Sharon Baker, EdD joined the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in August 2020 to focus on Program Development. Prior to joining OSD she worked for twenty-five years at the University of Tulsa (TU) as a professor of Deaf Education. Dr. Baker's work at TU focused on teacher preparation and collaborating with schools for the deaf and local school districts to improve the educational outcomes of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Her primary area of research is bilingual language acquisition in signing deaf children. Dr. Baker holds a BS in Deaf Education, an MEd in Educational Administration, and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. She has served as the Project Director of two federal projects funded by USDOE Office of Special Education Programs. In addition, she has consulted with other national projects including Project Endeavor, a Broadband Technology Opportunity Program funded by the US Dept of Commerce and the Science of Learning Center for Visual Languages and Visual Learning (VL2) at Gallaudet University funded by the National Science Foundation. Prior to joining TU, she worked as a classroom teacher and as a school administrator. Three members of her family are deaf: her son and two grandchildren.