Meet the Executive Director

The Belton Educational Foundation Executive Director, Sonja Abdelgawad.

Sonja is an innovative educator and civic leader, with over 20 years of experience working in education. Sonja holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from UMKC, and most recently earned an Education Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. Sonja has worked in the Belton School District off and on since 1997. Throughout her career, she has served as teacher, parent educator, instructional coach and district curriculum facilitator. She has also served as a member of the Raymore City Council since 2012.

“Sonja has not only a passion for supporting public education, but also has strength and experience as a community leader in Belton and surrounding areas”, said Boardmember, Joye Conklin. “Her dedication, enthusiasm and leadership are a great asset to the organization and the students of the Belton School District.”

“I love having the opportunity to blend my knowledge and passion for education with the joy of connecting with people in the community,” Abdelgawad says. “Supporting the teachers, students, and families in the Belton School District was an integral part of my work as an instructional coach and curriculum facilitator. As Executive Director of the Belton Educational Foundation, this opportunity increases exponentially in my day to day work. Working with the community, strengthens our progress toward the mission of the Foundation, to enrich educational opportunities and encourage innovation to maximize the learning potential for all students in the Belton School District.  It is truly my pleasure to partner with our donors in this work.”

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