Karima Sharper, Centerville Elementary Special Education teacher, was surprised to learn that she is the Frederick County Public Schools 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year. The school system’s most prestigious award recognizes outstanding representatives of the teaching profession.
Ms. Sharper joined Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) in 2003. She has 15 years of teaching experience as a special educator, more than 10 years of experience implementing reading-intervention programs, five years of participation on the FCPS Elementary Math Intervention Committee, and a host of other accomplishments. Ms. Sharper also has more than 10 years of service as a mentor teacher for interns from Hood College.
Principal Tracy Hilliard says, “Karima is a dynamic and motivating teacher at Centerville. She is a mentor to many staff members in the building. She is willing to share instructional practices and demonstrate how to use those practices in the classroom to improve student progress. Karima has introduced instructional technology and applications to the staff to increase students’ motivation and participation in the classroom. She shows that collaboration is a key to the success of all students, not just the students with special needs.”
Ms. Sharper earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in special education and elementary education from High Point University in High Point, NC, in 2001. She earned her Master of Arts degree in curriculum and instruction in 2006 from the University of Phoenix, online.
“This year, we had 69 outstanding Teacher of the Year nominees. Ms. Sharper stood out,” said Superintendent Dr. Theresa Alban. “Ms. Sharper represents the many excellent teachers who serve children in Frederick County public schools. I’m especially proud that she represents the dedicated men and women who deliver outstanding special education services throughout Frederick County.”
Audi Frederick sponsors a new car for the FCPS Teacher of the Year so she can represent the school system in style! In addition, she will receive accolades and opportunities for professional development at both state and county levels.
The Board of Education of Frederick County will honor Ms. Sharper and all the school district nominees at a special recognition ceremony on Friday, May 12. The Maryland Board of Education will honor Ms. Sharper along with the winners from Maryland’s 23 other school districts at a luncheon and state board meeting on Tuesday, May 23 and at the 27th Annual Maryland Teacher of the Year Awards Gala on Friday, October 27, when the state-level winner is announced. Maryland’s Teacher of the Year will go on to compete for the National Teacher of the Year award.