Title: Special Education Teacher (Retired)
Company: Unified School District 336
Location: Holton, Kansas, United States
Sharon Holliday McDonald, retired Special Education Teacher at Unified School District 336, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in special education.
Mrs. McDonald started out as a mathematics major in college. She graduated at the top of her class in high school and received a scholarship to the University of Missouri, going into the honors program as a mathematics major. While enrolled in college, her roommates were education majors and they had a field trip planned. In Fulton Missouri, there was a residential school for the deaf, and Mrs. McDonald accompanied her roommates on their trip to the school. From her profound experience on that trip, she decided to change her major and began to specialize in special education. In addition, she considers the pursuit of her profession as a religious calling. Mrs. McDonald earned a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Missouri in 1969, and continued her academic pursuits, earning a Master of Science in education from Kansas State University in 1973 and later adding another 58 hours of credit.
Throughout the duration of Mrs. McDonald’s career, the highlight that stands out is seeing her students graduate from high school and become productive citizens. Mrs. McDonald began her professional career in 1969 at Ottumwa Public Schools, where she was a special education teacher. Later that year she moved on to Washington Community Schools, where she taught until 1971, when she joined the Unified School District 336 as a special education teacher, serving in that role until 1975. In 1980, she returned to her position and remained there until her retirement in 2004. As a testament to her success, Mrs. McDonald has received myriad accolades, including being named an Outstanding Nutrition Educator by the Midland Dairy Council in 1994 and being named to the Outstanding Young Women of America in 1973 and 1984. As a further honor, she has also been listed in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who of American Women and the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award (yet to be publicized).
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