PTA’s “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” – 2009, 2006; the Reginald F. Lewis “Outstanding Teacher of the Year”, 2001; the Governor’s Citation for High School “Program Excellence” in Technology, 2000; and TEEAM’s Outstanding Educator Award, 2000. In 2004, Sharon served as a citizen diplomat for the U.S. Department of State on a trip to Egypt. She traveled with the Baltimore, Luxor, Alexandria Sister City Committee (BLA-SCC). The objective was to promote a friendly, working relationship between Egypt and Baltimore in healthcare, education, culture and information technology. As a teacher, she initiated an “E-mail Pen-Pal” program between Egyptian Students and students in the Baltimore City Public School System. The program allowed students to interact via e-mail, exchange ideas, and enhance cultural understanding between Americans and Egyptians.