Sharrell Howard is a life-long learner. She has dedicated herself to the advancement and enhancement of education for the coming generation.
Sharrell began her professional career as an intern at Turner Associates Architects and Planners while in 10th grade. She studied Architectural Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University. After graduation, she was hired at a Design/Build Firm in Charlotte N.C. Her dreams of designing buildings all over the country was now a reality. As a job captain in the firm, she managed projects and project teams. She also hired and trained high school interns in the community. The housing market crash in 2008 finally caused the firm to close the doors in 2010.
Jasmine Smith, her dear friend suggested the school system. She was immediately hired to teach high school Architecture and Engineering. She became very involved with the Engineering curriculum and achieved the distinction of master teacher. As a master teacher, she trained other teachers to effectively teach Engineering curriculums. In 2014, she was instrumental in the launch of a high school/early college Engineering program in Charlotte, NC. She assisted in introducing cross-curricular thinking and projects throughout the school using the project-based learning format. While working in the classroom, she obtained a Masters in Secondary Education and an MBA.
In 2014, she was named STEM Superstar by Piedmont Natural Gas. In 2017, she was nominated by NAF to be recognized as one of 40 top STEM educators in the United States by the 100Kin10 initiative set forth by President Obama. Her most notable achievement to date was the recognition at the 2015 Lowe’s Pride Awards, “STEAM Innovative Teacher of the Year”. She was the featured cover story of Pride magazine in 2015 “Women in STEM.” The March/April publication included an inspiring article about my achievements. Several of Charlotte’s local TV stations conducted inspiring interviews as the “STEAM Innovative Teacher of the Year” in her classroom. These experiences and achievements have led to the development of “The Professional Classroom Playbook.”