Sharon Jaso is the special education director at Kansas Connections Academy (KCA). She earned a bachelor’s degree from Bethel College, followed by a M.Ed. and administrative license from Wichita State University. She is also nationally board-certified to teach mild to moderate special education from early childhood through young adult. Ms. Jaso began teaching in 1995 and joined KCA in 2013. She shares more below.
“When I was 12 years old, I had the opportunity to teach a special needs CCD class in my church. From that point on, I knew what I wanted to do. I worked with Special Olympics and as a teacher’s aide through high school, and then went to college to major in education.
I love the relationships I build at KCA. I also enjoy the many different ways to meet students’ unique needs in the virtual setting. I feel like I get to know some of the parents better in this setting, as I’m much more likely to pick up the phone and call them than I was in the bricks-and-mortar setting. With the stellar curriculum, plethora of resources, and targeted support from our teachers, students who graduate from KCA are ready to take on any challenge and path they desire.
Our school community is made up of a wonderful blend of talented and unique individuals. Everyone comes here with a story and chooses to be here, and I think that is a main component in the strong bonds and sense of community we develop each year. I would tell prospective parents that if they have the time, energy, and willingness, to make the commitment needed to be an effective Learning Coach, and if their student has the desire to attend a virtual school, they won’t find a better school, stronger curriculum, or better staff than what we have at KCA.
Outside of school, I am a mom to two grown children. My son Zach is an Army veteran who is currently a full time college student, and my daughter is a nurse who is planning her wedding for next summer. I also have two fantastic step sons and six amazing grandchildren! In addition to many family events, I enjoy golfing, reading, crafting, swimming, playing tennis, and traveling.”
Our school community is made up of a wonderful blend of talented and unique individuals. Everyone comes here with a story and chooses to be here, and I think that is a main component in the strong bonds and sense of community we develop each year.