Payton Parent Fellow
Sharon Baker is motivated by her core belief that all children can achieve the academic excellence they so deserve if given an equal chance and a quality education. Sharon’s motto is “the sky is the limit” and she knows that when children have access to quality education there is no limit to what they can achieve. Sharon believes that there is power in partnerships and strongly feels that every child can succeed when schools and families work together. Sharon believes that fostering healthy relationships with a child’s school drives academic achievement and creates a healthy social and emotional learning environment. The voices of families are critical for creating the recipe for success for children, and she’s dedicated a lifetime of advocacy to help make it happen.
Over the years, Sharon has held many leadership roles in her community, including president, chairperson, and secretary of Local School Councils and Parent Advisory Councils, all providing her with a seat at the table to help raise school quality. Presently, Sharon sits on two different Local School Councils and one Parent Advisory Council. Sharon is an active member in several Chicago-based organizations and committees including the Illinois’ Region V Administration for Children & Family, Action Now, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), and Bronzeville CAC member.
Sharon attended Robert S. Abbott Elementary School and graduated from Wendell Phillips High School. She attended Illinois State University, Loyola University Chicago, and Chubb Institute Technology where she received a Computer Technician certificate. Sharon is a life-long learner and is enrolled currently online at Grand Canyon University in the Early Childhood Education program. Collectively, Sharon worked nearly 20 years as a Pharmacy Technician at University of Chicago and Mercy hospitals. Today, when Sharon is not studying or working at The First Impression of Chicago printing company, she enjoys spending time with her two sons and 10 grandchildren.