Sharon Benaderet-Cohen began her 44 year career in education at Penn State University,majoring in Elementary Education. After teaching fifth grade for three years, she realized her calling and passion was in the area of special education. She received a Master’s Degree in Special Education and taught in many different types of classes for 17 years. These included: Communication Handicapped, Multiple Disabled, Learning Disabled and Emotionally Disturbed.
After 20 years of teaching, she changed her career and once again attended the College of New Jersey, receiving a certification as a Learning Disabilities Teacher/Consultant. She then spent 21 years assessing students for various disabilities including learning difficulties and autism. She also case managed students after placing them in an appropriate program. Some students were followed from age two-and-a-half to eighth grade. She also received a Supervision Certificate which allowed her to become an Adjunct Professor at Rowan University in New Jersey, supervising interns who were tudying to becoming LDT/C’s. Her vast 41-year career ended in retirement after touching the lives of hundreds of students and their families.
Most recently she re-invented herself as an adjunct professor at Penn State University at the Abington Campus where she was asked to write the Educational Theory/Multiple Perspectives class based on her varied teaching experiences. In addition to teaching this class, she also supervised Student Teachers in the field. These experiences allowed her to come full circle in education, sharing her knowledge with her student teachers. Utilizing her knowledge of the art of teaching along with the many success she has had, she was inspired by her students to write a book titled Touch a Life. It is a collection of inspirational stories of finding the “good” in a student and teaching to that “good.” This passion has been her mantra: When you inspire a student, they in turn inspire you to be a better teacher!