Sharon J. Hagan Gonder

Sharon Gonder

Title: Author, Editor, Consultant, Special Education Educator
Company: Osage Bend Publishing Company
Location: Jefferson City, Missouri, United States

Sharon J. Hagan Gonder, Author, Editor, Exhibitor, Presenter and Featured Speaker at Osage Bend Publishing Company, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in psychology.

Commencing her career in 1968 as a teacher and psychological examiner of 29 years with Jefferson City Public Schools, Ms. Gonder also served as an instructor at a mental health center from 1969 to 1971. Between 1976 and 1997, she served as a diagnostician staffing coordinator for the Non-Public By-Pass Program, a psychological examiner for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, a coordinator of Project Lift-Up at Lincoln University, a diagnostician for Metro Business College and a teacher and psychological examiner for Jefferson City Public Schools. In addition to these primary positions, Ms. Gonder also served as a program consultant and adjunct professor at Lincoln University. Since 1998, she has served as an author, editor, exhibitor, presenter and featured speaker for Osage Bend Publishing Company, having originally joined as a special programming consultant in 1989.

Notably, Ms. Gonder was named International Special Education Teacher of the Year in 1992 and Missouri State Special Education Teacher of the Year by the Missouri Federation Council for Exceptional Children in 1991. She attributes her success to being an advocate for her students and wanting to create change for those who need it the most. Among her current civic endeavors, she is involved with the Missouri Special Olympics, her local church as an elder, deacon and Sunday school teacher and nursing home entertainment and care. Ms. Gonder received a Bachelor of Science in education in 1968 and a Master of Education in special education in 1971, both from the University of Missouri. In 1978, she also achieved a Master of Education in counseling from Lincoln University. Her advice to those aspiring to enter her field is, “Roadblocks are not permanent. You could figure out a way to get over under and around.” To attest to her legacy, Ms. Gonder can also be found in various editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who of American Women.

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