Meet Sharon Blake

Sharon’s parents were proud residents of Prince George’s County, but she was born at Freeman’s Hospital, known today as Howard University Hospital, because it was the only local hospital that delivered African-American babies at that time.

Like Krish, Sharon is a proud product of Maryland’s public education system. She was the third of seven children—all of whom attended Prince George’s County Public Schools. Sharon’s parents viewed education as the key to achieving the best possible life and sacrificed everything for their children to have access to higher education. After graduating from Frederick Sasscer Junior-Senior High School, Sharon attended Morgan State College, now University, where she graduated with a degree in social sciences.

Spending four decades in the classroom, she began her career at Greenspring Middle School and went on to teach at Northwestern High School, Frederick Douglass High School, the Institute of Business & Entrepreneurship at Walbrook High School, Renaissance Academy High School, The Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy, among others, through which she helped thousands of students fulfill their potential. Sharon was a leader among her fellow teachers in the Social Studies department and was elected multiple times to serve as President of the Baltimore Teachers Union. She also served on numerous statewide educational panels including the “Safe Schools Interagency Steering Committee” and the “Visionary Panel for Better Schools.”