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.

High School: Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Location: Greenbelt, MD

Subject: Earth Science

Brief Bio: My background is in Earth Space Science. I earned an undergraduate degree from Frostburg State University in natural sciences and an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland in secondary science education – earth science. I have a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in earth & space science and teacher leadership. 

 
I began my teaching career at Eleanor Roosevelt High School as a science teacher in 1997. During my tenure at ERHS I have been the assist soccer coach, the character education chairperson, and the boys’ rugby coach. In 2015 I earned an engineering education certificate from the University of Texas and moved from the science department to the tech education department. In addition to being a full-time teacher I sponsor several clubs and am also the green school coordinator. Prior to being a teacher I worked for Computer Sciences Corporation. 
 
In 2016 I was the lead teacher during the IREX World Smart STEM Challenge. My team of students worked collaboratively with a team from Edinaman Senior High School in Ghana to win the Grand Prize for developing a prototype earth battery as a solution to rolling blackouts in Ghana. In 2018 I completed my Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellowship fieldwork at the Instituto Técnico Superior Damazo Zapata in Bucaramanga, Santander, Colombia. In 2019 I helped supervise an ERHS delegation of thirty students on a two-week trip to Japan. During this time I was in charge of ten students who participated in the science fair at Atsugi High School in the Kanagawa Prefecture. 
 

High School: Brentwood High School
 
Location: Brentwood, TN
 
Subjects: Physical Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering
 
Brief Bio: My educational background is in engineering. I earned a bachelor of science in the field of chemical engineering from Tennessee Technological University. I have been a high school educator since 2000. During my tenure at Brentwood High School I have coached boys' and girls' soccer, coached Science Olympiad teams, sponsored Science Bowl teams, and sponsored student led Bible study clubs. One privilege that was extended to me by administration has been appointing me as the Department Head of Sciences in 2007. Through this role I have enjoyed mentoring new teachers, advising on several school leadership committees, and championing new courses to be taught at BHS such as an engineering course. I can look back at my teaching career at pinpoint a few life experiences that have changed me an educator. One of these was a summer program called Research Experience for Teachers (RET). This program placed me in the role as a researcher in an engineering lab at Vanderbilt University and write curriculum based upon this research. It forced me to reflect on the learning process, the modalities of teaching, and the role of an educator in a classroom. I cannot thank the numerous people that graciously hosted me in these labs enough for the experience it gave me, for the impact it had on me as a professional, and the learning experience for my students. 
 
Why did you choose to partner with E4USA?
 
I was told by my administration that I was going to partner with this effort. However, if I had known about E4USA on my own accord I would have applied without hesitation. Partnering with E4USA for me is about what it brings to my students, my school, and my school's community. E4USA will bring a high quality education in engineering, partnerships with local universities, and local businesses. Providing students an exposure to E4USA will not only help expose young minds to what engineering is a topic but also the impact of engineering in their every day lives whether or not they choose to study engineering in a post-secondary education.

High School: Arcadia High Scool
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
 
Subject: Music
 
Brief Bio: Musician, GRAMMY® nominee, and internationally recognized Education Innovator, Richard Maxwell’s musical journey has been anything but typical. Along with his own musical pursuits, many times reflecting his desire to push the limits of how technology and the Creative Process can be linked, he also has an extensive background in the Symphony Orchestra world, having spent over a decade as a conductor. 
 
Maxwell has always looked to explore how music can cross genres and expectations, manifesting in his own music as well as culminating with his developing the groundbreaking, and ever evolving, Creative Musical Arts & Sciences (CMAS) program, at Arcadia High School, in Phoenix, Arizona – a fully open creative platform and record label run by students, all creating and producing their own music, that is endorsed by a who’s-who of music education and industry professionals. 
 
Grateful to have been recognized multiple times nationally, along with a host of awards and other honors, Richard is always up for exploring new ways to evolve the Creative Process, be it through producing others in recording studios, assisting musicians across any number of genres in getting the most out of their own musical resources of skills and equipment, working with student musicians, mentoring educators, or creating his own music. 
 
Complete this sentence: Engineering is _______.
 
in everything!
 

 

High School: College Park Academy
 
Location: College Park, MD
 
Subject: US History and AP US History
 
Brief Bio: I have always had an interest in cars and tinkering in general. After high school, I studied mechanical engineering with an automotive powertrain speciality at Kettering University. Due to unforeseen circumstance,s I had to transfer to a college closer to home. I moved to Salisbury University and worked as an automotive mechanic during my undergrad education. I graduated from Salisbury University with a Bachelor's Degree in history in 2006. After earning my degree, I spent seven years working for the horticulture department at Salisbury University. I was responsible for taking care of athletic fields and training college students to work with me. It was in this position that I gained an interest in teaching. I decided to go back to college to pursue a Master's in the Art of Teaching. I graduated with a MAT in 2014. I have been teaching at College Park Academy since.
 
Why did you choose to partner with E4USA?
 
I choose to partner with the E4USA course because we currently don't have any engineering curriculum at my school. The E4USA course will provide students at my school an introduction to engineering principles and concepts. To me engineering is chance to help the world and express yourself. 
High School: Plymouth Whitemarsh High School
 
Location: Plymouth Meeting, PA
 
Subject: Physics
 
Brief Bio:Jim Muscarella is physics and engineering teacher at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School in Plymouth Meeting, PA. He has taught Physics, Engineering, Physical Science, Chemistry, Electronics, Product Design and Earth & Space Science over a 24 year teaching career. From 2001-2017, Jim was the Science Department Head. He currently leads a newly created Entrepreneurship, Design and Innovation department. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering as well as an M.S. in Science of Instruction both from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

For more than a decade, Jim has created, implemented and developed a 3-course engineering program for high school students. He has worked with the Engineers’ Club of Philadelphia, Drexel University and local businesses to bring additional enrichment to his engineering students.  Additionally, Jim runs a rocketry club and leads the Plymouth Whitemarsh Science Olympiad team.

Why did you choose to partner with E4USA?

I attended the E4USA presentations at the ASEE Conference in Tampa Bay, FL this summer hoping to learn more about the program. I found a program that was consistent with the goals I had for my own program and I knew I wanted to be part of this project. As the lone engineering teacher at my high school, I was excited to be part of a program that encourages professional collaboration with the support of university staff. I’m hopeful that my experience with high school engineering curriculum will be useful to the program as well.

 High School: Oxon Hill High School
 
Location: Oxon Hill, MD
 
Subjects: Engineering II, Advanced Design, FOT
 
Brief Bio: Carlton Sims has taught at Oxon Hill High School for the past 12 years. He is a graduate of Washington Adventist University, Silver Spring Maryland. He also studied Architecture Design at Howard University. Mr. Sims previously worked for US Army Corps of Engineers. His tenure at Oxon Hill High School has included teaching subjects in Engineering, Advanced Design, Foundations of Technology, Technical Design, and Engineering Research Practicum. Mr. Sims has sponsored the school FRC Robotics Team, and coached the Varsity Baseball Team for a period of 10 years. He enjoys the teaching profession, and looks forward to continuing his impact on the career pathways of our aspiring students.
 
 

High School: H.D. Woodson High School

Location: Washington, DC

Subjects: Introduction to Engineering Design, Environmental Sustainability, Engineering Design and Development

Brief Bio: Angelique Sykes has been teaching for 24 years. Her teaching background includes Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Concepts of Physics, Earth Science and Principles of Engineering. Angelique earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Xavier University of Louisiana, and went on to earn an MPA from Southeastern University as well as an M.Ed. from George Washington University. She has advanced to candidacy in a doctoral program at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD.


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