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Adedeji Named Carroll County Teacher of the Year

Release Date: 4/30/2010 8:07:28 AM

Sharon Adedeji, English Department Chair at Century High School, was named Carroll County 2010 Teacher of the Year during the Board of Education’s employee recognition ceremony on Thursday, April 29, 2010.


Adedeji earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Language and Literature with a Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1996. She received her Masters of Arts Degree from Towson University in 2002 and received National Board Certification in English and Language Arts for Adolescent and Young Adults in 2005.


Adedeji began her teaching career as a long-term substitute at the Carver Center for Arts and Teaching in Towson, Maryland. She then became an English and Journalism teacher at Owings Mills High School in Owings Mills, Maryland. Adedeji is currently the English Department Chair at Century High School, where she has been since 2006. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at Century, Adedeji has coordinated high school assessment intervention, remediation and Bridge Projects for at- risk students and advised the student newspaper and the Student Government Association.


Adedeji is a member of several professional associations. They include the National Council of Teachers of English, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the International Center for Leadership in Education.


Adedeji’s personal philosophy has always been “pursue happiness through knowledge and understanding.” According to Adedeji, as a student her love of school and the classroom made teaching a natural choice. She cites her greatest accomplishment as a teacher as “the knowledge that I’ve prepared students to succeed.”


According to Janetta Jayman, Supervisor of English and World Languages, Adedeji’s ability to reach and motivate students is also evident in her interactions with colleagues. She has been instrumental in creating the framework for the school system’s Pre-K to 12 Comprehensive Writing Assessment Program. As English Content Liaison for Century High School, she develops learning opportunities for English teachers in her building, incorporating a focus on vertically aligned instruction. Jayman also feels that by piloting the county ActivInsprie, Activslates, and Activotes within English instruction, Adedeji makes her teaching current and relevant for 21st Century learning.


As her supervisor, Jayman says Adedeji believes she can “create classroom climates in which all students will be successful. As a result of this belief, she works tirelessly to modify her instruction to meet the varying learning needs of her students and to bring relevancy to her classroom instruction.” 


The Carroll County Teacher of the Year Award is presented annually to an individual who represents Carroll County teachers in the Maryland Teacher of the Year Program, and possibly the National Teacher of the Year Program. Working in collaboration with the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, this year’s finalists for Teacher of the Year were selected by the Chamber of Commerce as winners of the Chamber’s Outstanding Teacher Awards.

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